Can you think about these 8 simple questions while job hunting? 

1. Have you reached to your 50 warmest colleagues to update them on what you're currently doing ?
Otherwise, send a message to your 50 closest friends, family, old clients and ex-colleagues to update them. Usually do not contact them merely to send a "with your resume" asking for job leads, simply update them so they know your circumstances.
2. If i glanced your Linked-In profile, would I know you're searching for job opportunities? Would I understand what you're trying to do?
3. Do you think you're posting some sort of update on Linked-In at least one time per week? (i.e. so you are subtly on people's radar.)
If not, get into the habit of posting something worthwhile once weekly. Post status updates which would be valuable to your network, answer a question inside the answers section to demonstrate your expertise or add a valuable comment in the discussion within one of several groups you're part of.
4. Do you think you're ‘out and about’ at least one time per week meeting people one on one?
Otherwise, schedule time in the next week in order to meet with ex-colleagues, clients and friends over coffee - lunch - drinks in order to catch up.
You'll stick to people's radar for potential opportunities, often receive some useful advice, laugh and usually feel much better about yourself than you would sitting in the home looking through job sites the whole day.
5. Can you get in touch with at least two of your fellow people looking for work once per week to share ideas and help one another?
6. Have you got a spreadsheet to track every single lead, contact or job you're pursued?
Otherwise, create a simple spreadsheet to help to follow progress and be sure you don't fail to follow up on a possible opportunity.
7. Would you religiously and systematically follow up almost every contact, lead or loose conversation about an opportunity within 24 hours? (2 days at the very latest)
If not, how could you get more organised and disciplined in your follow-up?
8. Would you have permission to experience a bad day or possibly a bad week?


About me: Marie J. Duprey writes for the human resources career progression blog. Her mission would be to offer free info to help individuals take control of the job search, build confidence and advance their careers by connecting people looking for work with all the best minds in career counseling, resume writing, personal branding and recruiting.


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