5 Ways to Take Control of Your Job Search

Feel like your job search is out of control? A leading career coach offers five ways to regain control of your job search process.

take-control-of-your-job-searchFor a lot of job seekers, the job search process eventually devolves into chaos. Although you know that you need to get focused to achieve your employments goals, you can feel control of your job search slipping away with each passing day.

To help you get back on track, career and executive coach Rob Hellmann of the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), offers five tips designed to give you more control over the job search process.

  1. Position Yourself. Focus on how you can help your target audience. Drop the jargon that is only relevant to your current or last job and leverage the language that is relevant for each prospective employer.
  2. Be Proactive. Don’t wait for the right listing to appear or for the headhunter to call. Most people find jobs these days by proactively leveraging their network or contacting people who they don’t know. Don’t be afraid to reach out first!
  3. Communicate Clearly. Avoid obscuring your message through poor delivery. Get feedback from someone you trust about how you represent yourself in various communications channels – resumes, emails, phone calls, cover letters, and interviews.
  4. Maintain Focus. Trying to go for many different job targets at once can make your job search inefficient and unproductive. You want to be perceived as an “insider” in the industry or profession you are targeting – and to do that you need to focus and build your network within your target industry.
  5. Have Fun! Spend at least 35 hours per week on your job search if you’re unemployed and 15+ if you’re presently employed. However, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so it’s important to take periodic breaks from your job search for fun and leisure. If you’re not taking care of yourself, it will affect your interactions with potential employers. Spend at least a few hours each day doing something you enjoy.

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