By Katie Corbett
When I was job hunting, I discovered that the more activities I did that related directly to talking with people and following up on job leads, the more likely it was that I would land a job. This might seem like common sense, but it can be easy to get caught up in the false sense of accomplishment that comes from filling out job applications, so I wanted to stress this point. There is an entire hidden job market that is based on who you know and who you talk with, and I have heard of people landing jobs without filling out a single job application. I’ve done this four time in my career, so I know it’s possible.
I read a book called “Fanatical Prospecting,” by Jeb Blount, and this idea applies in sales, too. To help me stay on track, I made a list of all my job hunting activities. Here are some tips if you want to create your own job hunting activities list.
- Count the number of weekdays in the next month.
- Write down three job hunting activities you want to do each day.
- Make sure each activity involves interacting with a person.
- Remember to include follow-ups in your list.
- If you have items on your list that make you nervous, schedule an appointment in your calendar to get them done early in the day.
- As you get job interviews and informational interviews scheduled, add them to your list.
- Choose a way that you will reward yourself each day as you complete the three tasks.
- Once you accomplish the three job hunting tasks for the day, give yourself the rest of the day to relax.
- Find a friend who might be willing to serve as an accountability buddy; you might find it helpful to call, email, message, or text that person when you have completed your three daily tasks.
- At the end of the month, make a list for the next month.
I hope you find these tips helpful as you create your job hunting activities list. I found this to be the quickest way to land a job. It works especially well when you have a specific type of job you are aiming to find.
Was one of these tips particularly helpful? Let me know in the comments.
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