Having the best job search strategy is often overlooked in terms of importance when people are looking for a new opportunity. By that I mean that people will often apply for as many jobs as they can as they see it as a ‘numbers game’. It some senses that is true, but it is so important to get the right job that fits you like a hand-in-glove. Get the wrong job or working environment and it is certain recipe for career disaster.
The other really important point I’d like to make is that if you take a scatter-gun approach to hitting your target you’ll find you will waste a great deal of energy and potentially burn out. The reason being is that by applying for various roles or companies that are only on the outer reaches of your skill set or values you may get shortlisted but you probably won’t get offered. They will sense you aren’t quite right. Or if you do get offered you’ll decide it’s not right at the last minute. This approach then becomes very time consuming and energy zapping. It can feel like a battle, psychologically speaking, to keep going if you get many knockbacks.
The secret of staying strong is to take a laser focused approach to ensure you have the best job search strategy. This may feel counter-productive, especially if you are without work. However, the more thought out your views and feelings more likely you’ll have the best job search strategy. It will be aligned to your values, passion, skills and experience the more likely you will impress the interview panel and the quicker your job search will be.
Align yourself to the search
So how should you ensure that your job search is really tightly allied with who you are and what you have to offer your soon-to-be employer? Well you need to make sure that you have absolute clarity on your side of the equation first. That is, you need to be clear about what your values and what your transferable skills are.
To discover or reaffirm your passions and values answer the following questions:
- What do you love in life?
- What do you value in life?
- What makes your life enjoyable?
- What are you truly passionate about?
- What are you committed to?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- What creates true joy in your life?
- What makes you proud?
- What are you truly thankful for?
To develop your knowledge of your talents, answer the following questions:
- What are you good at?
- Where have I excelled in the past?
- Where have I been successful?
- What are some of my strengths?
- What have others told you you’re good at?
To develop a firm feeling and affirmation of your true vocation, answer the following:
- Do you believe in a higher entity or God? What does God or the Source want me to do with my life?
- What unique opportunities are placed in my path?
- Where can I make a difference?
- What do I sense is my destiny?
Researching companies and roles
Now that you have answered those questions and you’ve sorted out your side of the equation you need to establish a target list of possible companies and likely roles that will suit you. To ensure you truly have the best job search strategy, You’ll need to research the companies culture, size, and underlying values. At this stage it’s fine to start big. Put the time in now and whittle your target list down. At the very least you need to establish an ideal profile of what you next job and company will look like. The last tip I can give you is to closely match the companies you approach, or see advertised, to your profile and decide how much you are willing to compromise. By following this approach, you will be on the right path to creating the best job search strategy as it will be more targeted and effective.