With this Sunday being Father’s Day, now is a great time to reflect on how all of that fatherly wisdom can apply in the job hunt. You know those things dad always says… “When I was your age…” and “Do you think I’m made of money?” We generally know what dad was talking about, but from a different angle, many of these phrases are good advice for job seekers.
“A little hard work never hurt anyone.”
This one is straightforward enough. Although dad was maybe talking about homework or mowing the yard, it applies to adults as well. Looking for a job can be tough. There are lots of applications, nerve-racking interviews, phone calls, and more. It feels overwhelming, but if you are persistent, your hard work will pay off. Follow-up on positions you’ve applied for. Make sure you’re networking and researching; you’re more likely to find a position that is a good fit, and maybe even one that isn’t listed on job boards yet.
“Because I said so.”
Sometimes this one could be frustrating, but there is something to learn from it. As you’re looking for work, you’ll start to realize that not everything in the process makes sense to you. For instance, why do you have to type in your job history again and again on multiple applications, when you already have it all on your resume? Or, maybe you’re applying with a business that only has online applications, and you prefer paper ones. Sometimes, questions on the application may not make sense. Listen to dad on this one, and just follow the directions during the application process. Most of the time, the rules are there for a reason. Sometimes, companies are just wanting to see how well applicants can follow directions.
“Go ask your mother.”
When dad used this one, he was calling for backup. Similarly, don’t be afraid to get support during your job hunt. Family and friends are great resources when it comes to proofreading resumes, making introductions, practicing for interviews, or even just being there to calm your nerves during the stressful process. Some of your friends may have been in similar situations and may be able to offer tips on what worked for them.
“You’ll understand when you’re older.”
No young person likes to hear this, but when you’re looking for work, the truth is, experience does help. Even if you’re new to the workforce, take a moment to think about those transferrable skills that could get you hired. Have you been raising a family? Did you just graduate? Consider those soft skills that would make you a great employee, and emphasize them. Do you have great communication skills? Are you good at organizing? If you need to gain more experience, consider volunteering, or starting at an entry level position so you can gain some work history. Be patient, you’ll learn as you go.
If you need help with your job search, contact your local Penmac Staffing office. Penmac offers free help finding a job. As you look for work, consider all of the things great parenting can teach us about work. Happy father’s day!