If you want to be successful at anything, being organized and consistent are always going to be top of mind when you begin your journey.
This same thing goes for when you're looking for a job.
In this article, I'm going to break down some ideas and actions to help job seekers get the most out of their job search, along with a document to help make things easier for you!
Have A Plan
Plain and simple, when you're looking for a job, you need to have a plan. Here are some great ideas to keep in mind before you start applying to roles:
Know the type of role(s) you want
- Write down 2-3 different roles you're interested in and make sure it lines up with your previous experience.
Create a schedule
- If you're unemployed, applying to jobs should now be your full-time job. Set a schedule during the day where your job search is your top priority. If you have a job, block off time during, or after, your day job to help move the needle.
Set a standard
- Figure out how many roles you need to apply to in order to successfully line up interviews. For some it may be 5 jobs a day, others it may be 10!
Network With A System
Networking will be your best friend when you're applying to jobs.
For every 1 job you apply to, we recommend sending LinkedIn requests to at least 2 people on that company's HR team.
Taking that extra effort will pay dividends. Once you're connected on LinkedIn, we recommend sending the hiring manager a quick video letting them know that you had applied to a certain position, or you can send them a note with your connection!
Documentation is key. You will have a bumpy and inconsistent job search if you're not documenting the ideas above. You may be asking yourself, "Well jeeze, what does this even mean? Documentation? Like writing things down in a word doc? What do I include? How do I format it?"
You've already got enough going on during your job search, so I did all the heavy lifting for you! Before I provide you with the document to use in your job search journey, let's break down the information that you need to always be keeping track of when you're applying to jobs.
- Job Title
- Submission Date
- Video and/or Message Submitted?
- Do You Have a Referral/Contact?
Now, it may take some time for you to come up with a system and to get comfortable with things. That's natural and part of the process of getting better. If you're reading this article and viewing the document below, it probably means that you're getting out of your comfort zone, so congrats!
Below is the application tracking document that I have created for all the job seekers that come across this article. Make sure to Like & Share this article, and the application document to help make a difference in someone's job hunt!