Ask career changers what consumes most of their time and they’ll say “searching for jobs” or “(re)writing my resume.” Unfortunately what takes up time and creates value are very different in a job hunt. Of all the activities in job-hunting, there is one that acts as the tipping point. It requires a small change in strategy, but has a disproportionate impact (up to 21x) on a job-hunter’s ability to land their dream job.
The one measurable activity that has a disproportionate impact on a job-hunters success is face-to-face time with hiring managers. Despite jobs being distributed across more online platforms, hiring people is still a face-to-face process. By focusing on this metric of job-hunting success, it becomes easier to experiment with unconventional approaches for landing meetings with hiring managers.
You’re in the midst of a job search. You need a job, but not just any job. You want the perfect job – the one you actually want to go to. You are not alone.
“A recent survey found that nearly three quarters of workers say they hate their job!”
If you want to be one of the lucky ones, you need to intensify the focus in your job search and use your time more effectively. Here are three ways focus influences your job search success.
1) Be Specific In Your Job Search
Do you look anywhere and everywhere when job hunting? Do you sign up for every job board in town, scan the local classifieds and blast your Facebook friends with your resume? If so, you are going about it the wrong way.
Are you struggling to find a job or switch careers? Most job seekers don’t realize that their job-hunting method, not their profile, determines their success.
Richard Bolles, author of the book What Color Is Your Parachute, has researched job-hunting methods for over 40 years. He’s collected comparative statistics on the top 10 different methods job-hunters use. The results will surprise you!
What you’ll discover is that not all job-hunting methods are created equally. Knowing which ones perform the best, will help you avoid wasting your time and energy.