Spend at least 30 hours a week on your job search (ten
hours if you are working full-time). If you are between jobs, consider
your job search to be your full-time job. Plan and structure your days as
though you were being paid by someone else to conduct a successful job
Use as many different job search methods as possible
and emphasis those that will help you to cut your job search time in half.
Various resources include: utilizing personal contacts, online job banks, social
media including Facebook and LinkedIn, the Yellow Pages (print and online) for direct employer
contacts, social service organizations, your state employment agency, Chambers of Commerce, local
colleges/universities, trade unions and employee organizations, etc. At
any given time, is important to be using at least five different job
Allow as many people as possible to help you. The
greater the number of people who know you are job hunting and who
understand specifically what type of work you are seeking, the greater
your chances of finding suitable employment.
Take the initiative to talk with employers directly.
Remember that 85% of employers never advertise positions that they have
open. Instead, they fill positions with people they already know, or those
who find out about the job openings through word of mouth, or people who
just "by chance" contact the hiring manager directly by phone, mail or in
Be "gently persistent" in contacting
potential employers. More than any other trait, persistency is key to your
job search success. Being gently persistent means that you may
need to become more assertive than you are used to being. It means that
you will be willing to hear many "no's" from employers. And when
you hear a "no" you will be willing to ask again (at a later
time) to hear, possibly, a "yes"!
Apply to small business as well as large ones.
Two-thirds of all new jobs are created in companies with twenty or fewer
employees. While large companies are still laying off employees, small
companies are the ones that are growing and hiring new employees--people
Send a short thank-you email or a written "snail mail" thank you note each night to those
who have helped you in your job search that day. Notes can simply say the
following: "Thank you for the information (or job lead) you provided
to me. Should you think of anything else that might be helpful for my job
search please contact me at (phone number). Sincerely, ________"
Take the time to know yourself thoroughly. A major
reason for extended unemployment, a study found, is that 80% of job
applicants can't prove the top ten skills for the job for which they are
applying. You need to know which of your marketable skills, abilities,
values, personality traits, motivations, etc. will help you to do the job
you have targeted. God has gifted you in a special way to make a
difference in this world. Understanding your God-given design will allow
you to prove to employers what makes you different and unique from others
who are seeking the same type of work.
Describe yourself in terms of skills you have rather
than in terms of the jobs you have done. For example, someone is not only
a car mechanic, but also a person who is good with tools and diagnosing
Stay well groomed and appropriately dressed.
Always maintain the attitude that no one owes you a
job. Instead, take on the attitude of someone who is always looking for
opportunities to meet an employer's needs and be a resource in solving
Stay organized. Develop a written weekly plan of action
and keep a careful record of your employer contacts.
Develop a strong support system. Job search work can be
stressful and challenging. When you have more challenge in your life, you
also need more support. For example, you could ask someone to meet with
you on a weekly basis (perhaps for breakfast) to give you support and
accountability in your job search work. Perhaps while they are supporting
your efforts, you can also support a project/dream they are working on. If
you would like professional support and assistance check out our career
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