5 Steps to Improve Your Job Search Success

Professionals are living in interesting times because there are so many tools and resources at their disposal to secure the job of their dreams. They have the ability to optimize their profiles on the various social media platforms, so that recruiters and hiring managers can find them. They have many online connections who can give them access to the hidden job market. Even if the job they are looking for is in a specialized area, they are still able to sign-up with boutique staffing firms. It’s wonderful to have access to the many tools and resources, but the downside to this, is the temptation to relinquish control of your job search, thinking that others will find your dream job for you.


  1. Leverage social media. To improve your job search success, the trick is to use every tool that you have at your disposal. This means that you upload your resume to job boards; respond to job ads; sign up with multiple recruiters and staffing firms; network online and offline, let your contacts know that you are looking for new employment opportunities; optimize your LinkedIn and other social media profiles; participate in Twitter chats for job seekers; target companies that you want to work for, even if there are no advertised vacancies; and conduct informational interviews. It’s your responsibility to develop a job search strategy that incorporates many ways to find a new job.
  2. Manage your time. It’s often been said that looking for a job is a full-time job, but the reality is that there are three steps to finding a new job, and once you know and understand what those steps are, then it is a matter of managing your time during the job search process. To learn more about the three steps - Prepare and Research, Refine Your Action Plan & Increase Networking Opportunities and Launch Your Job Search & Track Progress – read the blog post “Is Looking for a Job a Full-Time Job?” Another aspect of managing your time during the job search process, is to create a weekly marketing campaign to manage the process. The post “Create a Weekly Job Search Marketing Campaign Plan to Find a Job in Record Time” explains what it entails to create such a campaign.
  3. Build a personal website. To have a competitive advantage over your peers, personal branding can help you. And one way to develop your personal brand is to have a personal website where you can showcase your thought leadership and your portfolio. The post, “Are You Looking for a Job – Do you Need a Personal Website?” will get you started.
  4. Find jobs that are not advertised. Most people find new jobs through networking, which speaks volumes. It means that most jobs are not advertised, so if you are looking for a job, how do you get access to these hidden jobs? You can learn so by reading “Hidden Job Market: How to Find a Job in Any Economy.” The most effective way to find a new job is by talking to people to learn about opportunities, and “Networking Fundamentals to Get a New Job” can offer you some tips.
  5. The job search process. To have a successful job search you have to prepare for it. Additionally, you have to understand the three questions that prospective employers want answered: CAN you do the job, WILL you do the job, and Do you FIT? All the interview questions are structure to get answers to those three questions. Learn how to prepare for job search success by reading “Preparing for Job Search Success: Research, Strategize & Leverage Contacts?”

When you are using many techniques to find a job, you cannot help but improve job search success, shortening the job search time. When it comes to managing your career, always be proactive, never relinquishing control to anyone. This doesn’t mean that you cannot solicit assistance from others, but what it means is that you manage your job search process, be intentional about it, and decide how much time you will allocate to each job search technique.