We have all been there at some point in our life, suddenly finding ourselves out of work and not entirely sure what happened. This turn of events can be very stressful and tiring, especially when you do not have a plan to follow. It can be hard on your self-confidence when cold calling and getting no responses from handing out resumes endlessly. So, being tactical about your job hunt can be easier and keep you motivated. Here are some personal tips you should try and follow when you’re looking for employment.
1 – Employed, Searching for Employment
(This is only for those who are already employed)
Do not wait until you’re unemployed, as this only adds additional layer of stress to your job search. Do ground work, research, plan, speak to colleagues and inquire with potential future employers, before reaching any decision making. Remember to always mention to keep the conversations confidential, as you do not want this to slip out to your current employer.
2 – Social Brand
Use you time wisely, rather than sit around waiting for something to surface, go over your personal image and polish your brand. Look at your images on your social media outputs such as your LinkedIn profile picture and bio. Make sure to always look your best and professional in how you portray yourself. Let your LinkedIn network know you are actively looking for new employment in a desired field. Remember that many recruiters are now turning to social platforms to do their own research on a candidate. Join community groups on Facebook and network with individuals, it is one of the most powerful tools.
3 – Resume
This is element in your search for employment. Make sure to keep your resume clean, simple and easy to read. Do not go OTT (over the top) with the presentation, that is not the most important area, what matters the most is the content of it. Make sure to highlight all your skills, experiences, education and your attributes. Talk about your interests and show your sensitive side. Always get someone to proof read your resume, or further more you can get a professional to go over your resume top to bottom. I have used freelance professionals from www.fivesquid.com who are attentive and cheap.
4 – Work Experience
If you can financially take on voluntary work, then this is a great way to get one foot in the door of the speciality that you desire. It also strengthens your resume and provides additional work experience. However, you should plan wisely on how long you accept on doing voluntary work, to avoid any financial burden.
5 – Unemployed Full-time
It is acceptable to have a week or two off after your employment has ended, but do not delay it any longer than you must, as this will only extend your unemployment. Treat your job search as a full-time job, like a 9am-6pm. Have a plan in place on how you are going to spend that time. Always have a to-do-list written down to keep you on track and reminded.
6 – Physical Motivation
If your someone who attends the gym and likes to keep fit and active, then the only advice I can give is, stay on track with it. It can be so easy to switch off from these routines when you have added layer of stress. it is recommending for everyone to keep their mind and body active, it boosts self-confidence, which in return keeps you motivated on your job search. You do not need a gym membership to keep active. You can do some light running on the street, some workouts at home. There are many YouTube workout videos to help you with it.
7 – Networking
Although sitting in front of a computer and using on-line job advertisements, you may be able to complete dozens of job applications at a time, this doesn’t necessary make it the most effective way. There have been studies done to prove 80% of jobs are filled without the employer ever advertising. Get out there, call upon old colleagues to meet for a coffee, attend networking events, go to industry conferences and put yourself out there and connect with the real world.
I hope this article helps anyone who is currently on a job search. Please add comments below and share what other strategies there are when looking for employment.