Searching for a job is no easy feat. In fact, it can leave some people in complete shambles. But with the right tips, anyone can be on their way to landing the job that they deserve. And lucky for you, we’ve got five great job searching strategies to help get you started.
1. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
According to Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., the best approach to take when actively searching for a job is to have a diverse portfolio of resources. He says that using a number of job searching techniques (e.g. networking, company job postings, employment sites, and job fairs) is your best bet for success.
2. Don’t underestimate the power of networking.
Use everyone you know — on top of people that they know — to get your name out there. Networking helps create opportunities. You never know when you might be able to use someone else’s clout to benefit your own career. That’s why it’s important to be proactive. Don’t just use the contacts you’ve already built, constantly seek out new people to add to your network. You’d be surprised how willing people are to help.
3. Have daily goals and stick to them.
Getting organised and staying on top of your search is crucial to landing a job. Each day you should search for new job leads, follow up on outstanding job leads, make new contacts, connect with old contacts, respond to job postings, schedule interviews, etc. Like they say, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Putting in the effort and sticking to a strict schedule will pretty much ensure that you’ll find one or more job opportunities. This is what separates the lazy from the driven.
4. Focus on quality, not quantity.
When searching for a job, we understand the eagerness to get your resume out to every company that you can — but resist the urge. Sending the same resume to dozens of companies isn’t going to get you anywhere. According to Forbes, one of the best ways to stand out to a prospective employer is to tailor your cover letter and resume to a specific job description of theirs. With hundreds of applicants vying for the same job title, you need to think about what you can do to stand out above the rest.
5. Be persistent.
Follow up on every job lead until you are certain it’s been filled. The most successful job-applicants are those who practice patience and persistence when it comes to their job search. If you don’t hear back from a potential employer right away, don’t be timid, give them a call or send them a follow-up email. It could turn out to be the exact reminder they needed.