How To Prepare A Powerful Job Search Strategy
Having a job search strategy is one of the best tools you can develop when looking for a job. Read on to learn how you can develop a powerful tool that will help you achieve your career goals.
Remember the old saying “a goal without a plan is purely a wish”? This statement couldn’t be further from the truth and I encourage you to make this your mantra when looking to progress your career.
Step 1 – What type of work do you want?
Knowing exactly the type of work you want is key to the successful of your overall job search strategy. Make a list of the different types of jobs you’re after. Are you an administration professional? If so then think outside the box and write down other careers in this area such as Business Support Officer, Executive Support Officer, Rostering Clerk, Data Entry Operator. Is your background Accounting? Then brainstorm other careers in this industry such as Financial Analyst, Accounts Payable Officer, Management Accountant, Business Analyst.
Step 2 – Know the purpose of your resume
If you’re targeting various industries at once such as human resources, administration and finance then I strongly encourage you to have a resume specific to the industry that you’re aiming to apply for. If you’re focusing on one industry, then make sure all your skills, capabilities and achievements reflect the skills required for that particular industry.
Think about WHO will read your resume, WHO is the decision maker for interviews and WHO does the vacancy best suit?
Step 3 – Target your potential employer
Sometimes this can be the difficult part, especially when using sites such as Seek where the majority of openings are handled by recruitment consultants who do not reveal the identity of the person hiring.
However, using social media tools such as LinkedIn and Facebook are a great way to target places you’ve always wanted to work at. Of course, the old fashioned way still works, which is to send your resume and a covering letter to the business you are approaching.
As you begin to target individual business’ and respond to job vacancy openings, track each one in an excel spreadsheet and note the date you applied, the organisation or recruitment firm, and the relevant contact details.
This helps you keep track of every vacancy you’ve applied for, as well as make those important follow-up phone calls and emails.
Step 4 – Set up email alerts
Aside from Facebook, all other medium’s your using in your job search strategy (Seek, LinkedIn, Google, Monster, APS Gazette etc), allow you to set up email alerts based on targeted keywords. This is why Step 1 is so crucial to your overall job search strategy.
Step 5 – Get Feedback
Getting feedback for each job you’ve missed out can be a gruelling process. Not everyone has the time to provide feedback, but when they are prepared to give it, I strongly encourage you to take note and amend your approach as necessary.
Receiving feedback is not always easy, but understanding your flaws helps shapes perfection and you’ll quickly learn what’s been holding you back. It’s important to note that feedback is not always given so I strongly encourage you to ask.
Step 6 – Revise, revise, revise
Revisit your approach as necessary and make any necessary adjustments to your job search strategy. Over time you’ll begin to learn what’s been holding you back, and what’s working in your favour.
To conclude, this blog post is only a guide and won’t work for everybody, which is why I suggest amending it based on your individual job search. This job search strategy is aimed at your long-term career aspirations and should not be used when faced with immediate unemployment.