It can be hard work getting a job in NYC but it is not impossible, so let’s look at how to go about it.
GET CLEAR WITH YOURSELF ABOUT NEW YORK CITY.
Despite whatever you have heard about how cutthroat and competitive the job market is in NYC, be assured that as a group New Yorkers will have the same spread of kindness, horribleness, helpfulness and unhelpfulness as everywhere else in the nation.
GET CLEAR WITH YOURSELF ABOUT WHAT KIND OF JOB YOU WANT.
Start generally: a professional or semi-skilled job? A full-time or part-time job? Work with a big established company or with a start-up?
If you have profesional qualifications or on the job experience in particular industries or professions write that down and then think laterally. Do those qualifications or experience allow you to branch out into jobs you haven’t done before?
Taking everything you know about yourself and what you like doing write down the specifics of the perfect job for you. It’s a good way of clarifying what you haven’t yet got clear in your mind.
BEFORE YOU START LOOKING REMIND YOURSELF OF THIS:
The difference between your expectation of what the job market is like and what it’s actually like can only be explored by taking action. Every step you take towards a job will give you new knowledge and experience of the what the NYC job market is actually like. So be determined to act so you can hone your knowledge. Don’t be scared of things not working out. Everything you do will bring you new knowledge of what to do next.
LEAN ON YOUR NETWORKS:
Whether you are from out of town or already living in NYC you know people who are already working in or have knowledge of the NYC job market and who may be able to tell you of opportunities or know of people to whom you can be introduced. List them. Send them a respecful email or ring them and if emailing them include a very short elevator pitch on what you have to offer, personal qualitites: works hard, committed, proven track record etc and skills: experienced programmer, trained barista and qualified emergency nurse etc.
If you are on Linked In, this is what the website is for, to find out who works where and with whom. Ruthlessly search it for people you can contact.
SEARCH ONLINE FOR JOBS AVAILABLE:
A simple Google search will yield websites that list jobs in the NYC Public Service, jobs on Craigslist, sites which list both professional and semi skilled jobs. Go into all of them and add what seem like the most useful sites to your personal list of useful job search resources.
IF YOU HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO IT, SET UP A DESK IN A GOOD NETWORKING ENVIRONMENT.
Think Hive at 55 or We Create NYC . Both of these places are great if you want a job in a creative field. Or join one of the many volunteer organizations in NYC where you will meet lots of New Yorkers and, at the appropriate time, after making a few friends, talk jobs.
BE STRATEGIC ABOUT YOUR INTERVIEWING:
If you are from out of town, do heaps of work beforehand online and on the phone and come to NYC for a week. Schedule lots of job interviews with sufficient time between them to allow you to travel easily by subway from one locale to another.
If you are already in NYC and working, schedule your job interviews before or after work or during lunchtime. It’s your business that you are looking for another job. No one from your present workplace needs to know.
None of the above will guarantee you a job but without taking these steps you drastically reduce your chances. If you are not initially successful you will know a lot more about the NYC job environment after doing it all. And then you start again using what you have already discovered to make your next job hunt more successful. The New York City job market is not dead easy to crack but then again it’s not impossible either. Best of luck.
IF YOU HAVE TO TAKE A GFN (Good For Now) JOB IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD.
We’ve all had to do it and they are useful and not just for the money. Any job helps you understan what you really want to do. Believe me most of us swim through the soup of not knowing until we DO REALLY KNOW.