Get organized – build a system
Before you begin applying for jobs or interviewing with employers, take a time to establish a system that helps you in managing your job search. A simple spreadsheet works best for many to keep a track of the jobs you’ve made an application for, where you have been invited to interview, etc.
Build, cultivate, and utilize your network of contacts
For the vast majority of jobseekers, a big and solid network of contacts– people who know you and want to help you find job leads– leads to more job opportunities. Networking– personally and online– is essential to your success in your job search.
It also helps you to get a good idea of what is out there and available, so you can be more tactical in your job search. Don’t be afraid to connect to people on LinkedIn, and if you know someone working at a company that interests you, request a referral. Hiring managers would prefer to interview people who came endorsed before sorting through the resumes coming in via a career website.
Don’t limit yourself to online applications
If you rely only on submitting online applications, you could be searching for a job for a very long time. By the time you apply, the company could be in the final interview stage, or the position might have even been filled. Get in touch with companies that interest you directly – you might get in contact with an internal recruiter or schedule informational interviews with people who work in those companies. Preferably, you want to be known to the people who might influence you getting your foot in the door.
Aim to complete a few job-related goals daily
It takes a great deal of time and effort to get a new job. In a long job search, it’s easy to get dissuaded and distracted, but by concentrating on achieving daily goals you can inspire yourself while also establishing a foundation for success.