Finding a job is something the vast majority of us is going to have to deal with at least once in our professional lives. It is a big decision to make, especially when (and let’s be honest here) most of us don’t go to school knowing what they want to do when they grow up.
It is hard to tell if what we study is what we’re going to end up doing, or even if it’s what we want to do later on. Some of us have a clear view of the path we’d like to take while other will most likely change their careers multiple times. There is no right or wrong here, but there is a way to make job hunting easier and more enjoyable.
When looking for a job or an internship, there are a few things you want to keep in mind to make sure you’re finding the position that’s right for you:
- Are you looking to work for a big company or would a small startup get your wheels going faster? Different people have different preferences, some need more stability while others seek for thrills.
- I’ve personally tried both – As soon as I graduated from Law School I started working at major corporate-like law firm which provided me with financial security, a clear career path and a lot of stability, but I also felt like I was going nowhere and making a very slow progress in life. After a while, I decided to make a career change and went to work for a small early-stage startup, and boy, what a rollercoaster it was. I learned so much in a course of a year, but with the thrill also came the ongoing sense of uncertainty – Are we going to take off or are we making no progress?
- I realized that I loved the thrill but also needed a little bit more stability, and there came along monday.com (where I currently work), which provided me with a good balance and advantages of both worlds. Today I’m happy to say that I still get to be working on different projects, take on new initiatives, bring ideas to the table, while maintaining what I call a ‘flexible order’, and personally, I love it!
- Who do you want to work with? This is a crucial aspect of your professional life as you’re going to work with mostly the same people every day. When interviewing for a job, try to look around the office and see who you’ll be working with – Does it look like you can have things in common with them? Do they look happy? This can tell a lot about what it would be like for you to work there.
Make sure that you’re entering a work environment which will get you motivated. You don’t need to be best friends with your co-workers, but you do need to like working with them, otherwise you wouldn’t want to go to work.
- This item might be tricky, but it’s also important for your own growth. Try thinking of where you would like to be in 5 years from now. Have you always been dreaming of a specific role or industry, being in a management role, etc. You don’t need to have a clear answer right now, but try to at least have an idea as it will help you choose the right career path for you.
- Keeping all of that in mind, the most important thing you need to think about is what gets you going in the morning? You want to make sure you’re passionate about what you do and that you actually like waking up in the morning, getting out of bed and going to work. Think of the last role you’ve had, what was the part of it you enjoyed most? Great, now look for a job that allows you to pursue it.
Now that we know what we need to take into consideration when searching for a job, let me tell you how I searched for a job and what I found useful on my way to securing the best job ever:
Make sure you do your research. Look for all the optional positions in your field, see which roles you could enjoy the most and focus on those.
Write your resume/cv, cover letter and make sure you have anything needed to apply. You really don’t want to submit partial applications as it’ll decrease your chances of even having your application being fully reviewed.
- Send your resume/cv to as many companies/organizations as you want. Sometimes you’ll be interested in a position but when looking at the job requirements you’ll start thinking ‘Am I a good candidate? Is my resume enough to qualify for a job?’ My suggestion for you is to apply even if you think you might not qualify. If you are a strong candidate with a great application, the lack of experience might not be as relevant as it would be for other candidates.
- You scheduled an interview? Great news. Now, research the different companies/organizations you’re interviewing for. What do they do? What do people say about the company? What’s the average salary for the role you’re seeking? Read the reviews, come prepared.
- Congratulations! You got a job offer. You’re almost at the end of the road. Make sure to carefully read the offer, see that you’re satisfied with the salary and terms and don’t be afraid to negotiate (but also stay realistic and know what is the industry standard). Take a deep breath, sign the offer and go celebrate with your family and friends.
The road to securing a job can be very stressful, but if you do it right you might find yourself enjoying it. So what have we learned here?
- Think of what will make you wake up happy in the morning.
- Choose a work environment which will motivate you – The industry, the size of the organization and the people who you’ll be working with.
- Apply to relevant positions and make sure you have your cv and any other required documentation up do date.
- Do your research and come prepared to all your interviews.
- Go to monday.com/lp/students to see how we can help make your life as a student better and way more fun. You might even be eligible for a free account!
- Go to monday.com to see if there’s a relevant position for you – we’re always looking to add more people to our team.