Don’t create meaningful change daily, weekly, etc.
Although it is a marathon, YOU NEED TO SPRINT. DO NOT PACE YOURSELF. How you begin your search is critical to the overall success of your job search. Most people put limits on their search, do not get all the cylinders going at once, and ease their way into it. This guarantees a long painful search.
A unidirectional job search is activity focused outward from the job seeker to the marketplace in an effort to get noticed through emails, applying on-line, random sending of resumes, make believe electronic networking, and self centered instant gratification that yields little measurable positive return for time invested.
A bidirectional job search is one that focuses on doing SURGICAL and STRATEGIC activities that allow others to find you.
It is proactive, and covers all bases. The key to a bidirectional job search is making it easy for others to find YOU, often when they do not advertise a job that you fit. To do this successfully, you must do things very differently.
What you know is not important if no one knows who you are. Your experience and knowledge is irrelevant.
Who you know is equally not important. This is dated thinking.
People used to say that it is not what you know, it is who you know. People who say and believe that show they are dated and irrelevant.
Consider this : You can have 100% of the most influential people in your industry in your cell phone address book. But if you are not in theirs, AND they do not think of you when they have a need, AND they do not take specific action to contact YOU, then it does not matter.
Relevant and current thinking is: Who knows YOU ? Who knows you exist? A bidirectional job search is one that focuses very early energy & activity on penetrating proprietary databases with your information, on building a “brand” and identity for others to find you, and on continuing to do this on an ongoing basis (daily, weekly, monthly).
A bidirectional search is what should occupy most of each day, and it radically shortens time in the market.
Know your body language ---Practice in front of mirror and/or video tape yourself while responding to 50 interview questions you can prepare for.
Know your voice quality ---Audio record your phone interviews and conversations with recruiters to ‘self evaluate’ your performance later ( note: recording others without their permission is illegal and in violation of certain state, federal laws ).