If you’re job hunting, you might have your own rhythm that looks something like this: Refresh Idealist. Search. Apply. Repeat. While there is nothing wrong with searching for opportunities online, perhaps your job search needs to be shaken up a bit?
In his article A 10 Step Guerilla Job Hunting Program on LinkedIn, HR and job search expert Lou Adler suggests a 20-20-60 approach to job hunting: 20% searching/applying on job boards, 20% getting attention of recruiters, 60% networking. Here are some tips on how to make the most of this plan.
You should spend only 20% of your time applying directly to jobs you see posted on job boards.
On a website like Idealist, with new jobs posted every day by organizations from around the world, you could easily spend a ton of time scouring the site. To make the most of the site so that you a. find fantastic opportunities and b. have time to pursue other ways finding a job, check out the following resources:
- Not sure what kind of work you want to do? Try this exercise
- Searching for a job online and offline
- How to search on Idealist and create email alerts
- Using Idealist to look for jobs? Try these search hacks
Another 20% of your time should be spent trying to get noticed by recruiters.
Just as there are many ways to search for a job, there are also many ways to connect with recruiters. Here are a few resources to help you out:
- Using LinkedIn to find a job? Here’s what recruiters look for
- Get your resume recruiter-ready with this trick
If you’re not sure working with a recruiter is right for you, Liz Ryan, CEO and Founder of Human Workplace, offers some great advice here. She makes a really good point that a recruiter might not make sense for all people (for example, recent grads). An alternative could be working with your college’s career services office.
The remaining 60% of your time should be spent networking.
Networking can be one of the most challenging parts of a job search. Many of us don’t know where to start or feel that networking is, well, slimy. However, to get past this we have to: figure out what we have to offer (and focus on giving), set goals, and network in ways that feel authentic to us. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Why we hate networking (and how to change that)
- Networking to find a job? Focus on being generous
- How to send an email to your network letting them know you’re looking for a job
- 9 questions to ask yourself to discover who is in your network
- How I landed a job through an informational interview
And…non-job search time?
Personally I would add one more tip to this approach: You should also carve out time for non-job search related activities. The job search can easily go from an exciting time to explore possibilities, to being depressing and confusing. Here are a few ways to stay confident: