Setting Yourself Up for a Successful Job Search
The job search is an inherently stressful process and can test your patience and endurance. However, there are a variety of ways you can set yourself up for success from the start to give yourself some relief from these emotional strains.
Getting off to a solid start
Approach your job search with an expectation of success. Your attitude has a lot to do with the kind of results you are likely to experience. If you have a great attitude heading into your search, your network will be more inclined to provide assistance and help. With the right mindset from the start, expect success.
With that in mind, here are some practical tips for setting yourself up for a successful job search:
- Determine how much work you will put into your search. Are you going to be a full-time or part-time job searcher? This likely depends on whether or not you are currently working. A good rule of thumb is 15-20 hours is part time and 30-35 hours is full time. You decided.
- The job search is your job. Once you have determined your hours, you should treat the hunt as you would a regular job. Keep a daily routine that includes getting up early, taking a shower, working hard and taking scheduled breaks. If it helps, set your alarm to wake up and ring a bell at closing time.
- Set up your voicemail. It’s extremely important that you make good first impressions to potential employers. If an interested employer calls and you are unable to answer, your recorded greeting will influence whether or not they remain interested in you. Keep your greetings professional, positive and personable.
- Set up your email. Any email address that you use for interacting with employers should be professional. Rather than using your favorite hobby or nickname , simply use your name as your email address, adding initials, underscores or periods when necessary. Avoid adding years or numbers if possible. You should also include a signature in your emails that contains your name, email address and phone number.
- Keep a schedule. Using a calendar to track your tasks, appointments and interviews is essential to effectively managing your time. You own your time now, so make the best use of it by using a calendar. A calendar also helps you track your progress at the end of every day and week to see how much you have accomplished.
- Stay organized. Create a folder on your computer that contains all files related to your job search. These files could include your résumé, job applications, cover letters, spreadsheets, contact lists and anything else that you might use while searching for a job.
By following these tips, you will put yourself on a much smoother track to success in your job search.