SPEEDING UP YOUR JOB SEARCH
The average job search takes at least four months
depending on many factors including the type and level of job you are
seeking. It is difficult to stay motivated during a job search, and it
always takes longer than you think to find that new position. Robin Raybuck,
President of Robin Raybuck & Associates, a local outplacement/career
management firm, offers these pointers for speeding up your job search:
Change your job search tactics. Don’t keep sending out
letters to strangers and responding to ads if it isn’t working. Read
Richard Bolles’ proverbial book, What Color is Your Parachute? Learn
how to network effectively along with your other search techniques.
Meet with everyone you know. The more contacts you
make and the more face-to-face meetings you have, the quicker you will land
a job. It is a numbers game.
Persistence is the name of the game. What is your plan
to follow up with the employers you have contacted and the places you have
interviewed? You should have a solid follow up plan every week.
Apply as many places as possible. Broaden your
prospects and be open to new ways your skills can transfer. Many kinds of
jobs involve using the same skill sets.
Attend a job search support group. Several churches
and government organizations offer job search support groups with featured
job search topics. Network and gain support (and job leads) from other job
Raybuck emphasizes that you should never abandon hope
and keep at it!