Whether you’ve been in the game for a while or out of it, getting your job search going is always tedious and frustrating. Where do you begin? How do you optimize your search? Are you wasting your time? Don’t let the endless amount of applications to fill out, cover letters and resumes to write, and job descriptions to read discourage you. Although finding your dream job does take some time and effort, its much easier and closer than you think if you follow these tips!
- Expand your network.
Network, network, and network. Ever heard the phrase “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? One key element to boosting your job search is having a large and focused network. Luckily, social media makes this easy. Get on your LinkedIn profile and make sure its up-to-date so you can start making connections. Building relationships and using your connections is one of the best ways to boosting your job search.
- Make a dream-board.
What is your dream job? Create a dream board and write down the top 5 companies you want to work for. Being familiar with the company culture is crucial before accepting an offer. Do you work better in a cubicle-office setting? Or in fast-paced hectic office? Including your dream work-location is important during your job search. By narrowing down the top 5 companies you want to work for, you are able to boost your search and save time by looking for a company versus scrolling through hundreds of the same job-title.
- Dedicate an hour per day to your job search.
Job searches can be a drag… Why spend 5 or 6 hours staring at a screen, multi-tasking between your search and Facebook, out of pure frustration when you can get it done in an hour? Set aside at least one hour per-day for your job search. Within this hour do not do anything but focus on your job search, don’t let yourself be tempted by your social media sites or your phone – if you want this job as badly as you say, dedicating one hour per-day is a piece of cake. Start your job search each time with an open mind and positive attitude. Your next job is out there.
- Make 10 new connections on LinkedIn.
Just like expanding your network boosts your job search, making new connections on LinkedIn does as well! LinkedIn does the networking for you. By making 10 new, and valuable, connections on LinkedIn per-day you’re expanding your network and introducing yourself to people via LinkedIn. Look for connections that are in the filed you are interested in, or the field you are in. Recruiters also make great connections on LinkedIn with their daily job posts and updates. By making a connection with a Recruiter you’re getting yourself in the door before you’ve even tried.
- Google yourself.
Have you ever Googled yourself to see what would pop-up? Recruiters and HR personal are very likely to Google you before reaching out. Google is a blessing and a curse when it comes to information. You don’t want your private profiles popping up before your professional ones. When you Google yourself, double check for people with the same name, and same spelling – you don’t want an HR personal or recruiter to get you confused with someone else… This is a great time to check up on your social media profiles. Take a look at our social media checklist for more tips on this.