10 Tips Every Job Seeker Needs to Hear

Chances-of-SuccessResearch shows the average worker is going to spend less than 3 years in each job — which means you’ll need to find a dozen or more jobs over the course of your career.

So isn’t it a good idea to learn how to job search right?

In order to become an expert at finding work, here are 10 things every job seeker needs to hear…

Start with the End in Mind

Take the time to think about what kind of job you’re targeting. What job title, functional roles, and industry are you interested in? Any specific companies you’d like to work for? If your ideal job was available, how would you describe it?

Take Time to Organize Your Job Search

Outline a strategy and then use your plan to create a weekly list of activities. Measure your success based on the metrics that mean the most, such as job interviews secured.

Create a Schedule Each Day for Your Job Search Activities

Make a list each day of the activities you want to complete. However, if an interview or networking opportunity comes up, of course you will rearrange your schedule to fit it in!

Set Aside a Workspace for Your Job Search

Designate a specific area to use when conducting your job search. This should be an area free of distractions.

Devote Sufficient Time to Your Job Search

The more time and energy you devote to your job search, and the more aggressively you network, the faster your job search will proceed. If you are not currently working, commit yourself to a minimum of 40 hours per week devoted to your search campaign. If you are currently working, devote 15-20 hours per week at a minimum.

Recognize Your Motivation Level Will Vary

Motivation will increase and decrease, depending on the success (or lack of success) you are having in reaching your job search goal. Reward yourself for effort, not for results.

Get the Support of a Team to Help You

You don’t have to go it alone in your job search. Ask your family and friends to support you. Join a job club. Use the services offered by your city, county, or state employment office. Contact your university alumni association. Hire a résumé writer and/or career coach.

Enlist an Accountability Partner

Recruit one person to support, encourage, and motivate you in your job search. This can be a friend, another job seeker, or a coach/counselor. (Choose someone who can be objective with you — and critical of your efforts — when they need to be. That role might be too difficult for a spouse/partner.)

It Can Be Easier to Get a Job if You Have a Job

This is true even if the job isn’t related to the job you want. Employers sometimes see hiring someone who is unemployed as “riskier” than hiring someone who is already working.

Difficulty Finding a Job in Your Area… Consider Relocation

If you live in an area with high unemployment — especially in your industry — consider whether moving to another city, state, or region would improve your chances of getting hired.

Follow these tips to learn how to find your new job faster. Remember, you only need one company to hire you. Instead of focusing your efforts on making dozens or hundreds of contacts with prospective employers, be selective!

The above is excerpted from my book- The Quick and Easy Checklist: 100 Tips & Tricks for Your Job Search. You can get a free copy by subscribing to my monthly newsletter here.


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Steve BradyAbout the Author: Steve P. Brady is an executive resume writer and personal branding professional whose weekly work can be read at Quality Resumes. Follow Steven on Twitter.





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