“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” - Arthur Ashe
Getting a job is a job. It can and should be a full time activity.
It can be tempting to crack open a packet of chips and watch 3-4 episodes of Stranger Things while casually surfing Seek or LinkedIn. When you are at home surrounded by distractions it's challenging. Giving in to guilty pleasures and instant gratification is a victim-less crime. Especially when you are a few weeks in and you've had a few doors slam in you the face. Finding a job can be a real confidence killer. Smashing down a whole packet of Tim Tams might seem like a good idea at the time but I promise you there is a better way to make you feel better.
And it's called structure and routine. Here are some things you can do:
- Clock in at 9am and clock out at 5pm - That means between these hours you treat the job search as a job. You set yourself targets and objectives for the day
- You have a list of people and companies to get in contact with
- Your CV and cover letter are customised to the role. No cookie cutter applications
- All of your correspondence is personalised. This requires researching who the hiring manager / recruiter is
- Email your CV / cover letter direct to the hiring manager / recruiter. Your email is short, sharp and explains why you feel you are suitable.
- Follow up each submission with a call 24-48 hours later. This will give you a genuine reason for calling
- Aim for 3-4 applications a day. Don't take a shotgun approach. Sending your CV to every Tom, Dick and Harry is not only bad for your career prospects, it screams of laziness and lack of imagination
But what about those that seem to get a job without trying? It seems they send out one CV, apply for one job, attend one interview and bang, they start tomorrow. They make it look easy. Guess what! It comes down to preparation.
So what happens when I snag an interview I hear you say!
The answer is the same - Structure and Routine.
Let's get you organised and ready to rock n roll. Below is a link to a cheat sheet and interview checklist. This should have you in prime condition to nail that sucker right between the eyes.