Job Hunting: Three Steps To Ensure You’re Not Limiting Yourself

Are you job hunting for a new opportunity?

Planning to head straight to Indeed?

Hold fire for a minute, and take a read of the following three steps for effective job hunting. Yes, pausing right now may seem counterintuitive. But these three steps will maximize your chance of not only getting a job, but getting the right one.

Step 1: Define your ideal role

The most common mistake I see people make while job hunting is jumping straight into looking at adverts to see what’s available. Taking immediate action seems completely like the right step because “you can’t get a job that doesn’t exist, right?”

There are two flaws to this logic, though.

First, actually yes, you can get a job that doesn’t exist. There’s no reason an employer can’t create a job for you, if you have a skill set that is valuable to them. Second, companies don’t necessarily advertise all positions. In fact, around 70% of jobs are never advertised.

So don’t immediately limit yourself to just 30% of the potential opportunities. Instead, define your ideal role and go after ALL the opportunities that fit that description.

If you’re having trouble with this step, check out my free workbook.

Step 2: Update your resume and LinkedIn profile to be relevant

This is an obvious step, but the point is you need to tailor both your resume and profile to your ideal role (see my previous article on this topic). You still need to tweak your resume for individual opportunities, but be prepared with a good master copy so you can respond promptly.

Step 3: Allocate your job search time effectively

Once you’re ready to find concrete opportunities, by all means look for advertised positions. The three general sources I recommend are LinkedIn, Seek and Indeed. You should also do a Google search for sites specific to your industry. And, of course, sign up for alerts from specific employers you’re interested in.

But remember the 70:30 ratio? If only 30% of jobs are advertised, only dedicate a maximum of 30% of your job searching time to public postings. With the other 70% of your time focus on networking. That means making contact and developing relationships with people in roles directly related to what you’re looking for. As an introductory step, I recommend reaching out for advice on how you might find relevant opportunities.

LinkedIn is an incredibly valuable tool for this critical research and networking to find and create opportunities. So, if you’re not using LinkedIn to the full potential, now is the time to start.

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