Your job search needs a little Monday Motivation! Have you tried these job search activities?
It is Monday, and you know what that means…a little dose of motivation.
You and I both know you can be job searching better. There is always room for improvement.
Take a minute or two and evaluate what you did last week and what the outcomes were.
And if you think you were doing the right things, think about HOW you were doing them. Were you positive, optimistic, genuine, clear?
Are you measuring your job search activities?
Tracking Your Job Search Activities contains a hand sheet to use.
Have you made a “bucket list” of people you want to meet?
Who Do You Need to Know puts forth this challenge. Reach out to peers and those one level above you. But before reaching out cold, ask your everyone you know if they know the person! You are far more likely to get a response if you drop the name of a mutual connection.
Have you been researching “target companies” and are you following them on LinkedIn?
Always have a list of about 50 companies you would like to work for or are researching. Job search is a numbers game and you need to be at the right place at the right time. Don’t miss an opportunity. Here are places you can go to build your list:
- Business Finder list (from CareerOneStop )
- Top 100 lists for your city
- Glassdoor.com’s Best Places to Work, 2020
- Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to work for – 2019
- Get a listing of local employers from your chamber of commerce
- Ask your local librarian to help you conduct research
Are you writing down your daily or weekly goals?
Remember, a goal not written is only a wish!
These are on-going job search activities. They don’t ever stop, not even after you’ve landed a new job. It is always about having options and being in control of your next step.
Your goal should be actionable, specific, and measurable! Don’t just say you are going to network more this week. Instead, your goal could be
“I’m going to reach out to 5 people I know and make sure they know what I am looking for and where I want to work.”
“I’m going to follow up with every person I met last week by sending them an email and an interesting/relevant article.”
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.