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10 Critical Components of a Successful Job Search

10 Critical Components of a Successful Job Search
From Recruiter - August 8, 2016

The job search can be a difficult process. Many components need to come together in order to make it successful. Unfortunately, some job seekers put all their efforts into only a few of the components without ever considering the rest.

Its not enough to focus all your energy on crafting an award-winning resume, applying for jobs online, and waiting for recruiters or hiring managers to call. No, to be successful in your job search requires much more.

When I talk about the job search with my clients, I emphasize the following 10 componentsall of which are critical for job search success:

1. AProper Attitude

All too often, I hear job seekers complaining.Ill never get hired because Im overqualified, they say. Or: There are no jobs out there. Negative talk like this will get you nowhere.

People are far more likely to help people who appear positive than they are to help people who appear negative. Im not saying you must feel positive; Im just saying you should try to appear positive. As the saying goes: Fake it til you make it.

Need help? Read up on the importance of a positive attitude.

2. A Good First Impression

First of all, are you dressed for the job search? Youre on stage every time you leave the house, so dont walk around in clothes youd wear while cutting the lawn.

Second, be sure to always look people in the eyes while delivering a firm handshake that doesnt crush their hand. Smile at everyone and make eye contact. You may think this is not important, but you never know when youll meet a potential employer in Starbucks, for example.

Need help?Read up on 10 first impressions that are important for your job search.

3.Network, Network, Network

Whenever you talk with someone in your community and the opportunity arises, mention youre between jobs. Be clear as to what you want to do and where you want to do it. Tell everyone (if the time is appropriate), but dont bend their ear and make a poor first impression.

Attend networking events to gain leads and provide leads; remember, networking is a two-way street.

Dont confine yourself to job-seeker-specific groups. Attend business networking events where most people are employed. Currently employed contacts will generally be in a better position to help than your fellow unemployed will be.

Need help?Read up onhow to make networking more pleasant.

4. A Strategy for the Hidden Job Market

Coincidentally, this has a great deal to do with networking. Look for jobs that arent advertised publicly. Employers gain a lot more from not advertising their positions. That way, they can promote from within and get referrals from trusted sources, rather than deal with the scores of unqualified candidates who are sure to flood them with applications.

Lets face it: When a job is advertised, its too late. The majority of job seekers only apply for advertised positions, which means theres a great deal of competition. The smart job seekers tap into the hidden world of unadvertised jobs by networking and becoming referrals for desired positions.

Need help?Read up onhow to mine the hidden job market.

5. Outreach to Growing Companies

This will require gathering your labor market information, which can be done in a number of ways. I suggest developing a list of companies for which youd like to work and then visiting their websites tolook for evidence of growth.

Growth equals possible hiring in the future. Business journals, the stock market, and conversations with knowledgeable contacts are allsources for the labor market information you need. Once you know which companies are growing, send them a networking email.

Need help?Read up onhow to craft your networking email.

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