Nine key actions for your job search

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Determined to be successful in your job search efforts? Careers coach Paul Mullan outlines nine key points that will help you achieve your goals.

 

1. Set daily targets:

Set daily job search activity targets. This will help provide direction and help increase motivation. Place emphasis on proactive job search activity. Job sites make it easy to target the advertised jobs, so you should have more free time for networking and speculative applications.

2. Increase your activity on Linkedin:

Creating a strong Linkedin profile isn’t enough. You must work to drive traffic to your profile. Customise your Linkedin profile URL. Add this link to your CV, cover letter, Twitter profile, business cards and email signature. Start engaging within Linkedin groups, post Linkedin status updates and connect with more people.

3. Create an impactful CV:

This can make a huge difference, especially when targeting advertised jobs. You must excite the reader, so try inserting more results and achievements. You must make yourself relevant to the reader, so try tailoring CV content for specific roles.

4. Take more risks:

Record and review job search activity. If your strategies are working, then stick with them. If your strategies aren’t working, then change them. Many job seekers play it too safe. Many job seekers ignore the facts. Start taking a few risks and inject more creativity into your job applications. Need inspiration? You’ll find many amazing examples of creativity online.

5. Learn to sell yourself:

If you can’t sell yourself, then no one else will do it for you. Take time to understand your unique selling points, key achievements and the value you can bring to companies.

6. Ask more questions:

“To know the road ahead, ask those coming back”. Start asking more questions. Start asking for feedback and advice. You’ll find that people are generally willing to help. All you need to do is muster up the courage to ask. This information could play a key role in guiding you to achieve career/job search goals.

7. Stay on the radar:

Networking must be a continual exercise, as people can forget about you. Therefore, it’s not enough to get onto someone’s radar. You must work to stay on their radar with subtle reminders. Try revisiting unsuccessful job applications and interviews from 2012. You never know how circumstances have changed.

8. Acquire new skills:

Up-skilling should be a continual quest and has many benefits. It can increase your attractiveness to employers, help fill gaps in employment, provide a break from job search and help build your confidence.

9. Start a charm offensive:

Thank people for their help, thank interviewers for their time and go out of your way to help others. Also, don’t forget to smile!

About Paul Mullan

Paul Mullan is founder of Measurability, a leading Career & Outplacement consultancy. Visit the website for more details about Outplacement, CV Writing and Interview Coaching services.