Job searching can be overwhelming. One method that can really help overcome the stress and anxiety is breaking the process down into smaller actions or baby steps.

Step 1 - Get organized.

Before applying to any position, take a week and get your application packet pulled together.

This should include:

  • A LinkedIn profile that is polished and on point.
  • A cover letter template.
  • Your portfolio of work.
  • 2 Versions of your resume: 1 for humans and 1 for applicant tracking systems.

Once these things are collected and polished, you are ready to move to the next step.

Step 2 - Make a written plan.

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Science has shown that those who write out their plans are 42% more likely to follow through.

When making your plan:

  • Identify what type of company you want to work for.
  • Establish how much time you are able to spend on job search activities per week.
  • Schedule specific blocks of time when you will focus on the job search.
  • Determine how many quality applications you will submit per week.
  • Revisit your plan each week and adjust as necessary for success.

Step 3 - Network.

  • Go to industry events such as meet-ups or conferences and start talking with people. Get to know them not as a possible job lead, but as a human interested in the same industry. It’s amazing what you can learn from people at these events.
  • Volunteer your skills.
  • Reach out to people on LinkedIn.
  • Be open and friendly everywhere you go. You never know who is next to you at the store or who just cut you off in the parking lot.

Step 4 - Keep going!

Don’t stop applying until you have a written offer in hand. Grit is key!

In review: get organized, make a written plan, network, keep your skills up to date, and keep going until you have an offer in hand. Persevere!