1. Make a plan.
Organize your job search and avoid wasting time by coming up with a plan that outlines goals you want to achieve in your job search and when they need to be completed. Stay focused by including specific goals such as ‘apply to 5 jobs this week’, or ‘make 10 cold calls a day.
2. Get on social media.
Not only is social media a great time saver, it’s also amazing at helping to find networking connections. Following companies on Facebook or Twitter gives you up-to-date information and job postings all in one place and sites like LinkedIn can provide potential contacts at those companies.
3. Don’t be a lazy networker.
The New Year is a great time to start reconnecting with all your contacts. Just asking someone about their holidays is an easy way to start a conversation. Make a schedule to send out messages to your contacts and keep up with it throughout the year. If you need some help brushing up on your networking skills try connecting with a local networking group.
4. Try a change of scenery.
Job searching can get really monotonous. Sometimes, all it takes to keep things fresh and stay productive is a change in location. Cafés, libraries and employment centres are great places to work on your job search without being too distracting.
5. Learn a new skill.
Research the skills that are valuable in your field and spend time learning them. This could mean taking a class somewhere or finding an online course on a website like edx.org or Coursera. Not only will you benefit from taking a break from job searching, you’ll be adding valuable skills to your résumé.
Be persistent! Follow your plan to keep your job search productive and on track.
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