5 Ways to Pump Up the Volume on Your Job Search

These days searching for a job is all about creativity. Here are 5 tips on how to do take your job search from basic to fantastic…

These days searching for a job is all about creativity.  Sure, you can stick to the same old routine of apply and respond, apply and respond, but don’t expect meteoric results with such minimal effort.

In today’s speedy world, you need to think outside the box to make yourself stand out.

Here are 5 tips on how to do take your job search from basic to fantastic…

  1. Become a Master Marketer of Yourself

But wait, I’m not a marketer, I’m a…  You don’t have to be a marketing professional to develop marketing skills that help you advertise your fabulous self.  Think about what sets up apart from all the other … out there and how can you build on that.  Start thinking outside the box on how to share these exceptional skills of yours with potential hiring managers.  Some people turn to blogging, some create a video resume.  Its all about your style and what you want the hiring person to see in you.

  1. Use Email Communication & Etiquette to Develop Relationships

When you meet someone, don’t wait on them to contact you.  Email them first.  Start by saying how great it was to meet them, bring up something you might have in common and specifically state an action on how you can stay in touch.  Simply saying “let’s stay in touch” never works.  Instead, ask them to coffee or share an upcoming event you are attending and ask them to join you.  Again, get creative.

  1. Psych Yourself ‘In’ at Networking Events

Do more than just attend a networking event, work the room.  Lots of people go but fail to take advantage of the potential connecting that could happen at the event.  Abandon the old “What do you do?” question, think creatively about how to spark conversations and show interest in what they do.  When possible, use word association when you say your name too.

When someone asks you what you do, throw out your tired elevator pitch and try something new.  Prepare a 2-3 sentence introduction that is fresh and comes natural to you.  Giving the same old rapid-fire response won’t work, so try coming up with a few ways to say the same thing.

  1. Think Mobile Networking

Not mobile like moving around, but mobile like that phone you can’t seem to put down.  There are numerous apps out there that help you create new ways of connecting with other professionals, developing your resume, research companies and find open jobs.

Take some time to play around with the many, many apps out there that could help you with whatever you are looking for to take your search to the next level.

  1. Minimize Your Stress Levels

Finally, if you find your getting so frustrated its becoming unproductive, take a mental health day to refresh yourself.  Looking for a job can be one of the most stressful life changes next to having a child or planning a wedding.  If you find that your reaching a breaking point, do yourself a favor and take a day to recharge your batteries.  Often, it’s during this day or relaxation that you find your brain organically creates new ideas on avenues to explore and ways to go about tackling the challenge.  In the moment it may feel like you can’t afford to take a day off, but if you’re to the point of sabotaging your own efforts, do yourself the favor.  When you come back, try breaking your next actions into small steps that are more manageable.