Like any successful marketing or military campaign, you need to plan and organize your job search. The goal is to have a steady, productive level of positive activity that always drives your search forward. First you must understand two points - 1) finding a job is a full time job; 2) if you let the job search consume your entire life, you will burn out quickly.
Here is what I recommend:
Targeting Your Search
You are targeting numerous potential sources of employment and must divide your time between those sources based on their potential. Only about 20% of jobs are found just through responding to ads; 5% or less are found through recruiters and headhunters; 75% are found through networking in various forms. Thus you should be spending no more than 20% of your time responding to ads, 5 to 7% applying to recruiters and headhunters, and 70% networking in all its various forms.
Positive Habits & Activities
We are all creatures of habit. Just as you had a daily routine (more or less) that you followed at work, you need to set up a daily routine for your job search. Pick a daily start time, say 8 AM. You need to be at your new job of finding a job daily at 8 AM. Schedule your time as suggested above and stick to it. Get into a daily routine that includes calling family, friends and professional contacts to network; researching companies; writing and sending targeted letters to specific companies and/or industries; building your on-line networking resources such as Linkedin; attending networking events and one-on-one meetings; contacting recruiters and headhunters; searching on-line listings and completing applications. Activity is the key. Measure your results (see my “Activity is the Key to Success” blog). This will help you to maintain a sustained level of positive activity.
Do Not Neglect The Personal Side
We tend to shy away from family and friends due to the embarassment of being unemployed. Family and friends want to help, so let them. In order to maintain your positive outlook and not burn out, try to maintain a balance. Plan time for physical exercise, even if it is nothing more than a daily 30 minute walk in your neighborhood. If you do not now exercise, start one (endorphins make you feel better and can help clear your mind) Make sure you have time to see family and friends (they can be great networking resources for you). Even if money is tight, try to arrange activities with your family and friends. There are a lot of great activities that are free!. If you belong to a religious group, become more active it (another great networking source). If you do not belong to one, consider joining one. Finally, consider volunteering. It is another good networking opportunity, as well as a wonderful way to focus on others while generating a positive self-image that you need to sell yourself in an interview.
Look For Support Groups
Finally, consider joining a support group or job club. They are great ways to cross-fertilize ideas that you or others may find helpful. They will also help you to maintain a positive attitude. If you cannot find such a group, Maybe you can start one.
Each person’s schedule will be different; all the good ones will contain these elements.
Image courtesy of graur razvan ionut / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
The team at Social Hire never just do social media management.
What the Social Hire gang loves is making a difference for our clients, and we don't want to waste your, or our resources on campaigns that aren't right for your organisation, if it doesn't get your organisation the difference you need - we prefer a better approach. When your business utilises social media management, Social Hire get your brand the exposure it needs and offer your business the lift it needs to improve.
Our digital marketing managers are the wizards that can give you the insight you need to develop your business. Have you had enough of making complex personnel choices that don't work well for your digital presence?
The social media marketers in our company are the best in the business at helping our partners enhance their online marketing. We outline and implement cutting-edge social media marketing plans that help our customers realise their organisational objectives and further their social media presence. Our experienced team of digital experts do your social media strategy creation and management in an uncomplicated monthly plan that is cost-effective and is genuinely useful, whatever results you demand from your marketing team.
Our specialists are a team that assists our partners improve their presence online by producing online marketing on a regular basis. Our service is transparent and economical, which ensures that you get a great service and results that make a difference when you use our services.
You might like these blog posts The 5 Habits Of Highly Successful Social Media Managers, Want to Strengthen Your Team with 360-Reviews? Here are Four Questions to Ask, 5 Ways To Promote Your New Facebook Page, and 10 Ways to Make Your Lead Generation Website Convert on the First Visit.