“If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else!” – Yogi Berra
The vast volume of job search information on the Internet is overwhelming. From countless job search sites, to endless blogs and company career sites you could spend years just looking at all of the data. Of course the real key to finding a job is actually spending time making contacts (including applying to advertisements or search site postings). There is a fine balance between spending the time to prepare (resumes, cover letters, researching companies, etc.) versus spending the time searching (applying for jobs, searching job search sites, networking, etc.).
Schedule Your Time – Of course it all depends whether you are looking for a job full time or if you are currently working and looking for a job in your spare time. You should set a schedule to ensure you balance your search. Doesn’t matter whether you pick specific days to do specific tasks or limit your time each day to specific tasks, the key is to plan your time.
- 25 Hours Per Week Job-Search Schedule – Great “how to”article from Practical Job Search Advice.
- Your Job Search Schedule – Quick job search schedule article from Collegegrad.com.
Make Your Target List – Take the time to create a list of recruiters, job search sites, companies and your network. It’s worth the effort to do your research up front rather than an unorganized “hunt and peck” approach.
- Creating a Target List of Companies – Great article on creating your list of companies you want to work for from About.com.
- Targeted Job Hunting – A list to start your targeted search from Careerflorida.com.
Advertise, Advertise, Advertise – If no one knows you are looking for a job they can’t hire you, can they. There are many ways you can raise your profile, from LinkedIn to Job Search Sites to Company Career sites.
- The Best Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search – Some good ideas to improve your job search profile.
- Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn in Your Job Search – The best business social network, LinkedIn is a great resource for your job search.
Search While You Sleep – Leverage job alerts from a selected number of job search sites and company career sites. Done correctly, you will get email notices when jobs are posted that match your search criteria.
- 5 Ways to Use Google Alerts for Your Job Search – Yes, even Google can help you look for a job. Take a look at this article on using Google alerts
- Checking Out the Best Corporate Careers Sites – Great list of companies, sign up for their’ email alerts for job openings.
Good luck in your search.