How To Conduct An Effective Job Search

Job hunting can be frustrating. The key to an effective job search is to treat the entire process like a business.  It is important to lay out an effective strategy. To be successful, job seekers must have both good information and well-developed job hunting skills. The following are steps to aid the difficulty of finding the right job;

1. Get Organized

Take an inventory of interests, values, skills, goals and objectives i.e. What sort of job am I looking for? Where do I want to work?  What do I value in my work? Remember to realistically assess your interest, strengths and weaknesses, skills and abilities. Develop an action plan to help you start on the right foot. Update and revise your resume. The key to a successful job search is to know what you want from a job and what you can offer to prospective employers.

2. Research Career Fields and Employers

Research the career field that matches your goals and skills. Target organizations that interest you. Many companies have web sites where you can learn their values, culture, and available job opportunities. Identify and rank the largest, fastest growing, most profitable companies from large to small in your area. Identify what salary/figure range is most appropriate depending on your experience. It is a good idea to review annual reports of businesses you are interested in and other available company information so you have the relevant information needed.

3. Use Multiple Strategies

Explore various avenues such as job boards, placement agencies, professional organizations, newspapers, and local/national career fairs. Consider working as a temp for a company because it may lead to a long term opportunity.

4. Network

Connect with individuals from your personal and professional network; networking is valuable in a job search. Create a contact list, with family members, friends, acquaintances and past employers. Let them know your job searching because they may know of job openings that may not be advertised or refer you to people in your targeted industry or organization. You can obtain valuable information by connecting with others.

5. Keep a Record

Keep track of your job search process. Keep a written log of contacts, jobs you have applied to, referrals, callbacks, interviews and follow-up actions.

6. Be Patient and Persistent

Pace yourself and stay with it, looking for a job takes time. Don’t give up!