5 No-Fail Job Search Strategies

Here are my current top 5 job search strategies for thriving in the current job market – to land the job you want, one that you’ll love.

1 – Target your search.  Be specific and targeted in your job search.  I find that I am often comparing the job search process to dating. You need to court the company/employer: Do your research.  Get to know who they are.  Express an interest in them, specifially.  Show them how you’d be a valuable employee for them to have.

2 – Get current. Update your resume format and leverage technology (e.g. linked in/facebook/twitter).  Make sure you use keywords!  Use a modern (basic sans serif) font (e.g. Arial).  Set up your profile on LinkedIn.  Use LinkedIn to connect with coworkers from your present and past and get recommendations.  Use Twitter and Facebook to make new connections.  (For great info on how to Twitter and Facebook to network, check out this post: http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/creating-connections/)

3 – Be confident.  Know who you are and what you offer!  Know your strengths, skills and goals.  Know what you bring to the table.

4 – Focus on your accomplishments.  Speak to your experience and accomplishments on your resume, in your cover letter, in your interviews.  Describe how your demonstrated work experience would benefit the new company.  Show  the ways in which you’ve “been there, done that”.  (For more on accomplishments: https://unearthyourworth.com/its-all-about-accomplishments/)

5 – Network.  Network.  Network.  Continue to develop your current relationships and form new ones.  Rather than apply online via a job search site, use your network to find a way to contact the company directly.   Don’t forget to help others find work, and ask for their help find work for you. 

I find many individuals are using some, but not all, of these strategies in their search.  If you’re not getting the results you want, are you leveraging each of these strategies in your search? 

I’d also love to hear about your “no-fail” job search strategies.

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Client Stories

 I was looking to make large changes in my life, both job and city.  I was a happy midwestern resident for nearly 30 years but wanted to see what life on a coast was like and get a dream job.  This was a tall order and going into it I thought I would have to make large compromises on parts of my dreams to get any of it.  

I went to Lori to help me achieve these dreams.  It was the best decision I made.

She focused on two things right out of the gate:
  1. clarify my goals, both personal and professional
  2. get me to stop selling myself short

These twin achievements allowed me to approach my hunt with confidence, patience and focus.  My original dream job was to try and combine my technical joys with a personal one.  I enjoy large scale data processing with cutting edge tools, music and baseball.  Through the tools Lori taught me and helped me unearth in myself I got that gig that would have fallen into day dream territory before our work together.  

And yeah, there's platinum records on the walls of my lobby and I have tons of data to process.

Pat Christopher, Intelligence Engineer, Seattle, WA