Trying to land a job can be a lengthy, boring, lonely and challenging experience, and it can leave you feeling like sh*t. Year13 is always trying to make your lives just that little bit easier, so here’s our best tips on how to land a job. And don’t worry, you’ll be earning that sweet cash in no time.

A study by the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management explores people’s mental health when they lose their jobs and how they fare in the 20 weeks that follow. The study showed that those who engaged in more intense job searches displayed better mental health than those who weren’t trying as hard. So keep on trying and get applying here.

Remember your resume is a self-promotional document

You want to make yourself look awesomely hireable and your resume’s purpose is to get you a job interview. It’s not a job application and it’s not a confessional. Be picky with what you choose to include in your resume and what you don’t. So include anything relevant to the job you’re applying for and don’t include your last job if your manager’s going to give you a bad reference.

Your resume isn’t about past jobs, it’s about you!

Include how you performed and what you achieved in your past employment. Any accomplishments that are more relevant for the work you are trying to get into should be at the top of the list. Ideally, your resume allows your new boss to see how you’ll perform in your desired job. Rather than ‘responsibilities included’, write ‘on-the-job accomplishments’.

Consider a Job Objective

In less than 10 words, describe the kind of work or challenge that you’re looking for. It shows your employers that you’re motivated, driven and looking towards the future.

Don’t have any experience? Get some!

Find somewhere (in your field) that will take you on for a week’s worth of work experience, an internship or do some volunteer training. Not only will this prove you have some experience in the field, you’ll acquire a list of useful skills you can now add to your CV.

Don’t use distracting formats

Your resume must be easy to read, otherwise your prospective employer probably won’t bother giving it a read. Use clear font and do not use lots of colours. Write what you have done, whom you have worked for and how successful you were. Try and keep your resume to two pages or less (three is pushing it) and be sure to check for spelling and grammatical errors.

Break in your work history? Fill the gap!

Don’t leave those three months that you weren’t working blank. Look at it differently and say what you were doing in the most charming way that you can. For example, you could say you were studying as a full-time student, you were on exchange in Germany, or you were traveling through South America.

Develop a strategy

Focus on the process and try to stress less about the results. Keep track of the calls you make, the emails you send and the applications you make. Make sure you follow up on interviews (you are not annoying, you’re driven). Don’t allow yourself to get down after missing out after the first couple of interviews. You caaaaan’t stop (cue Miley Cyrus).

Sell yourself

Practice talking yourself up for the interview. Think about the advantages and benefits you can bring to the company and talk about them. Show your potential boss that you’re successful with examples of how you fixed problems in your previous jobs. Even when you hand your resume in, talk yourself up if you can. Practice with your friends or family or record yourself so you can see what you need to fix.

Apply for anything and everything

If you’re urgently in need of cash, don’t be picky over what you’re applying for. Not being able to pay your bills is going to make you feel a lot worse than working in a job you hate to get you by (for the time being). Working in a bar at night means you have all day to look for jobs and go to interviews. The job you have today is not the job you will have forever and thinking “I’m too good for this,” is never going to help.

Don’t think, “What can you do for me?”

Your goal in an interview is to give your possible employers enough good reason to hire you. It’s not about what they can do for you. Once they have hired you, you can ask what they can do for you and you can decide if you want the job or not.

Do your research!

You’ve been given an interview and now the first step is to gather information. Know the answers to, “What do you know about our company?” and, “Why do you want to work here?” (Hint: not money).

Be prepared

Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for an interview, allocate an appropriate amount of time for travel and know exactly where you’ll need to be. Know your interviewers name and use it during the interview and remember to bring an extra copy of your resume and a list of references. Keep calm, remember to thank the interviewer and tell them again how much you’d love to work for them.

Suit up

No jeans, sweat pants, sneakers, piercings, tattoos, not-ironed clothes, spiked hair, short skirts, tight dresses or shorts that show half your ass-cheek. If there is one day in your life where you dress conservatively – this is it. Even for retail or bar jobs (or anything not in an office) it is still better to dress more conservatively than what you would consider is the dress code of the industry. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed and if you’re not sure, ask about the dress code with the person who scheduled the interview.

Written by Emma Trkulja