Elyssa Duncan
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Posted April 30, 2020

How to make your job search more productive

It's hard to stand out in the job search and stay motivated. We put together 5 helpful tips to do both.
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Job hunting can be overwhelming, to say the least. It can be a frustratingly long and confusing process… and with the #Coronavirus pandemic reshaping the structure of our workforce, it can seem even more difficult.

However, staying organized can lead to a more efficient and productive #JobSearch. Here are some tips on how to do just that!

Determine Your Career Goals

You’re probably eager to dive right into the world of filling out job applications. However, determining your larger game plan is essential. Take a step back and look at the big picture. Your career journey should take off in the direction you want to head. Start by thinking about long-term goals - where do you want to be in 5 years? Then work backward and decide where you should begin, and how you will get there.

Create a List of Transferable Skills

Having a list of transferable skills, also known as soft skills, can help you focus and expand your job search. At first glance, you might think that you have little or no experience in your desired field - but you may be surprised! Transferable skills are skills that you possess that are valuable across various industries and roles. They make you a stronger candidate and help support your knowledge, even if you don’t have direct experience. Take 15 minutes or so to write up a list that includes all of your relevant soft skills!

Spruce Up Your Job Profiles

In a perfect world, you don’t want to accept any job that comes your way. You’ll want to find a role that provides stability, growth and happiness! This starts by having strong resources to back up your resume.

Job profiles sites like Jobcase are a great way to make connections and increase your visibility to hiring managers! Having an updated profile with your location, work experience and skills really helps the community assist in finding new opportunities for you. Employers are looking every day for new talent - so make sure you are on their list by keeping your profile updated and fresh!

Create a Schedule

Time blocking is a great way to help prevent “job search burnout.” Create a schedule that carves out chunks of time every day dedicated to finding a job. The time you allot is dependent on your availability and bandwidth, but even an hour or two a day is a great start. Stick to the schedule and commit to giving it your best effort during the determined times.

Keep Track of Your Applications

Applying for multiple roles all at once can leave you running around in circles! There’s nothing worse than getting a call from a recruiter and forgetting which role they are referring to, or forgetting to send a follow-up if you haven’t heard back. To avoid this one of the best ways to keep track of your applications is to create a spreadsheet. Keep it basic and include the necessary information such as:

  • Company name
  • Contact information
  • Date applied
  • Position applied to
  • Interview date
  • Date followed up

By keeping yourself organized and on track you will be more successful and focused in your search!


Good luck!

For more helpful information regarding your job search, be sure to follow our #application, #careerdiscovery and #resume topics!

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Yveline Achille

Awesome tips

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Shayna Resnick

Thanks !

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Frances Treadway

Appreciate your tips✌️

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