Tips for a productive job hunt

Job hunting is a challenging process because it takes dedication, focus, and the ability to face rejection. If you don't job hunt correctly, you'll end up feeling burnt out and unmotivated. Many candidates give up after their first rejection. When faced with a competitive job market, some people lower their expectations or experience severe anxiety and imposter syndrome.

Let's dissect our secret job-hunting tips in this blog post. Yes, there are secrets!

Save time by applying to positions you really want

When pressured by time and external factors, you might feel rushed to apply for a role that doesn't suit you. Managing your own expectations is the first step to a successful job search. It is not only that you will waste time and energy applying for jobs left and right, but you will also deal with more rejections than necessary and possibly be hired in a job you will not enjoy. Make a list of roles you really want to apply for and roles that are realistically matching your expectations and skills. We recommend using a recruiter that will give you professional market advice and guide you in the right direction.

Connect with your network

There is no telling who might have an opportunity for you out there! Keep the number of that recruiter you really like, utilize LinkedIn to connect with professionals who can help you, look in the right places and you shall find a fresh perspective. It can be daunting to take the first step, to call a company you admire, to email someone you haven't spoken to in a while, but what is the worst that can happen? Most companies don't publish their job openings on sites like Indeed or CVLibrary, so you will only be able to find these positions by getting in touch with the right people.

Get noticed

When it comes to individuals who are actively seeking new positions, competition is fierce. Make yourself known to a certain company if you admire it. Keep professional, but use a friendly approach. Put on your detective hat and do some research. Which companies are hiring? Did your friend mention a particular recruitment agency? How can you make your resume stand out? Highlight your unique selling points and use keywords in your CV and cover letter.

Make sure your resume and cover letter are tailored

You might be surprised at how many people use the same CV template and cover letter, or how many people apply for a job with a cover letter that is dedicated to the last job they applied for. Keep your focus! There are hundreds of cover letters that recruiters may see, and a hiring manager will not be impressed if the candidate didn't put any effort into the application. Remove any unnecessary information from your resume and read the job description several times. A cover letter should include: a standout opening, relevant skills and qualifications, and a strong finish with a call-to-action -- all within one page and unique to each application

Stay positive and present

Maintain a separate life from your job search. Establish a schedule and stick to it since job hunting is another full-time job. There is a strong link between unemployment and depression, according to research and statistics. Don't give up if your job search becomes too overwhelming, and remember that each rejection will lead you closer to your dream job.

It can be nerve-wracking for some people to set a certain deadline for their job search, but it can be motivational for others. It is the same way you need to strike a balance between your job and your personal life, likewise, you need to strike a balance between your job search and your daily activities.

Always follow-up

If you are dealing with an unprofessional recruiter and you are experiencing ghosting, don't hesitate to contact them yourself. Follow up after each application in a timely manner, for example, two weeks after each application and one week after each interview. Depending on the company, the hiring process differs, but it shows interest if you follow up with a polite email. 

Conclusion

Despite the fact that no one likes job hunting, we can certainly manage our strategies to make it more bearable.