Most job seekers agree there is no easy way to find a job, but you will benefit from organizing your search and using the right combination of job search strategies. Here are some strategies to get you started.
Develop a schedule to make the most efficient use of your time. Set goals to measure your progress and keep you on track. Create a support network and schedule time to socialize, exercise or participate in other motivating activities.
Monitor your progress and adjust accordingly. If you are submitting resumes and receiving no calls for interviews, you may need to adjust your resume to help you shine. If you are going to interviews but not receiving job offers, evaluate your attire, your responses and your attitude and determine what to change.
Prepare your job search toolkit. Make sure you have the following items when looking for a job:
- Master resume you can tailor for each position
- Master application to use when completing online and in-person applications
- Cover letter format easily modified for the company and position
- Business cards for networking
- Professional photo for online networking
- Job search log to track your progress
- Professional email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Network. Use your social connections (friends, family, church, recreation and fitness groups) and professional network (business groups, professional/trade associations and former colleagues, professors and alumni groups) to help in your job search.
Contact potential employers. Make direct contact by researching job portals to see who is hiring and try to connect directly with the organization. Take your resume to the company, in person, or use social media to introduce yourself.
Volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to build experience and meet new contacts in your field.
Consider a recruiter. Recruiters can connect you with job openings.
Work with a staffing agency. A temporary assignment is a great way to get a feel for the organization, make connections and possibly gain permanent employment.
Attend a hiring event. Hiring fairs (also called job fairs and employment fairs) allow you to “practice interview,” connect with employers and other job seekers and build your network of contacts.
Be prepared. Research careers ahead of time. Focus your energy on targeted fields. The more you know about your area of interest, the better you can focus your search.
Be realistic. Set realistic goals that are attainable as you search for a job. Go after career opportunities that are interesting and meet your skill set.
Be persistent, set daily goals and stay focused. Finding a job requires a positive attitude, understanding the job market, finding new ways to build your network and trying different search strategies.
The Employment Readiness and the Career Connections lifecycle stages of MySECO provide additional information and resources to help you manage a successful job search. You can also call 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on MySECO to speak with a SECO career coach for guidance on your job search.