As with any process, job searching requires time, focus and energy, and to reap the rewards, it can take time. To optimise your return you must treat your job search like a mini project with all the fundamental elements.
Planning is everything, without a plan and clear direction you can easily be distracted along the way or give out the wrong message to recruiters. In planning you need to think about how you will carry out your job search, who are you going to work with to get your new position, how much is it going to cost to find your dream job and where is this next career move going to take you:
What do you want to do and achieve from your next role – what is driving you to look for a new role
Where do these roles get advertised: set up profiles and social media accounts, re-energise contacts
What tools will you need to get your job search off to a good start
How do you contact recruiters and reach the most people in the shortest space of time
What budget will you need
How do you monitor progress and ensure contact is maintained with all involved in your job search
Whatever you do in your job search do not leave anything to the last minute – it will show in your application if you have rushed it! Sit down and plan your strategy, what you are going to need:
A CV and Cover Letter – essential for job searching
Access to a PC/Laptop with internet access
A diary and calendar to set yourself times to carry out job search
A note book to log all the recruiter details who call you and who you contact in your job search process
A suit for interviews (ready and prepared at all times)
Budget for travel costs, a new suit and shoes if needed and an umbrella (especially if in the UK!)
The best time to job search is between 6am-9am – recruiters will check emails and applications in the morning and you want yours to be one of the first they see. Always make a note of where you have applied and keep track of the following information:
Date of Application
Application Process (Job Search Site, Recruitment Agency Submission, CV Distribution Service etc…)
Method (Online, Email, In Person)
Contact Name and Contact Details
Follow Up on DD/MM/YY
Outcome and Feedback
Be prepared for recruiters to contact you, especially if you put your CV up on the internet search sites; have a small notebook on your person every day to jot down the recruiter, company and contact number for you to add to your main tracking document when you get home!
Monitor & Evaluate
Always check your progress, some key flags can show you if you are going in the right direction or if you may need some further support:
Is your CV getting a response (if not, you may need to get it reviewed or rewritten)
Are you getting invited to interview but not getting the job (maybe you need Interview Technique Training)
At the end of the day you will know how effective your job search is by the amount of responses you receive from your applications and how successful you are at interview – always ask recruiters for feedback and learn from any critique received for next time!
Good luck and if you do require any further support we are a phone call or email away.