Must-Do's for Every Job Search
Many job seekers are overwhelmed by the amount of options that are out there today. In
an effort to navigate through all the muck and mire, I have put together a list of three
of the most effective tools that job seekers should keep in their arsenal.
1. Job Seekers Must Have a Job Search Strategy. I don't think I could ever emphasize
this enough. In fact, I believe in the necessity of it so much that I have devoted
countless hours to blogging, writing articles, and giving presentations on the subject.
After personally working with about 600 job seekers each year, it stands out to me as
the number one problem that most candidates have. They invest in the resume. They spend
hours and hours combing the Internet for resources, advice, and assistance. They hook up
with recruiters and headhunters galore. But when you ask them how much time they are
devoting each week, where they are spending the bulk of their time, the number of resumes
they are getting out per week, and how much time they expect their search to take, they
can only give you a blank stare.
I know that taking the time to sit down and put together a strategy is not as sexy as
shelling out hundreds of dollars on the resume or uploading said resume onto some website,
but it is important.
The reason it is so important is because basic time/resource management is vital to any
search. Both full-time and part-time job seekers need a plan. Nothing so rigid that you
can't be flexible, of course, but you generally need to know how to spend your time
wisely. Without it, you will waste more than you should, and you will have a difficult
time setting proper expectations.
So whatever you do, take some time and develop a strong strategy that will help guide
you along the way.
2. Job Seekers Must Use the Internet More for Research/Networking and Less for Online
Posting. How many times have we said, "What did we do before we had the Internet?" It is
true that the Internet has revolutionized our lives. Need a recipe? Need to resolve some
trivia dispute between you and your spouse? You can have an answer in an instant. And for
many job seekers, they want the Internet to be the quick answer to their job search woes.
Nevertheless, statistic after statistic continues to show that online job posting sites
are one of the most ineffective methods for finding a job (4 percent on a good day)! Yet,
when you ask most job seekers where they hang their hat for their job search, they will
tell you that they have "posted" for many jobs on the Internet and are expecting to hear
something any day now. (That's probably why new sites keep popping up daily. They don't
need to be effective. They just need to show job postings!)
There is no doubt that the Internet is a great research tool. You can research
companies, hear about potential openings, link up with old colleagues, and find valuable
resources like recruiters. But when it comes down to it, the old methods still are the
best: networking, networking, networking. And the more face to face, the better!