Here are 3 ideas to implement during your job search so you feel empowered and get the answers you need. Don’t just think about what you could be doing – take these actions during your job search.
Thinking and doing are two different things.
It’s so much easier to think about doing something but 100 times more difficult to put your ideas into action. Maybe that’s because… actually, it doesn’t matter why.
So in the spirit of taking action, here are three ideas to implement today:
- Set up
- Chat it up
The only way you can move forward is by taking action.
This week, instead of getting frustrated, try taking action instead.
Idea #1: Make a follow-up phone call for every job you applied to
In a recent LinkedIn poll, I noticed most job seekers stated they were frustrated by the lack of response they got when submitting their application online. Don’t get frustrated. Take action.
Follow-up to every job you applied to. Except those that say “No calls please.” How long do you wait? 15 minutes. Your purpose in making the followup call is to find out where they are in the application review process, what their time frame is for hiring and when you can follow up next. Oh, and find out if they got your resume, but this is not the main objective of your call?
Learn more about following up Stop Wondering When To Follow Up.
Idea #2: Track down past supervisors/managers and set up a meeting
Many people wait to do this until they NEED a recommendation. Do it today. Get back in touch with these folks immediately. They know your work and probably liked you. This combination makes for a powerful referral message! They most likely will want to help you if they know you are looking.
See what to say when reaching out Networking Email Templates
Idea #3: Actively participate in one LinkedIn discussion within your field
Today, add to a discussion going on in a LinkedIn post or group. This should related to your work/field/occupation/industry.
I am specifically requesting you focus on one related to your line of work. I see some job seekers actively sharing articles related to job search. While it is a good idea to share (pay it forward), I don’t think you want to be known as a professional job hunter. You want to be known for having some expertise. This is why the majority of your comments should be on topics related to the work you are interested in.
See how to write engaging comments here.
That’s it. Three ideas to implement. Which will you do today?
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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.