Whether you’ve been searching for a job for one month or twelve, it’s time to evaluate what’s working and what isn’t. After all, searching for a job is a job within itself. Make the most of your time and be efficient! Below are some questions to ask yourself about your job search methods and how they can affect your outcome of receiving a job offer.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR JOB LEADS?
Job boards are a great place to begin your job search. Jobs4TN has a wealth of jobs in their system for you to review. You can also keep tabs on what companies you are most interested in working with. A lot of places hire from within prior to posting on large job boards. If you are actively engaged on their websites, you’ll see when new positions come up sooner.
HOW MANY JOBS HAVE YOU APPLIED FOR?
Generic resumes and cover letters aren’t “one size fits all” solutions. Creating a clear and customized message for every job or company you are interested in is ideal. This doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch each time. Cater your experience to what the company is looking for in the job posting.
HOW MANY JOBS DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE A GREAT FIT FOR?
Employers are looking for the best candidates, the ones that meet their job requirements. A general rule of thumb is to apply when you meet more than 60% of the requirements.
DID YOU FOLLOW UP AFTER YOU APPLIED?
Make the extra effort and do everything you can to make live contact with the hiring manager. While an email is great, talking with the hiring manager directly is the best way to follow up.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW WORKING AT YOUR TARGET COMPANIES?
The more people you know inside the companies you want to work for, the more likely you can submit your qualifications while there isn’t as much competition. This is why networking is so important! When you come across a job you are interested in, reach out to everyone in your network to see if they may know anyone who works at that particular company. If you don’t have any direct connections, use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to find a contact to reach out to directly.
HAVE YOU BEEN NETWORKING?
Attend local networking events on a regular basis. These can include professional association meetings, conferences or less formal meetups Pay special attention to meeting individuals from the companies you would most like to work for. If you have a friend in common, have them introduce you. Once you’ve met someone, always follow up with a thank you message. Continue to foster the new connection by keeping in touch. It helps keep you top of mind should any new positions arise.
Keep track of your job search efforts. Make a list, or spreadsheet, of the jobs you’ve applied for including the company information, hiring manager’s name and contact info, date you applied and any other details specific to that job.