Looking for a new job is never at the top of anyone’s list of a fun time, but it can be fulfilling when the hard work pays off and you land that new position. How effective you are in your search efforts depends on multiple variables, including your credentials, fit for the role, and how well you interview; however, there are approaches you can cultivate that will keep you on top of your game and up your odds of winning.
At Fridayd, through our work with and research on job seekers, we’ve identified seven habits of the most effective job searchers.
A job search can be short-term or take much longer. On average, it may take white-collar professionals seven months to land a new job. We’ve seen job seekers using Fridayd secure a new position in as little as two to seven weeks, but most take longer, depending on the type of job you are looking for and your qualifications. Regardless of the span of time, stay the course. Don’t put your search on the back burner.
A job search is frustrating, especially when it goes on for too long. It’s easy to give in to defeat and depression and give up your search. Don’t. Keep going. One of the reasons we founded Fridayd was to help conquer the tedious and overwhelming jobs search and application process. Even when you start to feel defeated and want to throw in the towel, Fridayd keeps going for you, doing all of the work you may not want to do or feel like doing on your own.
Networking is a major aspect in your search. Even if you’ve touched base with all of your connections, stay in touch and circle back ever so often to see if anything has changed since your last contact. Don’t merely rely on existing members in your network. Continue making new connections.
Sell Yourself – Always
Everyone you meet has the potential of knowing someone who knows someone looking for the exact talent you have. Always be selling yourself. Unemployed individuals, in particular, can start to fall into a black hole when a job search goes on too long. They can become less concerned about their brand or appearance and stop worrying about the impressions they make. This is exactly when they need to do the reverse and get up, get dressed up, and show up in the world.
Continually Refine Your Approach
If you started with one resume a year ago and you are still searching a new job, mix it up. Try new approaches to your resume and cover letters. Keep them fresh. Ask for advice from mentors or resume writers.
Stay on top of hiring and recruiting trends. Read articles and blogs so that you are informed about the changing hiring landscape and practices. Fridayd is one of those changes that has helped to improve the job search process for its users. Learn more about how it works.
Believe that you WILL land the job that is just right for you. Stay positive. Find ways to keep your spirits high and continue the search, no matter what. Be grateful for the lessons learned along the way.
A job search is an ideal time to deeply evaluate who you are and what you really want and need to be happy. Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself. Maybe you are searching for a job in the same field because you think you have to, when, in fact, you could be missing hundreds of opportunities to try something new or do the work you’ve always secretly dreamed of doing. There are career coaches and mentors who can help you dig in and understand yourself and your career goals better.
Don’t Define Yourself by What You Do for a Living
People work for myriad reasons, but most do so to support themselves and their families. Still, there is a tendency to validate who we are and our worth in society by the work that we do or the professional level we have risen to. Shift your mindset to see yourself as someone who is passionate about doing good work and contributing, regardless of the type of work or title you hold. Even in your search, don’t view yourself as unemployed, for example. Look at yourself as an explorer of self and opportunities – a discoverer of vast possibilities.
Keep smiling. You found your last job. You will find another one, too — and one that is meant to take you on a path you maybe didn’t know you were supposed to travel, but one full of new lessons and growth.