Great for some, but for those seeking work, the job search goes on. Sometimes it just seems like an endless cycle—trawling through the job advertisements, tweaking the resume or getting me to do it for you, writing the cover letter, clicking the on the Submit button. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
So let’s use this weekend to do something different. Here are some job search tips for this weekend.
First, keep that review of advertisements going, but this time, you’re going to set a time limit of 60 minutes. 60 minutes to find something suitable, leave a voice message with the recruiting firm, tweak your resume and cover letter, write the email and save it in the drafts folder until after your call with the recruiter on Monday morning when you can tweak it quickly and send it.
Next: now the drudgery is out of the way, you’re going to do something different this weekend that you don’t usually do. Below I’ll be listing some tasks. I want you to do one of these on Saturday for one hour and one of these on Sunday for one hour.
That totals three hours (with your drudgery work) that you will devote to the job search this weekend. It is not overwhelming and you will still have plenty of time to attend to your shopping, supermarketing, social life, reading, gardening, exercise or whatever else gives you pleasure.
Choose one of these on Saturday and one for Sunday. LinkedIn:
- Search for people you know and add them as a connection. Let’s try for twenty new people. Write a quick note to five of them to say hello and ask them how they’re going.
- Look through your LinkedIn connections and find someone you like and who, if you were employed, you’d like to work with again. Write a recommendation for them. Just out of the blue, because you’re a nice person. I wonder if they’ll reciprocate? Sometimes people do and recruiters put a lot of weight on public recommendations.
- Find some companies that you’d like to work for. Let’s say, 10. Follow these companies. Read up on what they do. Google them too. See if they’re in the news. Remember that information or note it down. You may need it to show your knowledge at interview for either that company, or an allied company to show you know your competitors.
- Review the “people who have viewed your profile”. See who they are. Friends of yours? If yes, connect.
- Review the “people have also viewed” section. If people are looking at your profile and looking at these others for comparison, it is worth a visit to their profile and see what they have listed that makes people compare them with you. Do they have a skill listed that you forgot you also possess? Add that skill to your skills section.
- Respond to any inMails that people have sent you. Don’t leave people waiting.
- Update your status with a positive comment, a thought about your industry, or a link to an interesting article you’ve found.
That’s all for this weekend. Choose one assignment Saturday, one assignment Sunday and perform it without distraction to the best of your ability.
Let’s see what comes from this during the days ahead.