The Six Habits of Successful Job Seekers
When you’re involved in a career search, obviously you want to make sure it’s as successful as possible. But even if it feels like you’re doing everything right, you may be pursuing less than fully successful strategies.
Do what successful job seekers do.
Successful job seekers do certain things when pursuing a career search. What are they? Here are the top six habits they have.
1. Create a resume that works. First, have a resume! Don’t rely simply on your LinkedIn profile. They are helpful, sure, but a resume is still a basic element in a job search. Every job seeker should have one. In addition, make sure that it’s the kind of resume that can be skimmed in 6 to 10 seconds. That’s all a human resources or hiring manager is going to give it. It may also be looked at on a smartphone. Quantify your successes and streamline for easy viewing.
2. Use multiple job search methods, not just job boards. It’s easy to get into the habit of reviewing the same job boards, day after day. Job boards are great; don’t get us wrong. But the most successful career searches use several different methods. Job board patrol in the morning; go to a career fair in the afternoon. Call for informational interviews. Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job. The more methods you use, the shorter your search will be.
3. Set specific goals. It’s a good idea to set specific career search goals every day. Don’t fall prey to the lure of daytime television, or checking Facebook/Snapchat/Instagram. Get five resumes out in a day, for example, or attend at least one career fair per week.
Keep going and you’ll succeed in your job search.
4. Check out small businesses. Small businesses create two-thirds of all jobs. They are defined as businesses that have 500 or fewer employees. Because of their robust job creation, you have a better chance of getting a job there than at larger firms. You can find a list of local small businesses through your local chamber of commerce. If you’re not shy, go to a local office park and drop off your resume door to door! Be sure to have business cards with you.
5. Always look your best. If you’re sitting at home job searching, it’s easy to get used to the sweats and t-shirt lifestyle. You may not get a haircut as frequently as you used to, or let your manicure lapse if you have one. Don’t! Interviewers will notice a lack of work-ready maintenance. Have your hair cut, nails done, and shoes shined.
6. Bounce back from rejection. Unfortunately, rejection is part of a career search. Everyone who looks for a job gets rejected at one point, and often multiple times. It can be difficult to keep your chin up, especially if you really wanted a particular position and it didn’t materialize — and especially if the bills are piling up. Remember: you will succeed if you keep trying! Remember all your qualifications, and keep going.
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