Three Proven Methods for your Job Search

This was first posted in March 2011-it still holds true today!

You are in a job search and this is the first search you have conducted in years, if ever.  What do you do?

Here is a list of some of the things I see job seekers do when I work with them in the Brentwood UMC Career Transition Group:

1.  Send out resumes blindly to firms where you have no connection
2.  Scan the job boards to continue feeding item #1
3.  Make a list of target firms that you have an interest in
4.  Share your target list with contacts to see who has a connection in any of the firms
5.  Get back in touch with former co-workers and friends to ask for help

If you said #1 or #2, I would ask for you to read on.

If you chose #3 and/or #4 and/or #5 I would applaud your work and encourage you to read on for reinforcement.  This post will summarize many of the ways prove to Best aid your job search.

Reach out to former contacts

Many job seekers who have not sought work for years find a much different job market than the one they entered 10, 15 or 20 years ago.  Technology has changed things, but relationships rule the day still.

You need to reconnect in any way possible with those who know you, especially those in roles with firms you have an interest in.  Don’t be shy-just do it!

Make a target list of firms

Fail to plan-plan to fail.  If you don’t know where you are going then any road will take you there.  Both of these hold true for your job search.  As soon as you can you need to put together a list of targeted firms and then begin the process of finding contacts in each of them.  You may need to build a bridge into some of them that goes through one or two others to reach that ideal destination.  Job search is a process, not a destination.

Get back in touch

We talked a little about this in reaching out to former contacts, but you need to put on a “full court press” when it comes to the job search.  Your search process should be a full time job, maybe more so, and if it does not take up your week then you are not working hard enough.    Reaching out to former co-workers is certainly a good part of the process, but you also need to work every contact you can.  A good resource for the network part of the process is “Never Eat Alone,” a book written by Keith Ferrazzi about the art and science of networking.  Read this book and put it into practice.

Make a list
Share your list
Get back in touch

If you employ these three strategies you will see a marked improvement in you job search.  Just do it!