4 Steps to Building a Successful Daily Job Search Routine
Looking to upgrade your job search routine? We’ve got you covered. Below are a list of 4 ways you can improve your current job search routine while hopefully securing your next great opportunity in the process.
1. Create a daily checklist
To ensure you are making the best use of your routine, create a simple checklist to tackle the day!
- Prepare a list of 10 – 15 jobs you would like to apply to in Excel along with their key skillset/qualifications for each role. Make sure you include a link to each job posting.
- Edit your resume to match the skills outlined in each job description. For example, if SEO is a top requirement, ensure this is showcased in your resume
- Update your cover letter to reflect an overview of your success and achievements.
- Research 3-5 networking groups and opportunities once you’ve joined a few great networking groups, stay active, and participate with other professionals in the industry. This can be on a daily or weekly basis.
- Reach out to at least 5 new LinkedIn connections whether a hiring manager for a potential employer or an industry expert
2. Set a Work Schedule
Similar to a standard 9 to 5 corporate job, you want to set a work schedule that aligns with the tasks and goals that you need to achieve each day.
For example, from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM you may be organizing the list of jobs you want to apply to, and from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM you are updating your resume. Whatever your routine, make sure that the to-dos on your checklist align with your availability and you stick to a routine that works for you!
3. Network and Job Search
As outlined in your daily check-list, networking is essential to not only building your professional network but also improving the job search and hiring process. Here are a few steps to securing your next role through networking:
- Look to see if any of your LinkedIn connections have shared relevant job postings in your field and reach out directly to see if they can pass your resume along to the hiring manager.
- Connect with one to two employees within the organization you are applying to. See if anyone in your field or the company’s human resource department has any advice on securing an interview.
- Apply to job opportunities that match your top skillset. Focus on keywords within the job description that match your resume and achievements. If you know you possess excellent skills in improving sales strategy but don’t know anything about building SAAS data tables, either learn the skill on your own time or seek another job opening that is a better match for your expertise.
Pro tip: If the skill is listed as a requirement then it is best to apply to the job posting only if you have that experience. However, if it is a recommended skill and not required, apply anyway. You could still be the next best candidate for the role!
4. Evaluate Your Mindset
It is essential to identify ways to improve your mindset while setting yourself up for success in the day. Ask yourself the following questions and log your responses accordingly:
- What was the main purpose for today?
- How am I feeling since the last round of job applications?
- What is holding me back from achieving my current goal?
- How can I take control of my own outcomes?
- What have I learned so far and how can I ensure success the next day?