7 Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers


Finding a new job in today’s job market is a tough battle to fight. The bleak unemployment rate has left many job seekers feeling as if they’re in a rut. Companies in several industries are hiring, yet hiring managers often blame open positions within organizations on a lack of qualified applicants.

If you’re like many job seekers, it’s likely that during the lengthy process of looking for and finding a new job you didn’t receive a call back or an email regarding a position that you thought you’d be perfect for given your experience, skills, strengths, and career objectives.

Success is Habit Forming
Job seekers with the right experience who use the right tools and practices place themselves steps ahead of the competition. There are numerous ways to go about finding a new job, but yielding results is a different story. To be effective during the job search, job seekers should incorporate these seven habits into the routine.

1. They Set SMART Objectives
During the job search, success comes in the form of finding a new job or securing interviews consistently at the very least. Highly effective job seekers set job search objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-specific. They know exactly what they’re looking for and set deadlines for doing what it takes to find a new job.

2. They’re Active on Social Networks
Those who are devoted to finding a new job are likely familiar with the idea of the personal brand and more often than not, the candidate who gets the job is one who has a defined personal brand, searchable online presence, and great online reputation within the industry they have experience in. Consistent sharing of relevant content is a necessary undertaking that effective job seekers get right!

3. They Attend Industry Networking Events
There are networking events, mixers, and more that take place for industry professionals and those looking to find a new job that are held constantly in most cities. Not only do effective job seekers attend these events and use them to meet others in their career field, but they’re also vocal about the fact that they’re looking for employment and know that networking is a promising method of finding job leads.

4. They Stick to a Schedule
Whether unemployed or underemployed, highly effective job seekers know that organization can make finding a new job much less frantic. Regardless of whether they have a daily schedule that’s set in stone, they plan daily activities and devote as much time as is necessary to working down the list before crossing days off of the calendar.

5. They Follow Up on All Leads
It’s one thing to identify employment opportunities, and another to turn them into career prospects for yourself. When looking for a new job, the most effective job seekers follow each lead until the end and keeps lines of communication open, ensuring to send thank you notes, reply in a timely fashion, and make follow-up calls when necessary and appropriate.

6. They’re Persistent
In addition to following through, effective job seekers know that giving half of your effort half of the time won’t do you any good if you’re seriously looking for a new job. Instead, they’re patient and take their time when communicating with employers and don’t give up when delays occur. To be effective, you must know how long to wait for a now before throwing in the towel on an opportunity and know how to keep the momentum going in your job search.

7. They’re Open to the Possibilities
The final, very important habit that effective job seekers have is they don’t discount opportunities. They’re flexible and willing to try new and different things, work in industries they had not previously considered, and are open-minded when it comes finding a new job.

The job market may be tough, but making these habits and practices a part of your job search tactics may be exactly what’s needed to level the playing field.

What can you do to be a more effective job seeker? Which of these habits have you tried and do you agree with? Why?

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Tuesday, January, 29 2013
Topic: Habitudes: 21st Century Skills To Keep You Competitive
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