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Get Hired in 2023: Follow These Proven Job Search Strategies
Are you feeling overwhelmed by your job search? It can be tough to know where to start and how to stay on track, but don't worry - I've got you covered.
It can be tough to know where to focus your efforts and how to stay on track, but I've got a solution for you. In this newsletter issue, I'll be sharing a comprehensive job search guide checklist to help you stay organized and make the most of your time.
From daily tasks to long-term goals, this job search checklist covers all the bases to ensure that you're making progress towards your dream job. So whether you're just starting out or have been looking for a while, read on to discover the steps you should be taking to succeed in your job search.
Don't forget to keep a record of your job search efforts! Create an activity log and note everything you've done today, this week, and month. Make a list of opportunities, contacts, and organizations you need to follow up with and schedule when you should do it.
Search for job openings online: Check job ads on websites, such as LinkedIn.com, Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com, local job-ad sites, and the job boards of any professional organizations you are a member of. Do not forget to tap into your referral networks (not just the one you have on LinkedIn), and consider reaching out to affinity groups as part of your job search strategy.
Apply for jobs: Submit your resume and cover letter (if they need it) for jobs that match your skills and experience.
Network: Send at least ten (and more) new LinkedIn connection requests every day. When reaching out to new connections, be sure to personalize your message and explain why you would like to connect. This helps increase the chances that the person will accept your request and allows you to start building a relationship with them.
Follow up: Follow up with contacts and organizations you've reached out to and inquire about the status of your application or any potential job openings.
Make and return calls: Reach out to potential employers, recruiters, and networking contacts, and return calls from those who have contacted you.
Follow up on job applications: Check the status of your job applications and follow up on calls you've received or resumes you've sent. Be professional and polite, but make sure you're aware of the status of your main prospects and your last applications.
Review job openings and new channels: Look for job openings that match your career goals and values. Consider using recruiting agencies (and headhunters), job boards (even sites like hired.com), and networking events.
Update your job search materials: Make sure your resume and cover letter are updated and tailored to the specific industry you're applying for. Review and update your LinkedIn profile as well. Keep in mind that LinkedIn should match your resume!
Practice your interview skills: Review common interview questions and practice answering them with a friend or in front of a mirror. I know this sounds stranger, but trust me, it is working! This will help you feel more confident and prepared when invited for an interview.
Reach out to recruiters or headhunters: Consider contacting recruiters or headhunters in your industry to help you find job opportunities. They often have insider knowledge about companies that are hiring, so you may be able to get several valuable tips from them.
Use a variety of job search strategies: Don't just rely on LinkedIn or other online job boards. Consider attending job fairs, reaching out to recruiters, and networking.
Follow up with contacts: Reach out to connections in your field or industry and inquire about potential job openings or opportunities for networking.
Create a post on LinkedIn: While you shouldn't post about your job search every week, you should post about it once a month, especially at the beginning of your job search. And it's completely okay to ask for comments on your post to increase your visibility on LinkedIn. Don't be afraid to use LinkedIn as a tool to help you find your next opportunity!
Evaluate your job search strategy: Look back on the past month and see what has been working well and what you need to improve on. Consider what techniques have been most and least productive, as well as any areas you haven't explored enough. Additionally, think about using different approaches, such as creating a personalized website with a digital copy of your resume. Or use social media to share your resume. You could post a link to your resume on your personal social media accounts or create a bio page via sites like Linktree, Bio link and others to share more about your knowledge and expertise.
Review your job search materials: Take a close look at your cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and resume to make sure they are up-to-date and reflect your experience and skills. Consider revising your "elevator pitch," a summary of your background and career goals that you can use in networking situations or during interviews.
Consider additional training or education: Consider taking a course or getting additional training to improve your skills and increase your marketability in the job market.
Update your financial plan and budget: Searching for a new job, could be an expensive endeavor sometime. You might be spending money on a career coach, or buying the LinkedIn premium account. That is why it is important to review your financial situation and budget to reflect your job search efforts, including any job search resources like LinkedIn application or LinkedIn premium account, as well as any professional development courses.
Reassess your career goals: Reflect on your career goals and determine whether they still align with your values and interests. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure that you are on track to achieve your long-term career aspirations. Maybe you don't want to get a manager role anymore, or if there are no remote opportunities, you may be fine with a hybrid model.
I hope that this job search checklist has been helpful in getting your job search off to a strong start. Remember to stay consistent, be proactive, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it!
Now that you've read through this job search guide checklist, I'd love to hear from you! Do you have any additional tips or strategies that have helped you in your job search journey?
Here is a checklist of things to consider when looking for a job, which you can use as a reminder of all the important steps in the process. To also help others in their job search, I've included a PDF version that you can send to your friends or share on social media.
Let's work together to support each other in finding great job opportunities in 2023!
Good luck with your search!
Maximize Your Job Search Success in 2023 with These 5 Tips!
Consider applying for a job even if you don't meet all the qualifications. Don't be afraid to apply for a job even if you don't meet all the qualifications listed in the job description. Employers are often willing to consider candidates who have a mix of skills and experience, and you may be able to learn and grow in the role. The rule of thumb is that you should apply if you match 60% to 70%. I recommend applying if you meet 70% or more of the job requirements.
Be patient during your job search. It's common for the process to take several weeks or even months (yes, this is quite sad), so don't get discouraged if you don't land a job immediately. Keep applying and networking, and stay positive and focused.
Network with people in your industry. Networking is the key! So expand your LinkedIn network and, if you have time, also attend events, reach out to connections you have made in the past, and join relevant professional organizations. Building relationships with people in your field is important can help you learn about job openings and gain valuable advice and insights.
Research the company before your interview. Learning about the company's mission, values, and culture can help you tailor your responses to show how you are a good fit for the organization. And I can't stress this enough: it's important to learn about the company before your interview! If you do not do this, they will take this as a lack of interest. So be sure to research the company beforehand to avoid missing out on an opportunity.
Practice your interview skills. Consider doing a mock interview with a friend or family member to get comfortable answering common interview questions. You can also review the job description and think about examples of times when you demonstrated the skills and experience required for the role. There are also a ton of interview questions on the internet. You can search for phrases like "common interview questions" and find hundreds of interview questions.
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