Job hunting will always be stressful, particularly in times like these, but there are ways to reduce the stress and shorten the search. Success is a matter of knowing what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. Here are three steps to super-charge your search for a new job.
STEP 1 ASSUME THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE
There are dozens of small steps in a successful job search campaign. Many of them will rule to nothing, but each will add to the momentum of your search… and it is momentum that ultimately leads to success. Success is attracted to speed! Focus on the big picture and commit yourself to acquiring the right tools, developing a plan, and executing the plan relentlessly until you have received an offer you like. Remember, already in a bad market, you can track down good job openings and gain interviews — if you go about it the right way.
STEP 2 GATHER THE RIGHT TOOLS
A paper begin again, an electronic begin again, good cover letters, begin again cards, marketing lists and a plan. These are the tools you will use.
A begin again is probably your most important tool, so keep in mind that it is better to have no begin again at all than to have a bad one. If possible, have your begin again, both paper and electronic, prepared by a specialized begin again writer (not typist).
begin again cards are equally important as they are able to go places your begin again alone never could. They can open new doors and pave the way to getting your begin again read… which must be achieved in order to land interviews and job offers. specialized begin again cards are opportunity stalkers!
A target marketing list, for the most part researched and developed online, is best described as a list of employers who are not necessarily advertising new locaiongs, but are known to use persons with your background and skills. This list is your pathway to the invisible (hidden) job market.
You should also compile a networking list (past supervisors, peers, customers, your banker, insurance agent… every specialized person in your sphere with whom you enjoy good relations). Next come your personal reference list, the placement (employment) agencies you will contact, the websites you will use to post your begin again and check job openings, plus any newspapers you will follow to check job advertisements and learn of new business start-ups or expansions.
Finally, we come to your self-marketing plan. Without a written, comprehensive job search plan to which you are committed, you will do one thing today, something else tomorrow and perhaps nothing at all the following day. consequently, you will build no momentum, which will rule to a lot of frustration and a prolonged job search. Job search should be a complete-time job if you are unemployed and a regular part-time job otherwise.
Develop a formal schedule for daily/weekly job search activities, giving top priority to responsibilities, such as telephoning, that must be handled during normal business hours. Computer and administrative work can be handled in the evening or as time permits during the day. Any job search must be flexible as there will be job fairs, networking events, employer interviews and other important roles that require time away from your desk… however, it’s equally important to stay current with your job search plan.
STEP 3 EXECUTE YOUR PLAN
Begin making daily networking contacts, applying online, posting your begin again, handing out begin again cards, answering advertisements — in general following your formal job search plan. There are two important rules when applying online or mailing your begin again to a prospective employer: first, visit and study their website so you will be equipped to write a powerful cover letter. Second, follow the employer’s posted application instructions exactly as stated. Keep careful notes regarding all contacts and follow up each one with a telephone call, observe or email. continue control by working your various lists in sections.
The secret is to keep working the weekly schedule until you have been hired into a new position. Never break your momentum by waiting to hear from a job interview. Send thank-you notes to the interviewer(s) and get back to work.