“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
~ Mark Twain
Get going on your job search but know what is essential first. The stronger you build on the basics and the foundation, the better your job search story will be down the line.
Job search can be a long process and mentally taxing. To go through the process smoothly and for a better smarter job search strategy, prepare well on these essentials:
Online Job Search
We all know and have read that networking is essential for job search but never underestimate the power of job boards and online networking websites like LinkedIn. But getting down to the essentials, make sure you are using a good high speed internet service to ensure connectivity to the world and to build a strong network online.
Look up tips and advice on the internet on how to spruce up your LinkedIn profile and get networking.
Manage your Finances
Job search may take up to 6 months of more. To sustain and thrive during this time, you must make sure you have your needs taken care of with savings that can sustain you during this period. If not look up some part-time jobs that can take you through the job search period.
Once you have taken care of the needs, it is time to get rolling on one of the most essential aspects of job search – networking. Well, make that smarter and efficient networking. It is not about having more people in your network but knowing how to leverage your contacts for getting more info on available open positions and the company culture.
No matter how many people you contact or apply to online job boards your efforts would be futile without a well written resume that showcases your skills and experience to the prospective employer.
Take advice from the job experts and online job search advice articles, or hire a resume writer to have this essential element in your job search.
No matter what others think, jib search is a full time job. You must know how to manage your time well and plan on spending a few hours on different tasks every day to keep the momentum going. Spending a few hours online and a few meeting people is important. And so is making time for yourself to exercise and socialize. The more efficient and less stressful you make your job search, the better and faster the results would be.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”
Here are some other tips from an infographic via undercoverrecruiter