Take a close look at your job hunting activity. It's a non-paying job with a boatload of stress. Your abilities are challenged on a daily basis. The timetable for the end game is uncertain. And most stressful of all you are totally in charge of the job search project.
So the challenge is to move as quickly as possible from being a job hunting project manager that is non-paying to a paying position that closely fits your overall job objectives.
Effective job hunting requires doing a great job in managing your time. By planning your daily activity and measuring your progress you bring some important measure of control to the project. If you are not spending full-time on your job search you are short-changing yourself and making a difficult project even more difficult. Job hunting needs to be a full-time effort; it speeds up the possibility of finding the right job with the right employer.
Networking is what makes the job hunting project work. Do your best to help others. Learn the most efficient methods to gather job hunting resources from your network. Plan to attend job fairs and other networking events. Work to add individuals to your network. The majority of jobs are found using this approach so research and study best methods to get maximum benefits from this aspect of job search.
Embrace online resources to market your job hunt. Use career focused social media sites, like LinkedIn, to add to your connections and to make yourself more visible. Take advantage of this resource. However, one caution, don't spend more that 20% or so in front of the computer screen. Yes, you can blast your resume to 200 plus job boards with a click of your mouse but the chances of landing the right job with this method rivals that of getting hit by lighting on a sunny day.
Your goal of sending out resumes with a well written focused cover letter is to generate job interviews. Since your goal is to get interviews it makes sense to start your job search by spending time every week preparing for the inevitable job interview.
The key to job interview preparation is to do mock interviews. Tape your presentations. Critique your performance. Do it as many times as necessary until you get it right. Be engaged, actively listen, smile, and ask well thought out questions. Make the interview a conversation. Bottom line: your selling job is to generate a high level of assurance in the interviewers mind that you are well qualified to do the job.
Job hunting is exhausting and full of stress. Take time to celebrate reaching your planned goals. Set some time aside every day for exercise or long walks.
Well done job hunting is a wise investment in your future. How well you do will quickly move you from your current non-paying job to one with more promise. Spend the time in the effort and you'll be rewarded by finding the right job with the right employer.
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