Excuses. After all, we are human and there is always some reason why we don’t have time to do something that really needs to get done. Long hours at work, too many family commitments, my dog ate my homework. You get the drift.
Job search is like any other task. It is at times overwhelming and sometimes just getting started feels like a daunting task. The old saying “one step at a time” has its place with job search too. Don’t think about the end game, break down your job search tasks into small, easily manageable tasks that in the end, will help you achieve your goal.
One Step at a Time: Take a look at my article “Confessions of a Job Search Fanatic“, where I cover some simple steps to approaching your job search. In addition to ensuring that you have your basics (resume, cover letters, etc.), the article also helps you plan your day at job search. But, maybe you don’t have a day (or even a few hours). Maybe you have very little time to devote to your search. Start small. Every day, contact one recruiter or register on one job site or sign-up at one job search site. By the end of a week you will have contacted 7 resources to help in your job search. By the end of a month . . . you get the picture.
- Planning Your Job Search – You can’t execute on a plan if you don’t have one. This is not about spending all of your time creating a plan, but you do need to know how, where and what you will do in your job search. Your “plan” is essentially to create the lists you will need to get your job search started.
- Staying Positive During Your Job Search – Winter, Wyman, a career management company, posted this article on their site. The article provides 10 steps to ensure you stay positive in your job search. The tips range from Attitude to finding ways to de-stress. Each step provides a brief overview. While you are on the site, be sure to check out some of the other job related tips and articles.
- How To Be Impressive Before, During and After Your Interview – You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Every job opportunity packs some serious potential before, during and after your interview. Read this post to discover the necessary steps that will turn your job-hunt into a job-conquer.
- 5 Tips for Using Social Media When Job Hunting – Networking. I don’t know about you, but leveraging my network is a very challenging task for me. This article provides some great tips for successful networking, especially for those that are new to job search networking. Reading the article, you begin to realize that there so many ways to “network” and, as the article points out, how your network is dependent on who you are networking with.
The Key Components to Job Search:
- Recruiters: A very important part of your job search, recruiters have access to opportunities and hiring managers. Leverage these relationships to enhance your search. Take a look at 5 Tips for Working with Recruiters.
- Job Search Sites: This is a perfect example of “less is more”. Staying on top of multiple job search sites can be very time consuming. Limit your list to 3 or 4 that work best for you. Take a look at Job Searching Websites: The Pros and Cons of Craigslist, Indeed, Etc.
- Social Networks: It’s not just about LinkedIn, although LinkedIn is probably your most important Job Search Network, it’s also about how you leverage who you know to get the inside scoop on job opportunities and who can help you submit your resume. Take a look at 5 Tips for Creating a Professional LinkedIn Profile and 9 Reasons Why I Won’t Hire You.
- Company Career Sites: Most companies have company career sites in an effort to recruit directly and cut out the recruiter as the “middle man”. When you make your list of companies where you would like to work, ensure you also check out (and apply) to those company career sites. Take a look at 8 Resources to Help Find the Right Company for Your Next Job.
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