The Right Mix of Job-Hunting Tactics

Recruiting expert Dave Willmer knows that job hunting is tough. He also knows you have all kinds of tools at your disposal to look for that next position. So what’s the right strategy? In Computerworld, he says you should try several things simultaneously.

Job Hunting TacticsTry to establish a mix of tools – specialized and general, large and small, local and national, online and off. Keep in mind that in general, the smaller and more specialized the source, the less time you’re likely to spend sifting through irrelevant leads. The same applies to geographic focus: The want ads in a local business publication may feel passé, but their intense local focus may make them worth a look.

The local want ads? That’s not the kind of advice online job hunters are used to hearing, but it makes sense. Willmer also advises that you leave a trail of bread crumbs as you search.

A multifaceted job search can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t keep track of your efforts. Take a few minutes out of each day to update a document or spreadsheet in which you briefly note the source of any new potential opportunity, the action taken and any planned next steps. Doing so might feel unnecessary, but it will help you identify redundant efforts and dead ends. It can also provide a sense of accomplishment on days when you don’t receive encouraging responses from network contacts or potential employers.

That’s an excellent bit of advice, one that many job seekers forget about, only to end up with scratch pads full of notes and phone numbers and a lack of focus on what to do tomorrow and the next day. Organizational skills always matter, whether you’re on the job or looking for one.

Don Willmott

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3 Responses to “The Right Mix of Job-Hunting Tactics”

November 03, 2009 at 7:13 am, Stephen Kleimeyer said:

I’m only posting this comment because the math question caught my attention 🙂

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November 03, 2009 at 10:49 am, Bobby Reed said:

This is a great idea and good strategy to be able to track and monitor ones job seeking efforts. This will allow you to look back at the amount of effort expended to find, identify and land a position. This type of historical data is critical in today’s job market.

This can be another way and a tool for sending the information to friends and colleagues that are looking as well.

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November 04, 2009 at 9:37 am, Paul Kreitl said:

This is a wonderful idea. I try to stay organized using nested e-mail folders, nested document folders, and a spreadsheet of application status. I keep copies of everything on a flash drive and an online storage site. So far my spreadsheet has 257 rows. Some of those are for multiple rejections to the same application! I tell you it’s depressing to have MORE rejections than applications. 🙂

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