- This is the most important point. If you get this one right, the rest will just flow naturally. The hardest part is to find your dream job/role/industry. This is 50% of the work. You can now chanel your energy, time and efforts towards a productive direction.
- Looking for a job is a job in itself. You want to be systematic, and consistent. Use information management tools.
- Follow up with your contacts. Don’t take (the first) no(s) for an answer.
- Communicate. Don’t hide. Be visible. You’d be surprised at how many people would sympathise with you, and help you moving forward in your project, if you just trust them to share your dream. Genuine passion, hard work and dedication go a long way in compelling people to help you.
- Rely on your friends, real ones. If you haven’t any, make some. They can help opening doors, and offer your morale.
- Job search is a salesman task. Don’t beat yourself up when you fail. Failure is only temporary. You will get a lot of rejections and, while it’s important to get feedback in order to do better the next time, feedback is usually of limited help. You usually have no idea what went wrong. A rejection could come from anything. But it shouldn’t make you deviate from your plan.
- How you look is important. This is an aspect that is often underestimated by job searchers (“Finally, I’ll be unemployed for a while, I can let myself go”). Groom yourself, smile and be positive. Nobody likes to take care of a crying baby. Be and sound sharp.You might be unemployed, but it’s just temporary.
- Plant a lot of seeds. Then harvest.