Here’s How To Create A Job Search Plan That Actually Works



Jul. 2 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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A job search can often feel like a full-time job in itself, filled with stress and uncertainty in this dynamic job market. However, by implementing a few strategic hacks, you can simplify the process, making it more efficient and less overwhelming. 

According to a recent Deloitte analysis on a skills-based perspective to approach work and workers, “the path forward to navigate job hunting is to survive and remain viable in the marketplace, thrive and differentiate to gain a competitive advantage, and drive to lead the market by radically innovating and transforming.”

To gain direct insights on proven strategies for making your job search easier and less stressful, we spoke with a few human resources and career coaching professionals to get practical tips to help you navigate the job hunt with confidence and clarity:

1. Research company values.

According to Kate Gathard, HR Business Consultant and Director at Elysian Services Ltd., “Research companies’ values, especially inclusion and diversity in the industry/companies you’re looking to apply for a role within,” she suggests. “We advise people to remove their title and first name from their CVs to stop unconscious bias within the selection process. This strategic move ensures that your qualifications are given the attention they deserve, free from potential biases,” Gathard believes.

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2. Maximize your time at networking events.

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She also recommends leveraging networking events to expand your professional circle. “Attending industry events and networking can provide valuable opportunities to connect with potential employers and industry professionals,” Gathard advises. According to her, “building relationships in your industry can lead to insider knowledge about job openings and referrals.”

3. Strategically use your creative skills.

Jessica Brewer, Career Coach, HR Consultant, and Founder at Emiz HR & Coaching, encourages job seekers to “bring some creativity to your job search and play to your strengths.”

“If you enjoy meeting people and networking, get out there and meet people, go to industry events, and build your relationships in your industry,” she added. Additionally, for those who enjoy writing, Brewer suggests: “Perhaps write some thought leadership pieces on LinkedIn to build your employee brand and let prospective employers know who you are, what you know, and what you have to offer.”

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4. Practice balance between your search and enjoying life.

Brewer also advises setting clear boundaries around your job search activities. “It is important to set boundaries around your job search,” she says. “If you spend all day, every day, or all your free time focused just on applying for new roles, it is soul-destroying and energy-sapping, which can negatively impact your results.” For her, “setting time limits and focusing on quality over quantity can help maintain positivity and energy levels throughout the search process.”

5. Embrace Your Strengths.

“Seek out roles that align with your unique abilities,” said Jacqueline Ndong, a freelance career coach. “This self-awareness will bolster your confidence when presenting yourself,” Ndong added, further pointing out that “self-assurance and motivation can shine through in interviews when candidates are aligned with their strengths.”

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6. Rethink what you include on your resume and in your cover letter.

Ndong also recommends tailoring your resume and cover letter for each job application: “Customizing your application materials shows employers that you’ve taken the time to understand their needs and how you can contribute,” she believes. “Use keywords from the job description to align your skills and experiences with the employer’s requirements. This increases your chances of passing through applicant tracking systems and catching the employer’s attention.”

By incorporating these strategies into your job search, you can make the process more manageable, ultimately increasing your chances of success. Remember, it’s not just about finding a job; it’s about finding the right job for you!

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By: Luisana Rodríguez

As a psychology major and bilingual content writer, Luisana finds joy by researching about lifestyle and wellness topics as well as mental health related content. If she's not writing, she's probably planning brunch dates, cooking up some TikTok recipes, or looking for a new online course to take.

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