It isn’t hard to figure out when you need to move on. And the feeling builds if you don’t do something about it. So how do you fit job search in when you are working, attending classes, AND caring for home and family?
One must make the time. Decide what part of your day will work best for you. Where could you squeeze in an hour or so to spend some time on job seeking activities?
Prep: An effective job search requires three main documents. You need a cover letter, a resume, and a page with your references typed on it. All three can have your resume heading on top (including all your contact information).
First: If you are a Wisconsin Technical College student, make sure you have registered on Wisconsin TechConnect. Other than that one website, (where employers go looking for our graduates), don’t waste time looking through jobs within on-line job boards. Start your job search by making a list of the companies you would like to work for. Go to those company websites and save alerts that let you know when a new job is posted. Now you can quickly check on any alerts you receive each day. Be sure to check your voice mail and email daily when you are in job search mode!
Second: Think about who you know that works at the companies on your list. Connect with these people, sharing information and building a mutually beneficial relationship, which is what networking is all about. Offer your help to the people you know. Introduce them to someone you recently met or share an article with them that you know they will be interested in.
Third: Social Media can help you do your networking. Connect with those you know through social media. If you do not have a LinkedIn profile yet, time to create one.
Make time for your job search. If you can’t find time daily, find time on certain days of the week. Plan it out and stick to it.
Source: 6 Ways to Get Your Job Search on Track, by Hannah Morgan, 11/16/16.