Try these tips to move your search forward faster.
1) Write down the job you want and your target start date
“I want to be in a new role as a sales representative by Labor Day.”
Why is this important? A goal without a plan is just a pipe dream. Having it in writing is the first step towards action, and shows your commitment. Now, you may not get a job by that exact date, but you would be surprised at the power of a self fulfilling prophecy. Creating a realistic deadline, combined with a plan, is a great way to start.
2) Create a simple list with target dates
Here’s an example:
- Update LinkedIn profile and resume by the end of the month
- Start researching target companies by next month
- Reach out and line up 3 potential references by January
- Start drafting a generic cover letter by end of the week
- Spend half hour each night looking for positions online
The theory here is the same. Looking for a job can be overwhelming. Break it down into manageable steps with corresponding dates.
3) Tell a trusted friend and your immediate family
A support system is crucial. If you’re currently employed, you do have to be careful about not making your search public. ONLY tell the people you know you can trust. You don’t want word to get out. Colleagues talk. You need to continue to give 100% at your current job, and only job search on your off time, away from the office. If you’re unemployed, you have more leeway, and should broadcast your job search to a wider net (on social media, to your circle of acquaintances, on LinkedIn, etc.)
4) Don’t underestimate the importance of the interview
How are your interview skills? Don’t be afraid to get another opinion – whether that be a friend, family member or someone who works in career development (at your state’s career office, your college career center, local library, etc.). Too many people think they can go in and wing it. Wrong. You need to be prepared. This means finding information on what the company is about, what is going on in your particular industry and being able to articulate what you bring to the table. Anticipate questions you may be asked, and be ready with a good response.
Erin Bardwell, a Staffing Manager for Oldcastle, stresses the importance of having accomplishments as part of your interviewing arsenal. “Discuss your success stories and how you made yourself invaluable to the companies you worked for prior.”
5) Reevaluate your plan monthly and adjust accordingly
If you’re not having any luck, it may be time to look at what your action steps are. If you aren’t getting calls for interviews, it could be your resume.
“Tailor your resume for the skills and technologies used at those companies, says Corey Listar, Staffing Operations Manager for the Oldcastle Recruiting Office in Rochester, NY. He also advises to “start researching companies you want to work for and try networking with people in those companies.” Use LinkedIn to see if you (or your connections) know anyone at places you are interested in. Then, reach out to those people.
Embarking on a job search requires a plan, concerted effort and support system. Let us know how it goes – we’ll be rooting for you!
P.S. Speaking of jobs, we have over 1200 openings nationwide. Check them out on our Careers Site.
A version of this post, by our social media specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.
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