Searching for a job can be tough, particularly if you’re unemployed. However, if you take a systematic approach then you have a far greater chance of success. Here are six tips from Susan P. Joyce, writing in TheSavvyIntern, that will make your search for a job that bit easier.
- Set a goal: Having a set objective in mind will actually make your search easier. Rather than applying for anything and everything, focus on specific roles that you might be suited to and tailor your CV accordingly. Doing so will make you a far stronger applicant.
- Make a plan: Think about the specific steps you’ll need to take. You’ll need to update your CV, but do you want to reach out to contacts or will you focus on job boards? Once you have an idea of what you want to do, you’ll need to get it in order.
- Create a task list: Having decided the broad outline of your plan, consider all of the actions needed for each step along the way – and create a comprehensive set of achievable, realistic objectives.
- Organise your task list: As you begin to work on it, you’ll find items rising and falling on your task list; and you’ll often find you can work on several items concurrently.
- Set deadlines: Perhaps most importantly you should set deadlines for your tasks. You may also want to set broader status checks – if something hasn’t happened by a set date, for example, then you need to do something else, such as widening your search.
- Prioritise tasks: First thing, consider your primary goal for the day and attempt to tackle that task as early as possible. Prioritising your tasks should help you reach your objectives as quickly as possible.