Structure Your Job Search
It’s easy to get sucked into the black hole of submitting online job applications for hours on end. You wake up grab your morning beverage of choice and then hunker down. You start researching jobs, companies, sending LinkedIn messages. Then an article looks interesting so you start reading that, look up who wrote it, what else did they write and then veer off into tasks that really don’t have a whole lot to do with your job search. Next thing you know 4 hours have gone by and you don’t really know what you accomplished.
Treat you job search like an actual job. Establish daily, weekly and monthly goals. Think about when you were working – your job had objectives, deliverables and deadlines. It’s how you added value to your company. I’m betting your strategy day after day wasn’t to tell your boss that you didn’t achieve goals or meet deadlines. It would be unacceptable.
So be your own boss and implement the same strategy into your daily or weekly routine. I’ve found that a combination of online research, networking and personal conversations both in person and via phone have been effective.
Think about what positions really interest you and what you want to explore.
Who do you know at these companies? What’s is the best way to connect?
If you don’t know anyone – use LinkedIn (my personal favorite) to connect with current employees.
Research networking events in your area to expand your contact base.
Set daily goals of how many jobs you want to apply to, people you want to connect with, in person and phone conversations.
In my research, experts state the it usually takes 10-20 connects via LinkedIn to produce an actual conversation – not 2 or 3. And sometimes you need to reach out to a person several times to solicit a response not once.
By setting goals and parameters you gain a sense of achievement and that helps to move you forward to achieving your ultimate goal of getting your dream job.