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The 3 Keys to a Successful Job Search Strategy: Do the Work


If you knew how to leverage recruiting trends and technology deployed by employers for your job search benefit, would you do the work? Great news, thinking through your approach ahead of time will enable you to generate a less stressful and more efficient strategy for job search! Harness this opportunity and actively remove potential barriers to advancing in the job application process.

Life gets busy, but you need to hold yourself accountable, schedule time on your calendar to do the work. If you struggle at any point of your brainstorm, consider consulting a mentor or trusted contact to talk through any difficulties. If your brainstorm is taking longer than anticipated, step away. Don’t torture yourself, you may simply need more time to think this through. Remember, the time you spend now thoughtfully curating your job search strategy will save you time later and fuel a stronger search.

Define Your Mindset: how your attitude factors into your success

Strategically speaking, defining your present mindset and considering self-improvements is important work. Various studies, analysis and insights around this topic confirm positive and/or growth mindsets strong predictors of future employee success. While I encourage you to learn more about defined mindsets on your own, the basic concept here is that professionals with a positive mindset assume they have the ability to learn, grow and improve. Through their positive lens they see opportunities versus limitations and as a result typically earn successful outcomes. Many professionals with a negative mindset assume they are unable to learn, grow and improve. Unfortunately, this mindset results in the candidate seeing only barriers to success and as a result may experience stalled career development and growth.

Pro-tip: Defining your mindset is important to achieving your job search goals for one specific reason, employers actively source talent possessing mindsets predicting future employee success. Employers want to make good hires. It’s your job to understand recruiting trends and capitalize on opportunities to impress!

Self-Knowledge: strategically position your strengths + weaknesses

Clarifying your strengths and weaknesses can feel like a superficial or routine exercise. With a positive mindset you might see the opportunity to strategically and confidently position your strengths and weaknesses so any employer you meet knows you are the best fit for the job. Get motivated to demonstrate your self-knowledge to authentically.

Research: compare jobs + employers

Would you buy a car without doing researching, get insight to vehicle performance compared to similar products on the market, understanding how to effectively negotiate a deal of interest, and ideally select a dealer with great customer service reviews? No! Do the research on the company and the role. Apply this same framework to assess job functions and the types of employers you are most interested in working with day in and day out.

Pro-Tip: Keep in mind, EVERY job is not for EVERYONE. Landing an opportunity that will set you up for success is not a one size fits all situation, so don’t waste time on opportunities that aren’t your size!

To get more strategies and direction for landing the best job for you, think about signing up for the free version of the MentorWorks Talent Accelerator Platform (TAP). The six (6) lesson career-enhancement framework is specifically built with job-seekers of all levels in mind. Whether you are a student right out of college, or a seasoned professional looking to make a career change, the TAP platform was made to jump-start your career development and job search.