Job searching can take a great deal of time and the list of tasks you need to complete can feel overwhelming. Remember you can’t do it all at once, instead set small weekly goals. For example this week I am going to create a more effective resume and next week I am going to update my LinkedIn profile. One small step at a time and you soon will be filling out HR paperwork for your new job.
2. Know What You Want
Determine what you want next in your career and create a strategic plan to get it. If you are unfocused employers will be confused about what you want and why you are applying for the job. After looking for a job for a while it is easy to say, “At this point I will take anything”. Though plans sometimes need to be altered, don’t lose sight of your career goals.
3. Obtain Professional Job Search Advice
If you are struggling with the job search process or narrowing your focus consider making an appointment with a career advisor.
4. Think Outside the Box
Find creative ways to market yourself to others to create a stronger professional online image. By using social media sites like “LinkedIn” you can develop stronger connections through communicating with others online. For example, join a LinkedIn group that is related to your field of interest and start answering questions to get your name out there.
5. Stay Positive
Feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and anxious are common feelings during the job search process. However we know that positive people are more likely to find jobs. The first step to finding a job is to try to think positively. Tell yourself daily that with hard work, career guidance and determination you will be able to reach your career goals.
Written by Nancy Richmond