There is so much content out there about finding a new job so I know it can feel overwhelming at times. Chances are, you have good intuition about how to go about finding a new job…but maybe your approach could use some tweaks. Here I attempt to give a few more insights to help you take your action steps to the next level.
1. Apply to every single job you can find that you might remotely be a fit for.
Better approach: Apply with intent. You can make a list (in Excel for example) of many jobs but you should walk away from it and go have some fun or relaxation. Come back to it with the intent to apply for the jobs that REALLY interest you (maybe 5-10/week). Each application can take an estimated 30-60 minutes so don’t apply unless you are truly interested. If you need an Excel template to get you started, hit me up firstname.lastname@example.org. I have one that I’m happy to share.
Get out to events and talk to people (I know! Not everyone’s favorite thing to do). Unfortunately, sitting behind your computer can only get you so far so be sure to attend events with speakers that interest you, find a class by a local maker or networking guru (shout out to Dabble & Saya Hillman of Mac & Cheese Productions) or even check out meetup.com for ideas. Trust me, this will aid your job search and have more impact than solely applying online.
2. Utilize LinkedIn and Indeed to find positions.
Better approach: Utilize LinkedIn to find jobs but once you find one you like, click through it’s title until you get to a landing page that has “People also viewed” jobs on the right hand side and “Similar jobs” underneath it. This easily gives you similar positions that you can explore to “put your eggs in more baskets” so to speak. Also, LinkedIn tells you if you have any alumni working there from your school. Should you reach out to them? YES. See point 3.
Better approach: Utilize Indeed to see what companies are hiring and get job title ideas that can affect your search and key word terms you are using. Make sure to upload your resume there and make notes about types of positions you are looking for.
3. Reach out to alumni from your university to ask for a referral.
Better approach: Definitely personalize your note to them to let them know why you are reaching out. Many companies have employee referral programs so fingers crossed, this person who shares your alma mater may be willing to help you out. However, keep in mind that people are super busy with work and life so make it easy for them. Be sure to include the link to the posting/job title and share with them why you are a good fit. The easier you make it for them, the better. Try to avoid a lot of back and forth or vague questions. If you ever need help with this on HOW to reach out, please feel free to ask!