The job search process is rarely if ever a quick win. It takes time, there are often a lot of set backs and sometimes you lose your motivation when you realise just how much work is actually involved. The best way to kick start your job search process and to ensure you do not lose momentum along the way, is to develop a very clear job search strategy.
This means you need to get all the ground work done first. Once this is done, the job search proecss will flow smoothly since obstacles like unclear goals, outdated resumes etc…have all been removed.
Clean Up Your Social Profiles
Before you look up a single potential role in any job search process, you absolutely must clean up all your social assets. This is because it actually takes a while for Google and other search engines to recognise the changes you make. You need to make sure all those old photos of you getting drunk or those opinionated comments you made about current social issues are all removed asap.
If you are not sure how to double check everything is ok, have a look at our posts below. Each one runs through the key checks you need to do to make sure your social profile does not hinder your job search process. Would you know how to clean up your Facebook before a job interview?
Define What You Want:
Once your social assets are cleaned up, you are ready to start searching for new roles. The job search process takes hours, days, months…so the last thing you want to do is waste your time on roles that are not quite what you want. Not only are you wasting your job search time, you also run the risk that you will end up in a role you don’t like or one that has the same problems your current role has.
To develop a targeted job search strategy, make a list of the following:
- Job Titles You Want – This will help you define the exact role you are looking for. Make sure it meets your developmental needs and is reasonable realistic. You can list a number of different roles, just make sure the list is not so broad that you could literally apply for anything.
- Companies You Want To Work For – Make a list of around 25 companies you would love to work for and then investigate each one online. Once you know what type of role you really want and what companies you would love to work for, use this information to develop a succinct elevator pitch for those all important networking event.
Update All Your Assets
To hit the ground running with your job search , you need to have all your key assets up to date. This includes your resume, portfolio, LinkedIn profile and personal landing page.
You need to make sure your resume includes all the relevant keywords for your industry and make sure the formatting is not going to get rejected by the resume screening software.
Reach Out To Your Network
Your job search efficiency and your chances of finding the role you want increase dramatically when you start your networking strategies. Reach out to family and friends and ask for their advice, connect with people and organisations on LinkedIn and attend relevant industry events.
Set Aside Job Search Time
Finally, the job search process takes time and chances are you have life commitments and an existing job therefore you cannot spend 80% of every day looking for a new job. Set aside a few hours a week that you will devote to job search. Use this time to:
- Update your resume to suit each individual role you are applying for
- Fill out application forms and send out resumes
- Prepare for common job interview questions
- Network online
To truly kick start your job search process you need to take the time to get all the relevant groundwork right. Put aside one weekend or 2 hours each day for a week to define your job search strategy and get your social profile, resume, LinkedIn portfolio and online brand up to date. Once this background work is done, you are ready to push forward with your active job search.