What does your typical job search day look like?
Usually when I ask that question, the answer is, “Searching and applying for jobs online.”
We have all heard by now that networking is the number one way to land a job, but still, the siren call of the low-hanging fruit is too tempting to resist. Forming new habits is already a challenge for our brain, but what I have found keeps most people from moving into JoMo (Job Momentum) is that they do not have a clear picture of what a day looks like when you are truly in the job search groove.
Below is a sample schedule of a job seeker who most likely has multiple viable job opportunities in progress, or will very soon.
I guarantee that if you spend even three of five days a week executing this schedule, as long as you have an effectively branded résumé, LinkedIn profile, and call to action, within two weeks you will have opened the door to an opportunity that you could consider to be the next great step in your career.
As we have stated many times before, it is not about the QUANTITY of time as it is about the QUALITY of time.
Are you working full-time and wondering how your day would look if you were WINNING at job searching?
That is actually a very common question. Again, even if this is your day three days per week, with the right tools and conversations, you will soon find that you are building JoMo.
Most importantly, I want you to know that it is okay when life happens. This guide is meant to serve as a model and is not intended to make you feel guilty. As we shared last week, studies prove that the worse you feel, the worse you will perform and vice versa.
Do what you can. The point we really want you to take away is that it is not how much you do or how hard you work that makes the difference in your results, but what you do when you have the time to give to your job search. Job boards may seem easy, but they too often lead to a spiral of frustration and disappointment, time wasted on anti-user interfaces, and a lack of response that seems to mean that you are not wanted or valuable. Also, people seem to underestimate the number of viable opportunities that are available by depending too heavily on job boards to uncover opportunity.
You do not have to be the victim of a broken hiring system. You CAN make things happen, and when you do, you realize that your EPIC future is yours to design.
So, your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to try this schedule three days a week for two weeks. Report back to us with your results.
If nothing has happened for you, let us evaluate your résumé, LinkedIn profile, and campaign. We will help you diagnose what may be holding you back and propose a roadmap to get you back on track.