I’m a millennial – a member of a generation that often gets a bad rep. I’ve heard it all – we’re dependent, we’re needy, we’re entitled, etc. I can’t say I disagree with any of those statements but I’d like to think we have some redeeming qualities. If nothing else, we’re hungry. Since many of us graduated from college during a time of economic crisis, being creative about job hunting is key. Don’t you ever feel like your resume goes into a black hole when you apply online? Thinking outside of the box sets you apart. Here are some way that millennials are job searching:
1. Social Media – We put our entire lives on social media sometimes so why not job search on there too? While I’ve never done this myself, I’ve known a few people who have tweeted recruiters and hiring managers….and ended up getting interviews. It’s crazy how you can connect to literally anyone through social media. I would warn though that whoever you’re tweeting will either think that you’re bold or that you’re completely annoying…but hey, it’s worth a shot.
2. Craigslist – I always hear people say how it’s not worth looking on Craiglist for jobs because there are never any good ones. Well, they are wrong. You might not find big name companies posting on Craiglist but there are plenty of great jobs to find there. I actually found my first job right out of college on Craiglist. It was at an internet start-up and after a few months there, they were acquired by one of the biggest ecommerce companies in the world – which meant I was all of a sudden working for a big name company, had a nifty stock package, and a more impressive resume. You never know what an opportunity might lead to!
3. At A Bar – Ok so I don’t necessarily mean at a bar, though I do know someone who met someone at a bar, who introduced him to someone else, who hired him for a job. What I mean is network – anywhere you can, literally. That guy you see every morning at Starbucks getting a tall skinny vanilla latte? Yep, he might be the president of a fortune 500 company. Sadly, these days, it’s about who you know, not what you know. Get your name out there. As you grow your circle of acquaintances, chances are someone you know knows someone who can help you land your dream job.
But in any job search and at any age, persistence and a little bit of patience is important. Don’t give up because you haven’t found a job right for you. It’s out there somewhere so go find it and don’t settle.
What are some creative ways you have found jobs?