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Does Your Job Search Strategy Check These Boxes?

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Would you ever go on a long road trip without driving directions? Sure, maybe you’d eventually get from Point A to Point B, but it wouldn’t be the most efficient or economical way to travel. Having a strategic job search plan is essentially like having a map. Job search strategies will save you time, sanity, and will shorten your search.

Determine Your End Goal

Some people at the beginning stages of their job search say something along the lines of, “I just want a job where I will be happy and can work independently.”

Happiness is a relative term and you can work independently picking up cow manure. Probably not what you had in mind! Instead, consider your ideal job situation or professional objective. What kind of work do you want to do? When you are clear about the work you want to do, you become a more attractive candidate.

Set Aside Focused Time

A U.S. Department of Labor study showed that two thirds of job seekers reported working on a job search five hours per week or less.

If you want results, you need to be committed. Job search intensity is essential to your success. 

People often ask how much time they should actually be spending on a job search. It is recommend that someone should spend about 30 hours a week if they are unemployed and 10 per week if they are employed.

A breakdown of your week could look like this:

  • 7 hours per week spent researching companies and people. LinkedIn is a great tool.
  • 8 hours per week devoted to writing and refining job search communications including resumes, follow-up letters, hand-written thank you notes, and emails.
  • 5 hours per week searching for and applying to jobs through online job sites and employer websites.
  • 5 hours per week spent out of the house at professional networking events, career fairs, and lunch and learns.
  • 5 hours per week spent doing in-person informational interviews.

Write Targeted Resumes

It’s important to take the time to write targeted resumes and cover letters that specifically link your qualifications to the hiring criteria for the jobs you are applying. It is recommended that you should look at the job description and highlight the requirements in your executive summary or skills section.

Track Your Progress

A key component of having a strategic job search is tracking your progress. When you are applying to 20 or more positions a week, you are going to have a difficult time remembering everything. Tracking your job search also helps you to hold yourself accountable to accomplishing your goals.

Make Sure Companies Can Find You on LinkedIn

Recruiters and hiring managers can’t find you without a complete and fully optimized LinkedIn profile.

Your headline plays an important role in how search results are ranked and displayed. When your headline is vague, you will get overlooked. Your headline should accurately describe your work and it should also leverage the right keywords (or search terms) that recruiters in the industry use.

Article Provided By: Jobscan

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