The job hunt is an overwhelming and stressful process. Whether it was your choice or not, being a job seeker presents challenges that cause one to feel not good enough or unwanted. 

There are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting that offer letter, though. We have outlined three of those things here to achieve the success you desire in your job search.

1) Approach finding a job as if it were a full-time job because it is. If you had a job, you would report to work at the same time each day; we’ll say 8 am, take an hour (or less) for lunch, and quit at the same time each day, such as 5 o’clock. You would work five days every week, and you would work hard to accomplish as much as you could because your career depended upon it.

You should follow the same schedule that you would at a full-time job because your future depends. Treating the process like a part-time hobby or volunteer position will ultimately drag it out.

So, begin tomorrow by reporting to work, even log your hours, and spending the day on tasks that lead to a job.

2) Approach your job search as if it were a project with deadlines. You should set goals for yourself, make plans, and monitor your progress. Apply all the tools and skills that you used in your last job to PROJECT JOB SEARCH.

Treat this as a high-level project that will either reward you or cost you the promotion you’ve always wanted. And, the sooner you complete the project, the higher up the ladder you climb in your company.

3) Be your own boss. Set expectations for what you need to accomplish, provide direction, and monitor your work. You are your accountability partner. Meet with yourself once each week to evaluate your performance. 

We recommend doing this by writing two reports. The first is a candid evaluation of what you accomplished during the previous week. The second is a description of your plans for the coming week. Your plans should include your goals, actions, and priorities.

The first time you prepare these reports, include evaluating what you have done so far. Describe the results that this effort has produced. And compare these results with what you wanted to have.

Next, map out a realistic plan for the next week based on achievable goals. For example, you could set goals for the number of people you will call, the number of networking meetings you will attend, and the research you will conduct.

In the coming weeks, compare the results you obtained during the previous week with your set goals. For example, if you planned to attend twelve networking meetings and you attended only two, you should: 

          a) explain why this happened, and 

          b) plan actions that will correct such a difference. 

You should also analyze why you missed your goal because this provides insights on what you need to do differently. Your goal (e.g., attending twelve networking meetings) may have been set too high. Or maybe there are things you can do that will make it easier to achieve your job search goals, such as carpooling with a friend who is also looking for a job.

Finding a job is a full-time job. Work through it with a plan and the support of a good boss (yourself).

We wish you the best of success.