Searching for a job can be a long and draining process. If you want to find the right job, you will have to put in the necessary time, energy and effort to be successful. However, although finding the perfect job is probably never going to be very easy, there are certain things you can do to enhance your job seeking. Here are our 7 picks of simple but very efficient things to take your job search to the next level:
- Consider your job search as a fulltime job
A lot of people consider job searching as something they do on the side. And sometimes, that is not just a voluntary choice: if you´re working fulltime, it can be next to impossible to dedicate enough time to your job search. However, we still challenge you to try to consider your job seeking as a fulltime job as well, no matter what other activities you have going on. If you want to do this right, it will cost a lot of time so you need to make sure you put in that time to get the right results.
- Stop scrolling through hundreds of job postings and get focused
Get focused from the beginning and make a clear plan. Don´t waste time scrolling through hundreds of vacancies without having clear what you are really looking for. By having a plan, you can make your job search much more efficient and to the point.
- Create goals for yourself
Related to considering your job search as a real job, try setting measurable goals for yourself. If you set goals for what you want to achieve in your job seeking, you have something to work towards and it will also help you to take your job search more serious. For example, instead of saying you´re going to find and apply to some relevant job postings this week, make it more specific: every week you need to find and apply to at least 7 vacancies.
- One size does not fit all
This one is key: with job searching one approach for everything does not work. It´s all about customizing and adjusting your application to this opportunity. You need to show why you are the right candidate for the job and why you really want to work for this company so with a one size fits all resume and cover letter you sure won´t achieve that.
- Get the right help
To take your job search to the next level, think about getting the right help. For example, a staffing agency can help you find the right opportunity and present you to the right employers who have relevant vacancies. A staffing agency can truly guide you through all steps of the recruitment process and therefore will instantly make your job search more successful.
- Network, network, network
Your professional and personal network might be able to help you with your job seeking and therefore when you are on the hunt for a new job it´s all about networking. Go to industry events, get back in touch with previous professional contacts, connect with people on LinkedIn and just get out there to meet new people. Do make sure that you´re not just networking to make use of your new contacts without investing time and energy yourself in the relationship.
- Clean up your social media profiles
This may sound like common sense but in today´s digital world, you need to make sure your social media profiles are adequate. And we´re not just talking about LinkedIn, obviously since this is a professional social network it needs to be up to date and completely aligned with your resume and cover letter, but all your social media profiles need to give the right impression. Therefore, do yourself a favor and clean out all your profiles to get rid of any inappropriate pictures and posts.
What other things do you think you can do to enhance your job seeking? We would love to read about it in the comments section.