If you are reading this article, chances are that you are already looking for a job or about to get out there and test the market. And when searching for a job, of course you are looking for your dream role and you want to find it as quickly as possible. But maybe there are a few things that have been getting in your way. Conducting an effective job search is a lot different today and there are many things to consider and navigate. For example, it involves planning your search strategy, researching information, networking to find job leads, understanding job requirements, interviewing, etc. Oftentimes, you must engage in all of these activities concurrently and it can be overwhelming. And, if you are not getting the results you expect, the experience itself can be demoralizing.
The good news is, you are not alone. More importantly, there are some actions you can take today to move down the path towards achieving your job search goal.
Here are 3 keys to conduct your job search more effectively.
1) Start by asking yourself the RIGHT questions. Questions that denote negativity are not helpful. For example, why won’t anyone give me a job? Or, how do I network when I don’t know anyone? These types of questions presume failure and inhibit your productivity.
Instead, start asking questions that motivate and inspire you. You want to consider questions that are acti0n-based that will lead you towards your objective. Therefore, better questions to ask are:
Who could I reach out to that could provide me with job leads?
What actions could I take that would open the door with others to provide me with job leads?
How did my 5 closest friends find their current jobs? How could I brainstorm with them and use their methods in my job hunt?
What worked in my previous job search? How could I repeat that success?
Maintain accountability: Ask questions that YOU yourself can solve. Never depend on others to do this for you. Once you give up responsibility for resolving issues with your job search (or anything else for that matter), you become a victim of outside forces.
However, when you ask the right questions, you are on the path to finding solutions. So write down at least five empowering questions about your job search.
Now you are ready for step two!