Tips for Conducting a Job Search
1. Clarify the goal of your search - It may seem straightforward enough: "I want a
new job." But take a deeper look at the skills you want to use, the environment in
which you want to work, and the career path you want to pursue. By being clear and
specific about what kind of job you're looking for and why, you'll be able to define your
value to a potential employer. Make sure you create a sales -oriented resume that
positions you appropriately, and one that will expand your network in the right
2. Plan a daily schedule - Have specific hours during the day when you are at your
desk working on finding a new job. If you're presently out of work, establishing a
consistent routine reduces the number of decisions you have to make each morning
and helps structure your day. If you're working and also looking for a job, set aside an
hour every day to make calls, set up networking meetings, or research potential
employers. When planning your schedule, be sure to leave time for exercise and being
with friends. By scheduling time for your job search, you can stay focused on moving
forward in all aspects of your job search strategy. Work to objectives - Set realistic
goals that you are able to accomplish - for example, the number of networking
contacts established or informational interviews conducted - It feels good when you
3. Set aside enough time to do the job search well - A solid job search involves a lot
of research, making contacts, and follow -up correspondence. Be realistic about the
time you need to do these tasks. If you do not allot enough time you will be careless
about job applications and feel frustrated about the lack of progress. It takes time to
cultivate networking contacts and expand your network sufficiently to uncover
"hidden" job opportunities.
4. Treat your job search as a business - In a job search, you are operating as a sales
executive and the product you are selling is you. As with any sales situation, you have
to foster a lot of prospects before you make one "sale." Have lots of balls in the air.
Ask any sales person about his/her sales funnel.
5. Maintain good records - Keep track of the jobs you have applied for - where, when,
and with whom you have interviewed. Follow up will be easier if you have the
information all in one place, for example, in a 3-ring binder or electronic organizer.
Take notes during all phone conversations and interviews.
6. Have other meaningful work - Do some volunteer or contract work. It gives you
something to talk about when you interview and makes you feel productive and useful.
You will also gain some potentially valuable transferable, knowledge or personal skills
while on-the -job.
7. Stay positive and strengthen your confidence - Do what it takes to make you feel
confident and keep you happy and optimistic during your job search. No one wants to
hire someone who is angry or sad, feels incapable and lacks self-esteem. This may
mean part time/volunteer work or being with people who recognize you as the capable
person you are. You must exude confidence and energy to be hirable.
8. Find a partner to work with - A job search can be very isolating. Find a friend or a
coach to talk to you regularly. Tell him/her what is happening in your search.
Brainstorm and strategize with your friend or coach. Rehearse with the person when
you have an interview or when you are going to make an important call.
9. Follow-Up – Don’t be afraid to follow-up. “I hired a Customer Manager over a year
after he first sent me his resume. I didn’t even need to advertise when the position
became available. In addition to sending me his resume, John had called me every
month or so to touch base, and even stopped in my office (through the back door not
through the receptionist!) just to say hello. Needless to say I remembered him when a
position opened up. And he was extremely qualified for the position, which is why I
10. Say Thank You – Try to send your thank-you note within 24-48 hours of your
interview or meeting. The note may be handwritten on a small, professional, thank
you note card (if you have extremely neat handwriting and only a brief message to
convey), or word processed, or emailed.
Remember if you get a call make sure you act how your resume has shown you; as a
professional. Hey that is why they are calling you! Make sure you are not putting your
needs first as opposed to your employers. i.e. You might have made plans to go to a party
on Saturday night when you get a call from the employer and he/she is asking to set up an
interview with you on Saturday night. On your application form you said you were
available to start work immediately, and that you were available to work weekends. Now
is the time to “walk the talk” and GO TO THAT INTERVIEW!!!!!! Remember if you
concentrate on how the employer views you as a possible employee and you present
yourself as hard-working, committed and reliable you are bound to see success
somewhere right around the corner.