1. Be Clear and Focused
Smart job searchers are clear and focused about the job that they want. Read What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014 by Richard N. Bolles to explore what you really want to do in your next job.
2. Network, Network, and Then Network Some More
80% of all jobs are acquired via networking. If you are not networking…then you are not working. If you are a regular follower of the blog you know the value I place in networking. I have written a ton about networking, I recommend the following posts:
And to really master the art of networking read Never Eat Alone by my friend Keith Ferrazzi
3. Become A Thought Leader
Here is a theory that has proven true: Employers hire people because of their demonstrated expertise in solving problems. Here is another theory that has proven true: As a professional you have expertise in your field. Thought leadership is the practice of sharing your expertise with the world. Sharing will get you notice and getting notice will get you a job. An effective thought leadership campaign paired with networking and a consistent social media presence has become the formula for my most successful job search clients. I highly recommend the book Becoming THE Expert by John W. Hayes. While the book is written from the viewpoint of an entrepreneur, the smart job searcher can adopt many of the tactics for the job search.
4. Master LinkedIn
LinkedIn has changed the game for recruiting and networking. The smart job searcher embraces LinkedIn for the job search and beyond. As a LinkedIn Ninja I have blogged extensively about the tool. Here are some of my best blogs on the subject.
5. Find Resourceful Ways to Generate Cash
The economic insecurity of unemployment is a major driver of the choices we make in the job search. 3 Financial Tips for the Unemployed is a great post from Yahoo Finance providing useful guidance on how to handle your reduced resources. 5 Practical Ways to Make Money While Unemployed is a post I wrote last year highlighting some of the best ways to earn a few bucks while searching for a new job.
6. Work on the Thing Called You
An unexpected by product of being unemployed is the time that we have on our hands. Smart job searchers use this time to embark on a mission of personal improvement designed to strengthen themselves for the work ahead and beyond. In his post How to Turn Unemployment into an Opportunity Job search expert Jim Hu provides some great tips for what Steven Covey calls “Sharpening the Saw”.
Bonus Strategy: Keep The Faith While Finding Work
First, it’s important to understand that God has ordained work for mankind. Work is described in the Bible as beneficial in that it provides for our needs (Proverbs 14:23; Ecclesiastes 2:24, 3:13, 5:18-19) and gives us the resources to share with others in need (Ephesians 4:28). Paul reminded the believers in Thessalonica that anyone who was not willing to work should not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10) and that he himself worked at tent making so as not to be a burden on anyone (Acts 18:3; 2 Corinthians 11:9). So, loss of employment should not be an excuse for laziness, and all due diligence should be exercised to find other employment as quickly as possible (Proverbs 6:9-11).
Second it is important to understand that your unemployment is not a punishment from God. Hard times suffering are part of the human condition we all must endure them and while it may not seem logical suffering if we allow it will bring us closer to God.
The faith community is committed to helping the unemployed I urge you to explore resources available in your community. Readers of my post know of my passion for incorporating faith in all parts of our lives. God must be the leader in all we do so I am pleased to offer this post:
Get God in Charge of Your Job Search as a template for conducting a job search.
The Bottom Line: Talk a Gulp From Our Six Pack
In the grips of a Great Recession featuring a government shutdown and continuing corporate layoffs finding a job is more difficult than ever. While there is no magic bullet to finding a job, I am convinced that finding work is possible if you are willing to be flexible in a number of things including salary, job tile and location. The strategies presented in this post have proven to be very successful for a lot of people. I am looking forward to discovering how they have worked for you.