What to Do When You've Run Out of Jobs to Apply For
One of the hardest concepts for my Job Search clients to understand is that the act of job search is not simply applying for jobs. Job searching isn’t just searching online for positions and applying, it’s not even tweaking your resume for roles that you’re interested in. There are lots of moving parts and several strategic things that the successful job seeker must consistently navigate. For today’s career tip I will outline five things you should do each week in addition to applying when looking for a new job.
You’ve heard the expression; it’s not what you know, but who you know. Well I always say that the only people mad about that are the ones that don’t know anyone. Networking is a vital part of the job search process. Ideally you will have a minimum of two to three networking conversations per week. Use LinkedIn, your phone contacts and a list of past co-workers to come up with a list of 50 people at companies that you’re interested in working for and schedule 20 – 30 minutes networking meetings. You don’t have to meet in person. Phone, Skype, Google Hangouts and Zoom are inexpensive alternatives to Starbucks.
Knowledge is power! Because you’ll be talking to so many people you’ll want to do an adequate amount of daily research so that you can hold meaningful conversations. Research companies that you’re interested in. Know the major players in your industry. Be able to articulate how your skills and experience have prepared you for positions of interest. Be ready!
3. Follow Up:
So what do you do when Thursday rolls around and no new jobs have been added to LinkedIn, Glassdoor or Indeed? When there’s nothing else to apply for, follow up on the jobs that you’ve already applied for. Reach out to your contacts that have relationships with the organization. Call the recruiter and ask them where they are in their hiring process. Send a Thank You note to your networking partners for taking the time out to speak with you. When you’re looking for a job it’s beneficial to stay on people’s radar. Take some time to follow up.
4. Update Skills: Finally, use your transition as a time to update your skills. If you’ve been using your company’s proprietary tools for five years maybe now would be a good time to learn other similar tools. Take a look at a few job descriptions. If you’re seeing certain software mentioned that you aren’t proficient in, work in some time to get training.
Hopefully all this applying, networking and research will land you a few interviews. Remember the resume gets you the interview, but it’s the interview that lands you the job so when you have an interview, even if it’s just a screening interview with a recruiter, take some time and prepare for the interview.
Your time in transition isn’t about just getting another job, it’s also an opportunity to explore who you are and make sure that you’re presenting the best you. If you’re not doing the five things that I’ve mentioned, you may be missing out on valuable opportunities to engage with others in your field and to expand your network.
So how active is your job search strategy? Are you doing everything that you can to decrease your time in search? You should easily be investing 20 hours per week in job search. Drop me a comment and tell me ONE thing you’re going to start doing more of today.