Ok, I am officially in love with Jason Alba...well, his advice. I preach the same lesson weekly, soon to be 2 times a week, in Job Search Management. A job seeker has to spend close to 40 hours a week actively seeking work. This is Jason's post from his Jibber Jobber blog
Here is how he recommended spending those hours...
- Lunches and/or breakfasts and/or “coffees” every single day. (10 hours a week)
- Network meetings - weekly there were 3 or 4 for professionals in transition, and others for working professionals that I could have gone to. (10 hours a week)
- Computer time - crafting cover letters and tweaking resumes for different job postings, checking emails, responding to emails, etc. (5 hours a week)
- LinkedIn Strategy - searching for contacts and target companies, reaching out to them on or outside of LinkedIn (5 hours a week)
- Calling people, and networking my way into target companies - This is time consuming, and takes guts to pick up the phone (even if it’s to contacts you know) - but more effective than combing the job boards all day. (10 hours a week)
- Learning. Make sure what you are doing is principle-based - my job search wasn’t, and that’s why I was spinning wheels. Read the Career Hub and blogs from real coaches and resume writers who are in the thick of it with their clients. (5 hours a week)
Here is why:
The majority of jobs are filled before they reach the public. If you are relying on job postings that means you are only responding to some of the available jobs. No wonder you aren't seeing any good jobs online.
In a classic breakdown of how people land jobs:
10-15% got their job solely based on a job posting online or in print.
10-15% got their job based on connecting with a recruiter
10-15% got their job based on direct company contact (co. website or career fair)
60+% got their job based on a networking contact
This percentage break down is how you should divide your 40+ hour week.
Cut back on the time you spend applying for jobs on-line. Apply for lots but don't obsess.
Connect regularly with recruiters
Create a target list of potential employers so you can keep them on your radar
Network your tail off
Having a plan and following it will allow you to manage all these activities.