If your job search isn’t producing the results you want, it may be time for an overhaul. Here’s how to change your approach and improve your outcomes in just six steps:
Change where you search.
Often, the job you want exists – it just may not appear where you’re looking. Start by diversifying your search locations.
For instance, if you’re reading the want ads every day, try adding some online job boards. If you’re searching job boards, try looking at the career services websites of local colleges. Don’t hesitate to connect with local recruiters, who often have access to the best available jobs before they’re publicly posted.
Make a schedule.
Job searching is a job in itself. Setting your “work hours” will help you accomplish more each day without leading to burnout.
Choose a block of time in your day when you’re alert and unlikely to be distracted. Keep your job search materials in one place, so it’s easier to find what you need. Then, set up a rotating schedule. For instance, you might search online on Mondays, check the local paper on Tuesdays, meet with a member of your professional network on Wednesdays, and so on.
Connect with others.
Set aside one day a week to connect with someone in your professional network. Meet for coffee, lunch, or just to take a walk. Phone conversations can be a great way to connect with contacts who aren’t available locally. These connections will help you stay aware of available jobs and keep you up to date on news in your industry.
Get out of the house.
In addition to connecting with a colleague once a week, choose at least two days a month to get out of the house for your job search (in addition to interviews). Local job fairs offer a smart way to learn more about available jobs while also getting you away from your desk.
Engage with something other than work.
Make time for a non-job-search project that interests and inspires you, whether it’s renovating your house or volunteering with a local charity. Not only will you help bolster your mental health throughout the job search, you’ll also build skills and connections that can pay off when it’s time to interview.
Talk to a recruiter.
Finally, don’t go it alone. Work with a recruiter who can help you focus your energies toward landing a job you’ll love.
If you’re looking for a job in Minneapolis, don’t hesitate to talk to the experienced recruiters at THE RIGHT STAFF, LLC. We can help you connect with some of the best local companies, so you can take the next step on your career path. Contact us today to learn more.