- Think of job hunting as your job, with you as your own boss. Work at it full-time (or part-time, if you’re looking while you’re still employed).
- Get geared up. Whether in your home office, a desk in an outplacement office, or a card table and folding chair in the corner of your bedroom, set up a job hunting headquarters. Make sure it an area that be free of distractions.
- Get the skills. Today’s job market favours skilled candidates who are ready to step in and contribute immediately, without a lengthy training period. Know the skills you need for the jobs you applying for. If you not got them, how can you get them?
- What jobs? Before you do anything in a job search, take time to decide which kind of job you really want. To help you identify what job, be prepared to do some research, talk to people, work with a career coach, or sample different jobs by working as a temporary employee or volunteer work.
- Know the marketplace. The jobs you may want may not be there. So before you invest a lot of time, research the local/regional market. Are the jobs you want there? Are there many or just a few of them? If there are not many and you having no luck, it allows you to develop a plan B……another job you want.
- Setting targets. It’s important to set yourself some targets during your job search. Setting daily/weekly/monthly targets will help you to not only be more productive, efficient and help you stay focused.
- Create a winning CV/resume. Just simply writing your previous jobs and job descriptions won’t get you anywhere as it won’t grab an employer’s attention. If you want to grab their attention, stress your abilities, achievements & attributes backed up with specific examples & statistics.
- Network. Network. Network. It’s important to connect with individuals who can help with your job search. Whether they be career coaches, leading industry professionals, other job seekers etc. They can help give you advice, tell you about opportunities (hidden jobs) or recommend you for jobs. Connect with them on a regular basis and develop your relationships.
- Read the right stuff. You will do a lot of research during your job search. Whether it tips/advice, information about companies or the latest news about your industry, you must make sure you have good sources to get that information e.g. websites, publications.