Trying to find a job or an internship can be difficult. Things like searching for jobs online, sending your CV and calling to check up on your application become part of your daily routine. Despite all our time and effort, we often receive very little response from recruiters. Frustration and discouragement can often get the better of us. In order to avoid this, here is a practical guide that you can adopt to help you make the most of your job search!
Article by Roseline Laloupe
1st step: Ask yourself the right questionsIt's an important step that we often miss out, but why? We tend to throw ourselves straight into searching on job boards and updating our profiles on social networks, applying for jobs and contacting recruiters. As the internet is so accessible, we are completely sucked into this method of finding a job. What's more, the society we live in always wants us to be constantly active and any time spent "inactive" is considered as counterproductive. However, it's important to ask yourself the right questions before you start your search for a job or internship. Take a break and think about what you really want.
"What do I really want to do with my life? What sector do I want to work in?"
"Would I feel better working at a big company or somewhere smaller and more "human"? How would I like to work: as an employee, a contractor or a freelancer?"
"What values would I like to have in my professional life? Am I willing to make compromises in order to be successful? If so, what values am I willing to compromise?"
Who am I? What adjectives best describe me?"What motivates and excites me on a daily basis? What kind of person do I want to be?" It's therefore best to start with this step, as "what you want to do" depends on "who you are". It's not a simple exercise, trust me, I know. Try to think about all the moments in your life when you have felt joy: organising a birthday party, backpacking, reading, sprucing up a wardrobe... by doing so you can identify the signs of satisfaction necessary for your professional growth. For example, I enjoy going to Afro-American concerts. From this, I can deduce that I like learning about culture and therefore need a stimulating job that would allow me to learn and meet different people. Don't impose limits, it's just a chat with yourself! You can also take some personality tests (for example the 16 Personalities test) to help identify your strengths and weaknesses.
2nd step: Assume your status as a job seeker!changing your CV? That's a bit strange as there are quite a lot of jobs in your sector." Don't be ashamed of your situation: yes you're a job (or internship) seeker. You are someone who knows what they want and won't give up despite the difficulties that come with finding a job. I strongly encourage you to talk about yourself and your job search to each and every person you meet, whenever you get a chance. By doing so, you are unknowingly setting off a chain reaction within your network. However, pay attention to how you communicate! Rather than using vocabulary like "on the dole", use "looking for a job", "motivated" and present yourself as "professional", "ready to take on new challenges" and "persistent". If there's one thing you should bear in mind throughout your job search, it's that you need to come out of your shell! Talking about yourself to those around you (your network) about your skills, personality and career plans will have a much bigger impact that sending your CV to an unknown recruiter. Looking for a job, and talking about it loudly and proudly, is what Audrey, a young Marketing and Digital professional, did. Thanks to her network, she managed to find a job in a dynamic company that suited her perfectly!
3rd step: Keep living your lifeIt's easy to say and easy to do! Whether you have been looking for a job for a year or for 6 months, don't neglect your personal life. It's important to set aside time to do the things you love: music, blogging, nights out, theatre, travel, etc. The idea is to live as though you had a job or internship and continue to meet new people and see friends.
Article translated by Cherie Gamble