For a lot of people, searching for a job means updating your résumé and then submitting dozens of applications, day after day, hoping you’ll get a job.
If that sounds like you, you could be unnecessarily slowing down your job search.
A job search is the perfect time to connect with people in your field, learn or upgrade a skill, and reflect on what you really want to do professionally.
Here are 17 things you should be doing in addition to applying to jobs.
- Work on your portfolio
- Customize your résumé or cover letter
- Join an online group related to your career interests
- Take an online course
- Interact with companies and thought leaders on social media
- Post your thoughts and observations about something career-related to social media
- Reflect on your personal values, passions, skills, and experiences and figure out where and how you might be able to use them
- Audit your social media profiles and remove or make private any content you wouldn’t want a prospective employer to see
- Let friends, family, and colleagues know you’re looking for work
- Mentor and encourage other people in their careers or job searches
- Set up informational interviews with people who have the kind of job you want or work at a company you’re interested in
- Talk to a career coach or counsellor
- Practice your interview skills with a friend or an online question bank
- Send follow up emails to people you interviewed with to ask for an update on the hiring process
- Attend a job fair
- Attend a career development workshop or webinar
- Send thank you emails to people who interviewed you
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