Most people will agree that conducting a job search, especially in this economy, is a necessary evil.
I agree that it’s necessary, but I disagree that it’s evil.
If done right, a job search need not be all doom and gloom. You can stay upbeat and you can actually, I’m whispering now, enjoy the process.
Here are some strategies for staying motivated and organized during your search, which will make you feel good about the process and the accomplishments you make, and ultimately land the job you want.
First you need a system for organizing your job search contacts and leads. Whether it’s a business card case, or whether you staple those biz cards into a spiral notebook, make sure you loose not one of them! Each card enables you to follow up after your meeting, and keep that communication going. Remember – you aren’t asking them for a job, you are asking what made them successful, what they like best about their job, and what advice can they give to you. You’ll also ask who they can recommend you talk to. Since everyone knows about 250 people, network well, and you’ll be adding 250 new people every time you network effectively.
You’ll also need a system for ensuring that you reach the smaller goals that will eventually add up to the larger goals.
Smaller goals include: networking with 5 people per week, which is 20 people per month; researching 1 new company every day via their websites, and any articles you can read about them, which results in 20 per month. Doing a “Google search” would be very helpful here.
Larger goals include scheduling 10 informational interviews per month. Top goals include scheduling actual interviews for open jobs. Keep on track with your smaller, less intimidating goals, and you’ll soon reach your more challenging goals.