3 Quick Tips for Job Search Success


Finding a job IS a full-time job!  It really is!  When you are employed, you maintain a schedule. For many, it involves reporting to work the same time each morning and leaving the same time at the end of each day –  five days a week. During this time, you work hard  and diligently to accomplish your work tasks, goals, and objectives. When you are searching for a job, you should follow the same type of schedule because your success depends upon it.

So, begin tomorrow by “reporting to work” and spending the day on tasks that lead to your next job opportunity.

1. Be your own boss

You are now “self-employed.”  But that does not mean that it’s going to be easy.  Set expectations for what you need to accomplish, establish direction, and monitor your work.  Apply all of the tools and skills that you used in your last job to keep yourself on track. Most importantly, hold yourself accountable.

2. Document your progress

Sit down and meet with yourself each week to document your progress. Include a description of what you accomplished during the previous week. Next, detail your plans for the upcoming week. Your plans should include your goals, actions, and priorities. For example, you could set goals for the number of people you will call, the number of networking meetings you will attend,  the company research you will conduct, and the number of applications you will submit.

3. Evaluate your progress

In the upcoming weeks, evaluate your progress during the previous week with the goals you established. Describe the results that your efforts have produced and compare these results with what you wanted to achieve. If you planned to attend six networking events and you attended only two:

a) Determine why this happened.

b) Plan alternative options that will correct the difference.

Also evaluate why you missed a goal because this provides insights on what you need to do differently. Perhaps your goal of attending six networking events was set too high. Or maybe there are things you can do that will make it easier to achieve your job search goals, such as soliciting a friend or mentor to be your accountability partner.

Staying on a schedule and following these quick tips will provide the structure and momentum needed to keep you on the path to job search success.

– Wishing you continued success!

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