6 Strategies to Ignite Your Job Search

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So sending fifty resumes doesn’t seem to be working, week after week, month after month.

Sometimes you need to broaden your scope and try out different approaches. Your job search needs all the chances it can get, right?

Here are six strategies to use to build momentum in your job search.

 

Focus fire companies

For starters, choose 20 to 30 companies you want to work at. It’s great for giving focus to your job search.

Now pick apart the job postings. What is similar? Use word cloud tools such as Wordle to see what terms pop up consistently.

Not all job specifications are the same, as recruiters have their processes in choosing candidates, but there will be some similarities. Use this as a means to create key terms to utilise in resume and profiles.

Don’t be too key term heavy. Use the common terms you find as an opener, and tell in examples and stories how your act out these required skills.

 

Be a job socialite

You most probably use LinkedIn. Use other media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to connect and find out about employers and companies. You may stumble across employers where you least expect.

Also, do some online cleaning. Social media counts, and you don’t want anything that can deter employers searching you up. Here is an article on exactly why.

 

Network to hustle up your job search

Sometimes a bit of hustle and bustle is needed to reignite your job search. Go to company events, University alumni networking events and seek out your opportunities.

As mentioned before, if you begin to follow businesses and employers on social media you will find out about these events. Make sure to keep track of events, and use social media to find out about who is attending.

Do your research and find out what you need to know.

  • What does the company need, concerning skills?
  • What sort of requirements is needed to enter the company? Brush up on a few choice examples and tell a story of your skills in action. Or make sure you take steps in updating your skills to tell people at these events.

 

If you follow and connect with professionals in a firm, ask them out for a coffee if they are in traveling distance. Don’t be afraid to ask, as what follows can turn into a referral or job offer.

 

Share your time, pro bono

Ask for some experience. Many companies simply don’t publicly advertise that they accept volunteer workers.

It’s a great way to gain some experience and spruce up your CV. Also, there is a real chance you can break into that company or industry you always wanted. It starts by asking.

But remember to do your research and give them valid reasons why you would be helpful. What skills and experiences can you bring to the table? If they are impressed with how you present yourself, a job offer can be in the makings of your volunteer work.

 

 

Be the outlier with your resume

Whether it be your resume or cover letter, don’t be afraid to appear different. Get creative and have some fun.

If you think you have figures to show off, create a colour coded graph to illustrate your success.

Design your resume to show off some skills you have with Microsoft Office tools.

A tip I would give would be to connect your skills and experiences to how you will uniquely present your resume. For example, a civil engineer could map out a road design with figures calculating the specifications for a project they did during University.

 

 

Time your job search efforts

A recruitment director I interviewed told me that finding a job is a full-time job. So you got your work cut out for you.

But like a full-time job, you will have downtime and days you don’t work. Keep to a schedule, and make sure you take days off to relax and play.

Time and rest will give you energy and fresh perspective to your job search efforts. As an added tip, take thirty minutes from your rest day to simply reflect upon your goals.

 

Below are questions you could use to write out reflective answers, to improve your strategy for next week.

  • What worked out well? It could be a certain time during the day or the location and atmosphere where you did some job search work.
  • What didn’t help? What prevented or impeded you from getting any work done?
  • What can you experiment on next week, to improve your work efficiency? From working at a library to adding new tasks such as using Twitter to follow employers.
  • How well did you stick to your goals throughout the week? Jotting down figures to measure your efforts helps puts your overall job search gains in perspective.

 

In Closing

Your job search can be tough, but it can be even tougher. Try something new, and keep what works. Having reflective days on your days off will clarify the areas you need to improve upon and will pick up your game.

I implore you not to be afraid to ask. Asking for a coffee meet up, or for advice can open doors to job offers and your career. But be prepared and have some background information to use to prepare yourself for conversations. Below is that simple yet probing question many employers ask that is telling of their interest in you as a potential job candidate.

“So, tell me about yourself.”

Prepare your answers backed by what they need with what you have, or what you are doing to be an ideal employee.
It’s all up to you.

 

What are you doing differently in your job search? What methods get you results?

Please share your stories and tips in the comments below.

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