Over the years I have observed that there are three specific things that, if done daily, can lead to a more successful job search.
1. Holding new networking conversations. Research revealed that the number of contacts made is far more important than any other activity. The average job seeker will need to talk to 25 different decision makers before being hired. How do you get connected to these decision makers? These contacts are often uncovered through networking conversations.
2. Tracking activity. In order to achieve a goal, you need to measure and assess your progress along the way. Track the number of direct employer contacts, the number and type of networking contacts and the number of job postings you’ve responded to each week. Keep a journal to record how you’ve spent your time so you can continually refocus your efforts by identifying which activities are generating the best results and which activities isn’t adding value.
3. Following up with contacts. Job seekers with the shortest searches make eight times as many follow-up contacts with decision makers as the job hunters with the longest searches. They understand that circumstances within an organization change and stay connected by circling back to touch base with decision makers on a regular basis.
Understanding the habits of successful job hunters and employing these strategies daily will help you stay productive, focused and on track to land the position you want.
Travis has been an entrepreneur and business owner in Tulsa for over 30 years. He is a certified Life Options Retirement Coach and is certified to facilitate and deliver the Manager As Coach Learning Series (MACLS) through CPI, and a certified Career Coach. He previously served on the board of Career Partners International (CPI) and is an equity partner in CPI, offering a global reach with over 350 offices.