What do I do? Try another field?
The question for today is, “it’s been over a year since I graduated college and I can’t find a job in my field. What should I do?
The original question was from a graphic designer who has been on 20 interviews so far and is nothing to show for. They are thinking of taking a job as a sheriff or a car salesman (I think you’re being sarcastic here). They are wondering what to do.
Your resume is obviously good enough because you’ve gotten 20 interviews. The problem breaks down to you don’t interview well and need to learn how to answer interview questions effectively.
If you want to give up, that’s your prerogative but you will be learning the habit of giving up, instead of trying to fix the problem.
How do you learn how to interview well? There are lots of ways. I will do a quick commercial for myself and JobSearchCoachingHQ.com where I have curated information from around the web that I and others have created, where you can watch, listen to or read great information that will help you find work.
But, if you want to give up, go ahead!
You can also do Google searches, YouTube searches, look on job boards sites for information and, from they are, practice it. Practice how to answer these questions more effectively.
Have people observe you so that you get their input on how to interview because, at the end of the day when you’re going for a graphic design job or any job, you will have to interview… And you’ve already demonstrated that you don’t know how to do it well.
By the way, let me back up for second. I believe a person can dissect their own job search and where it is breaking down very easily.
If you are not getting interviews, focus on the resume. If you are getting interviews in not being invited back for second interviews, focus on your first interviewing skills. If you are being invited for second interviews but not getting offers are invited back for thirds, focus on your skills for second interviews and where it is breaking down. If the offers are coming in low you are not making them, “fall in love.”
If you are getting job offers but they are coming in low, there are things that you are doing where you’re leaving them with doubts and causing them to say to themselves, “Screw it. If he takes it great. If she accepts, fine.” They’re not in love with you.
That’s the way you dissect your job search.
For you, you are getting interviews so the resume is okay. Get better at it; you will get better results.
Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.