Most people have never received instruction on how to find employment. According to a recent study, the average worker only stays in one position for 4 years, and over the length of their career, they may hold 12–15 different positions.
Here are 10 strategies that every job seeker can use to succeed in their search.
Use this checklist to find your new job more quickly. Keep in mind that you only need to be hired by one organization. Be judicious when choosing the contacts you make with potential employers rather than concentrating all of your efforts on doing so.
- Start by picturing the outcome. Spend some time considering the type of employment you want. What industry, job title, and functional positions are you interested in? Any particular businesses that you’d like to work for? What would you say about your ideal job, if it were to become available?
- Schedule some time to plan out your employment search. Create a strategy, then utilize it to make a weekly schedule of activities.
- Make a daily schedule for your job search tasks. Make a list of the things you want to get done every day. However, you will undoubtedly reschedule your day if an interview or networking opportunity arises.
- Reserve a location where you can conduct your job search. Set aside a certain location to use for your job search. Distractions should not be present in this location.
- Allocate enough time to your job hunt. Your job hunt will move along more quickly the more time and effort you put into it and the more actively your network. If you are unemployed, make a commitment to dedicating at least 40 hours a week to your search campaign. Spend a minimum of 15-20 hours per week if you are currently employed.
- Be aware that your motivation will fluctuate based on your progress (or lack thereof) in achieving your job search objective. Reward your efforts rather than your accomplishments.
- Enlist the aid of a team to assist you. You don’t have to do your job hunt on your own. Ask your friends and family to help you. Join a club for jobs. Utilize the resources provided by the employment office in your city, county, or state. Reach out to the alumni organization for your school. Hire a career coach or a resume writer.
- Enlist a partner for responsibility. To help, inspire, and motivate you in your job search, enlist one individual. It might be a buddy, a coworker, or a coach or counselor. (Select a person who can be objective with you and constructively critical of your efforts when necessary. A spouse or partner can find such duty to be excessively demanding.)
- Having a job can make it easier for you to get a new one (even if the current one is unrelated to the one you seek). Employers occasionally view employing an unemployed person as “riskier” than recruiting an employee.
- Consider moving if you are having trouble obtaining employment locally. Consider moving to a different city, state, or region if you currently reside in a place with a high unemployment rate, particularly in your industry. This move may increase your chances of finding job.