- Treat your job search like a job. Employers say the way you look for a job is a strong indication of how you will work.
- Know the skills you want to use or motivated skills and find work where you can develop those skills.
- Update your resume with your highest level of skills relevant to the job you seek at the top of your resume.
- Write out examples of your accomplishments (a sentence or two) with results so you will be ready for interviews.
- Practice interviewing with informal interviews and practice sessions.
- Get to know the companies you are interested in––visit their website and learn their values and vision (also make sure you know yours).
- Look up companies on Linkedin and find out who works there. Connect with someone from the company if possible. Learn what their needs are, then show how you can fill them. Make sure your profile is up-to-date before you contact anyone.
- Hit the pavement. Go to businesses of interest that you can walk into and talk to them about the company, tell them what you like about their business, talk to a manager if you can, and leave your resume.
- Volunteer temporarily or during hours you don’t expect to be working to meet people in the industry. Seek out volunteer or temporary work if needed.
- Talk to employers at job fairs and employment events to see what they are looking for, tell them what you can do for them, and leave your resume.
- Connect with people you know, talk to them about work you love to do, and how you are looking for opportunities to use your strengths and skills.
- Expand your circle of influence by meeting new people at events, association meetings, and social media.
- Use job sites like Indeed, Simplyhired, and Monster, to see what jobs are being advertised. Don’t give your address or personal information on job sites.
- Build your confidence and improve your communication skills while practicing these strategies.
Fire up your resume, look for different ways to create opportunities, practice interviewing, and talk to a career professional if you are not getting results.
Nancy J. Miller, M.S.
LifeWork Creativity Coach
Creative LifeWork Design
Inspiring Creativity and Prosperity