JOB SEARCH / MAR. 07, 2016
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The 7-Day Plan to Landing Your Next Job

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Can you get a job in a week? Of course you can. While the average job search lasts about three to nine months, no rule says you can’t get a job in just seven days. I mean yeah, it sounds difficult – and very demanding – but there is no reason you shouldn’t try it.

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Day 1: Do Your Research

The first step you need to take – possibly on a Monday, it is to start gathering information. So let’s say you don’t know where to start and you need to learn how to approach employers. Provided that you know what you are looking for in a job, you begin searching for employers that are more likely to be able to meet your job requirements and can give you exactly what you need e.g. salary, work environment, work-life balance. Start your research by finding more about what each company does and what it has to offer and write their names on a list.

Day 2: Work on Your Resume

Once you figure out who you want to work for, you need to start working on your resume. You should try and make your resume as relevant as possible to the job adverts from employers you have listed down as your options. Customising your resume isn’t too hard, but you need to make sure you are paying attention to keywords, and adjusting your career summary to better suit the description of the position.

Day 3: Apply for Jobs

After you have made the final touches to your resume and have crafted your accompanying cover letter, you can start applying for jobs. The best place to start is online job boards as they can bring you closer to thousands of positions that are available in your country and abroad. But that depends on where you look. You can search and apply for jobs using this list of the best job search sites for 2016.

Day 4: Check Your Online Presence

Your resume that provides links to your online portfolio is out, and your next step to getting a job is to get rid of anything that makes you look like you don’t deserve one. Obviously, what I am talking about here is social media. Since employers will search for you on Google and will come across your Facebook and Twitter profiles, you will need to remove evidence of any inappropriate content from the sites including selfies, drunk photos, or anything that could make you look bad.

Day 5: Reach Out to People

Skills are not the best way to get a job; it is the people you know. This means that the bigger your professional circle is, the more job opportunities you will come across. It is important to make an effort to connect with past colleagues either from university or previous jobs and let them know that you are looking for a job. Also, find out if there are any upcoming events in your area and grab the opportunity for some purposeful networking with key professionals in your industry.

Day 6: Recharge Your Batteries

Searching for a job can be exhausting. Unless you take some time off from the constant searching-applying and networking, you will find it difficult to come up with real results. To be effective in your job search, you need to be in a good condition – mostly mentally. So on the 6th day of your job search, allow yourself to relax and think about something else for a change.

Day 7: Set Your Goals

The last day of your job search plan should be spent on setting your goals for next week. With or without a job offer, you will need to decide what your next move is going to be, and continue working on getting yourself out there and networking your way to your next job.

As you can see, searching for a job can be made easy if you stick to a plan. The only thing that could interfere with the time schedule is employers, who take a long time getting to your application and making a decision.

After reading this, how will you structure your own 7-day job search plan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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