Three Terrific Job-Search Tactics

  • Article by: KEVIN DONLIN , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: June 10, 2011 - 10:23 AM

The following three job search tips have one thing in common. Can you guess what?

The following three job search tips have one thing in common.

Can you guess what?

First read, then guess …

1) Time Management

"Time isn't money. Time is everything." - Dr. Bernie Siegel

We each get 24 hours in a day. How you use this precious resource largely determines your success in finding a job ... and everything else you do.

If you're unhappy with how you manage your time, why not try a different approach and manage your energy instead?

Let me explain.

While we all get an equal amount of hours in a day, not all hours have equal value. Some of us are morning people and perform at our peak before noon. Others are afternoon or evening people, and have more energy at those times of day.

Why not take advantage of your natural tendencies and schedule your important tasks for when you'll have the most energy? This is like riding a horse in the direction it wants to go.

If you don't know when your hours of peak performance are, find out. Carry a small notebook or voice recorder (a smart phone has both) and record those times when you feel energized, as well as times when you feel sluggish.

Then, schedule next week's job search activities during your peak-performance times. You will likely find that when you manage your energy effectively, the hours will take care of themselves -- you'll get more done and find work faster as a result.


2) Tweet and Blog Faster

You already know about blogs and social networking tools like Twitter. And you may know that they can help you get the attention of people who can hire you.

A blog is a great way to share your expertise with the world. Free sites like www.blogger.com can get you started in an afternoon. The more you write, the more likely you are to be found by hiring managers seeking top talent.

Twitter (www.Twitter.com) is simply a micro-blog, where you're limited to 140 characters per posting. It's a good way to learn about potential employers and get on their radar by "following" their postings, called tweets.

What do blogs and Twitter have in common? They both require you to write -- intelligently and regularly. Which is not always easy.

Solution? Stop writing from scratch and start reusing your writing.

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