Finding the right job opportunity can take time, but planning your job hunting campaign can often lead to success a little quicker.
By treating your job hunting campaign like a project, for example, by setting goals, schedules, gathering your resources and reviewing your progress, you can increase your chances of achieving job hunting success.
So here are some tips on how to start your campaign, and more importantly, keep on top of it.
Getting into the right mindset
The first and most important step is getting into the right mindset, ready to implement your job hunting strategy. It is likely that you will get the results you want by assessing your options, being focussed and above all being patient. By assessing the options available to you, you could find yourself moving in a different career direction, allowing you to develop both personally and professionally.
Preparing for your Job Hunting Campaign
Once you are in the right mindset and are ready to begin the hunt there are a number of practical things you can do:
- Write your Interview Winning CV. Remember to tailor your CV appropriately for the job opportunity you are applying for, watch this space for guidance in the coming weeks.
- Get an appropriate email address. Remember first impressions count; keep your email address professional and simple.
- Switch on your answer phone and customise your messages. A missed call may be a missed opportunity, so make sure people can get hold of you or can leave a message.
Keep yourself on your Job Hunting track
- Make good use of your time. By focussing on the things that matter, it will help you keep your campaign on the right path.
- Review your job searching activities, record your ad responses, applications and interviews. Sometimes keeping upbeat and positive is the hardest hurdle to overcome, by looking at a list of the things you’ve achieved you can encourage yourself to keep going, keeping you focussed on success.
- Set yourself deadlines, a schedule of activities to stick to. Unfortunately, it is not easy to determine how long a job hunting campaign will take even when taking a range of proactive steps. Put deadlines in place; for example complete your Interview Winning CV in a week, contact reputable agencies within two weeks, respond to 1 or 2 advertisements a week and so on. Remember, when setting yourself targets and deadlines, make sure that they are achievable and review them regularly.
- Keep yourself marketable. Expand your skill set, either by attending courses or getting involved with volunteer work.
REMEMBER: Be Patient and remain positive
Each experience is a learning opportunity, so be positive in your approach and be realistic about how much time and effort it’s going to take.
Don’t get discouraged if you are not offered interviews straight away, the hiring process can be long and drawn out particularly if a number of people are involved in the selection process. If you do not receive a response to an application, remain focussed and keep going.
Remember; stay positive, motivated and effective throughout your campaign. Following these tips will put you on the right track but focus and determination will aid your success in the long run.
For a more detailed “Job Hunting Campaign” Guide, including a guide to “Job Hunting Jargon”, click here and take the next step on your Job Hunting Campaign.