No one ever said a job search was easy. Honestly, it may be one of the toughest projects you work on!
Would it help if I said that looking for a job is like running your own business? After all, both require vision and time management. A good product or service and a clearly defined message is also a factor in both. Finally, both require salesmanship and confidence!
Oh, and they require a plan too.
It is quite difficult for one person to master all these skills. Yet, every day new businesses are started. Sure, many fail. But there are many that thrive and reach amazing heights. And isn’t that where you want your career to go?
Let’s take a look at five ways you can go out and improve upon some of these skills, then execute your improved job search.
1. Be the Best You Possible
In all honesty, I believe we are who we are. We all have good, bad, and even ugly sides to us, but sometimes we have a tendency to get in our own way! Celebrate your strengths and positive qualities by clearly communicating them. In other words, stop being so humble. Personally, I don’t think you should hide the things that make you different. This is part of the vision and branding of you. Know what makes you different and present the best of you! We all have opportunities for self-improvement but don’t obsess over these. Know where your weaknesses lie (online as well) and develop a plan to fix them over time. A new business would refer to this as branding and sales!
2. Make your Message Relevant
Be sure you convert who you are and what you do to address the needs of the employer. You might be super at “building relationships” for example, but how does that help the employer? What’s in it for them? Help the people you talk with to connect the dots between what you used to do and what you want to do next. Speak in their terms, not in the jargon of your past employer. A business might call this marketing.
3. Square Pegs Don’t Fit in Round Holes
This means a couple of different things. First, be sure that what you want and what the employer offer are the same. Find out if your values are similar to the culture and values of the companies you are pursuing. Second, if you continue to try and jam a square peg into a round hole, it gets frustrating. So, if you are not having luck with your job search tactics/methods/approach, you’ll have to make it fit! Make the square peg fit into the square hole by learning how employers hire and adapt your approach appropriately. Businesses have project and implementation plans and regularly evaluate what is working and what is not in order to adjust what they are doing.
4. Be Clear About What You’re Looking For
You wouldn’t release a new product into the marketplace not knowing your target market intimately, would you? Part of your role during a job search is to conduct market research in order to understand what the demand is for your service. When you begin talking to people and learning about the problems they face in their departments or companies, you are listening and learning. It is highly likely that you will see instances where your experience, successes, and skills would help solve some of the problems they’ve identified. Use this in your marketing materials.
5. Every Minute Costs Money
Plan every hour of your search day. Map out your schedule a week in advance and create daily to-do lists. “Idle hands are the devil’s playground.” There are no excuses. You are in the driver’s seat. You own this business. Make it profitable by following through on your improved job search plan.
If your job search is growing stale and you feel like your stuck in a rut you may be in need of a new and improved job search.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Career Sherpa.
About the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!