5 Steps To A Successful Job Search

5 Steps To A Successful Job Search

Hard work does not guarantee success in your job search, but a lack of hard work will guarantee failure. A job search can be most frustrating when you are not getting the results you had anticipated. The following five Techniques work in today’s competitive job market.

TECHNIQUE ONE – Select the best targets

  • Conduct research
  • Reach out to your professional and personal networks
  • Identify where you have the best chance of success

TECHNIQUE TWO – Identify the right person

  • Contact at least two levels above the position you are targeting
  • Research the correct names, titles and their LinkedIn Profile

TECHNIQUE THREE – Set minimum daily result standards

  • Your full-time job is your job search
  • Spend no more than 10% on job boards or website postings
  • Submit resumes, make calls and identify new targets daily
  • Add to your network daily
  • Identify the 20% that is providing you with 80% of your results
  • Stop doing things that are a waste of your time

TECHNIQUE FOUR – Customize your resume and cover letters

  • The key to schedule interviews are effective keywords
  • Refrain from mass mailing your resume
  • Follow-up every email with a mailed hard copy of your resume
  • Limit your resume to two pages
  • Ensure your resume and LinkedIn Profile match

TECHNIQUE FIVE – Master your interviewing skills

  • Practice interviewing
  • Ask questions that reveal the priorities of everyone in the interview process
  • Master the ability to overcome objections
  • Set up your follow-up contact with each conversation
  • Follow-up stronger than your competition

Implement these techniques and you will enjoy a greater level of success in your job search.


Rick ChristensenRick Christensen: Director, Career Transition Practice

Rick has been a career consultant for over 20 years, serving a very broad-based and diverse clientele. His specialties include effective group facilitation, one-on-one coaching and consultation at all levels including senior executives.
Rick’s passion is coaching individuals through career transitions, developing career management strategies and in identifying and sharpening competencies to open doors to new opportunities. His efforts have assisted thousands of individuals achieve their full potential.

Travis Jones - CEO of Career Development Partners

Written By Rick Christensen

Rick has been a career consultant for over 20 years, serving a very broad-based and diverse clientele. His specialties include effective group facilitation, one-on-one coaching and consultation at all levels including senior executives.

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