A job search can be overwhelming and exhausting. Even just the idea of searching for a job can leave you feeling paralyzed. I believe an efficient and effective job search requires the preparation of three key components. These components are a comprehensive job search strategy, a well-crafted resume, and solid interview prep.
Prepare your 𝐉𝐨𝐛 𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐲
In order to make the job search less overwhelming, before you do anything else, you need a strategy. What are the goals you have for your job search? I highly encourage you to build out a target list of 25 companies that you could envision yourself working at. Leverage your network for introductions at that target list. You need to be having conversations with decision-makers vs. applying for jobs and alerting the masses. Clients often tell me that it’s easy to identify the first 5 companies on the target list, but beyond that, it’s challenging. In this article career experts Biron Clark, Madeline Mann, Tim Windhof, Mark Anthony Dyson, and Michelle Rademacher share their best advice on building a target company list. Suggestions that are practical, as well as out-of-the-box, are needed to build a list of 20-30 companies.
The hidden job market allows you to target your search and supercharge your job hunt. I had the opportunity to collaborate with the LinkedIn Learning team to create an actionable course. In my Hidden Job Market course, you can learn how to access the hidden job market by leveraging your job search strategy.
Craft a powerful 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐞 to market yourself during your job search
This is the single most important marketing document– YOURS! A resume needs to tell your story in a powerful and succinct way. After you create a strategy for landing your next job, it is time to invest in a winning document to market yourself. A personally tailored resume that highlights your strengths is worth the investment, however custom resumes are now attainable on any budget.
Crafting a winning resume does not have to cost a lot and doesn’t always require a professional writer. No one knows your story better than you. I co-founded a new marketplace, Job Search Journey, featuring 20+ of the top career experts in the world with over 150+ excellent resume templates and tools. We are striving to make the job search more equitable and keep job seekers from becoming overwhelmed by the process. I encourage you to check it out. I also created a few free videos on my YouTube channel to help you craft a targeted resume.
Don’t let preparing for your 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 be overwhelming
Now you have your strategy, and you are armed with a winning resume – it is time to prep for the interview or networking conversation. For many, thinking about going to an interview can be an overwhelming piece of the job search process. Prepping for the interview can help tremendously. This is not just practicing your elevator pitch or reading the company website. Read recent press articles about the company, research the interviewer and try to find common ground, and study the job description and align how your strengths fit what they are looking for.
An interview is an opportunity to prove you are the best fit for the job. You also want to make sure the job and company are the best fit for you. It should be a two-way dialogue between the candidate and the interviewer. I had another opportunity to partner with the Linkedin Learning team and created a very comprehensive video on how to interview.