If you are looking for a job, you will need a plan. That’s a fact and you can’t change it. Making cold calls or handing out resumes can be both tiring and stressful, and probably will get you nowhere… or get stuck in a cycle that will test your resolve.
You need to have a strategy in order to be successful, or at least give you the necessary motivation to go on. So take a look at these 10 tips that you need to try out when looking for work.
1. Power up your CV with pro bonus work
If your finances are ok and looking for a new job is taking months, you may want to do some unpaid work to bolster your CV. A short-term project may give you the required experience to increase your chances of getting the job of your dreams.
2. Do some off-line job hunting
Even if must of the job hunt is done nowadays by email, social media and virtual job boards, those are not your only options. Getting out helps to stayh connected to others, and maybe out there you will find your perfect opportunity.
3. Do some previous research
You don’t need to wait until you’re unemployed to do a job hunt. Doing some previous research and speaking with potential employers (keeping things confidential) is a good strategy for job searching while you’re still employed.
4. Alert your network that you’re looking
Many jobs are never posted, but filled with people that the employers know and trust. As a job hunter, if your social network knows you are looking for a job, they may recommend you to their employers.
5. Take online courses to sharp your skills
Taking that online course that you always want to improve your skills is now possible. It will help your resume to stand out and learning new things will keep you motivated.
6. Job hunting is a full time job
If you think that job hunting is an extended vacation, you will be unemployed for a long time. Job searching is a 9-5 job, so put effort in it.
7. Use LinkedIn
If your LinkedIn profile is complete, your potential employers can check your workexperience and skills in the blink of an eye. It is also a good idea to ask your network to endorse you with personal and professional recommendations.
8. Work on your CV
For each job you apply for, you need to customize your CV. So make sure that all your skills, education and experience that the job position requires are highlighted. Take some time also to write unique cover letters for each job.
Work on your personal brand
Time is on your side when looking for work, so use it to build your personal brand. Polish your image on social media and stand out as a professional in your field. Sure, that requires time and commitment, but it can help you in the future.
10. Take a break!
You need to be motivated and busy while unemployed, but also take breaks. Job hunting is stressful, so give yourself time to relax and keep your sanity.
The tips above will get you hired faster, but also may give you more connections, improved skills and a strong personality. So use your time wisely and good job hunting!