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For those on Team UfYH who could use a little nudge with their job search.

Hello to all the unemployed, funemployed, underemployed, or people who just plain hate your job! This challenge has three parts. Pick the one that’s applicable to you, or do all three if you need to.

  1. How’s your resume? I bet it could use a little work. Take half an hour and really polish that thing up.
  2. COVER LETTERS. I know. They’re painful sometimes.You really should have a semi-generic one all set up to customize, so work on that for a half hour or so. Have a specific job in mind? Take this time to tailor one for that job. It’s really only a few paragraphs. You just need to get started.
  3. Time to apply. Let’s give a goal of three applications/resumes sent out today. Three is easy. Three is doable.

Bonus challenge. If you’ve haven’t left the house in a while, go ahead and hop in the shower. I promise it won’t hurt. It’ll feel really nice. After your shower, put on something a step up from pajamas. Trust me, it helps.

This is less an unfuck your habitat thing and more of an unfuck your life thing: I'm losing my mind finding jobs. I can't come up with a system that works, really (well, I don't have a job yet?), and by the end of the day my eyes are all hurty and I feel like I've done nothing. What should I do?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Set yourself clear but achievable goals. Apply for three jobs per day. Spend half an hour fine-tuning your cover letter. Get in touch with three potential contacts, that sort of thing.

It’s shitty out there. It is. The job market sucks, and it’s hard for everyone. Make an effort every day to move from “unemployed” to “finding employment.” Take a shower. Put on real clothes. Go out into the world. Give yourself a daily agenda. Know what day of the week it is. This all sounds a little silly, but it’s way too easy to get in a self-defeating cycle.

Hello to all the unemployed, funemployed, underemployed, or people who just plain hate your job! This challenge has three parts. Pick the one that’s applicable to you, or do all three if you need to.

  1. How’s your resume? I bet it could use a little work. Take half an hour and really polish that thing up.
  2. COVER LETTERS. I know. They’re painful sometimes.You really should have a semi-generic one all set up to customize, so work on that for a half hour or so. Have a specific job in mind? Take this time to tailor one for that job. It’s really only a few paragraphs. You just need to get started.
  3. Time to apply. Let’s give a goal of three applications/resumes sent out today. Three is easy. Three is doable.

Bonus challenge. If you’ve haven’t left the house in a while, go ahead and hop in the shower. I promise it won’t hurt. It’ll feel really nice. After your shower, put on something a step up from pajamas. Trust me, it helps.

any tips on unfucking (well, creating) a resume?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Ooh! I can answer this! In my secret identity life, I’m (on occasion) a hiring manager, so I have pointers! Of course, there are many many resources out there, and everything varies by industry, so your mileage may vary.

  1. Keep it short. More than one page makes me roll my eyes.
  2. Bullet points.
  3. Don’t try to BS me with fancy words. I know fancy words. I want to know what you did, how you did it, and what the results were.
  4. Talk results. If you opened 28 new accounts in a year, tell me. If you had 12% growth over last year, tell me. What did you accomplish?
  5. Putting your hobbies on there makes everyone a little uncomfortable. I don’t want to go ice skating with you, I want to work with you.
  6. Don’t say you can do things you can’t, but tell me all the things you can do.
  7. Don’t lie. Embellish, sure, everyone does, but we do actually check this shit.
i always, ALWAYS dress up! cardigan, pencil skirt, heels, modest make up, the whole shebang. but thanks! also, a tip for college job situation unfuckers, here's a tip i just learned: have different resumes that highlight your experiences in different fields. for example: retail, food service, administrative, etc. AND ALWAYS ALWAYS BRING A RESUME. EVEN IF YOU ARE APPLYING TO A BAGEL SHOP. JUST DO IT.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

YES.

ALL OF THAT.

currently unfucking my work situation. (i wasn't getting any hours & was basically beng treated like crap even though i'm a great employee.) so i've written my two weeks notice for my crap-job, & i have a lead for a part-time assistant job at a law firm but i want to pose a question to the unfuck community. since i'm going to be leaving town for winter break, should i stop by the office & introduce myself with resume in hand or is that jumping the gun since i've only heard that they're hiring?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Stop by, dressed up, (sorry, I’m a hiring manager and that’s one of my biggest things), ask if you can leave a resume and/or set up a time to speak to someone. Be extra super mega polite to the receptionist. If no one is available to meet with you, ask if it would be better to leave your resume or submit it another way. And then DON’T PESTER THEM. This goes against most traditional job-seeking advice, but for me and most of the other hiring managers I know, the fastest way to find yourself at the bottom of the pile is taking up my time with follow-up phone calls and emails.

For my job search, I dropped my resume off at temping agencies. I know that temping is certainly NOT a permanent solution, but it's something, and you can always ask for temp-to-hire or something similar. I have an interview this week for a contract-to-hire position found through one of these agencies. Just be sure to find one that's not going to make you pay them. And this is a case where being a persistent pest (i.e. calling weekly to ask about openings) pays off.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

More job hunting advice!

also for the job search! i like to go to craigslist and send in resumes to secretary positions and the like when i'm feeling discouraged. they almost always ask for an interview! and if you're a college student, take advantage of your career center. your first visit for resume revision and to get entered into their job search data base. GO DO IT.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

More for job seekers!

Asker elledeau Asks:
OH! A suggestion for the Job Search Challenge! I've been doing this for the last week and it may be beneficial to some people - namely people planning to do a job search within the next year - I've started keeping track of what kinds of 'accomplishments' I want to be able to share at my next interview (writing & design samples are one example) so that over the course of the next year I can make sure I'm focusing my efforts on "shareable accomplishments" not just phoning it in.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Job seekers, take note!

Hello to all the unemployed, funemployed, underemployed, or people who just plain hate your job! This challenge has three parts. Pick the one that’s applicable to you, or do all three if you need to.

  1. How’s your resume? I bet it could use a little work. Take half an hour and really polish that thing up.
  2. COVER LETTERS. I know. They’re painful sometimes.You really should have a semi-generic one all set up to customize, so work on that for a half hour or so. Have a specific job in mind? Take this time to tailor one for that job. It’s really only a few paragraphs. You just need to get started.
  3. Time to apply. Let’s give a goal of three applications/resumes sent out today. Three is easy. Three is doable.

Bonus challenge. If you’ve haven’t left the house in a while, go ahead and hop in the shower. I promise it won’t hurt. It’ll feel really nice. After your shower, put on something a step up from pajamas. Trust me, it helps.