Last Updated Mar 11, 2009 12:31 PM EDT
In other words, how can you make the job hunt itself more productive?
Sure, you could list yourself on job boards or spam out your resume. But there are better ways.
- Apply for three positions that are dream jobs -- basically, ones that you feel are out of your league but would love to take on.
- Apply for three positions that you'd be happy to have and could qualify for. They might not be as amazing as those in the first category, but would be perfectly acceptable and respectable.
- Apply for three random, out-of-left-field jobs, either in your career track or not. These would be opportunities you stumble across and think, "Hey, this might be fun." (Firefighter? Fundraiser? Who knows?)
- Then, apply to each one, and wait a set amount of time depending on the situation -- 24 hours, a week, whatever. But the key is to not apply for any other jobs until your waiting period is up.
- The three categories give structure to your job search with a set of purposes and goals. Plus, the categories are balanced to allow for taking a chance, playing it safe, and random luck. And don't discount that third approach -- plenty of great jobs have been had thanks to serendipity.
- Forcing yourself to wait a given amount of time allows you to think about each job and really suss out potentials and strategies. You may find yourself doing more research on each company and position during the wait, which will in turn make you better prepared if and when interviewers come calling.
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