Job Search Savvy

If you're wondering how to job search or it's been a while since you had to look for a job, this free lesson can help.


Whether you're looking for your very first job, a different position in your field, or planning to switch to a new career, searching for a job can be a big challenge. While there's no easy way to find a job, the right combination of job search strategies can make the process more manageable.

In this module, you'll learn about adopting the right mindset and using different methods for your job search. We'll also talk about how to stay motivated, follow up, and keep organized as you begin looking for a job.

Adopting the right mindset

There is no question that finding a job can be difficult, especially as the global economy continues to recover after the recession of 2008. The global unemployment rate is estimated to be around 10 percent. In reality, the number may actually be much higher as more and more people stop looking for work.

While it's important to stay informed about the current economic situation, it's also important that you don't become discouraged. Remember that the more jobs you apply for, the more likely it is that you'll get hired. Maintaining a positive attitude will help you to persevere and continue to pursue job opportunities even when the job search is stressful.

Watch the video below to learn how to improve your job search mindset.

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Varying your approach

There is no single path to finding a new job. Relying on just one approach as you begin your job search will limit the kind of opportunities you can discover, so you will need to use several different search methods.

For example, many people believe that job hunting is simply a process of finding and responding to job postings. And while it's becoming easier than ever to search for jobs online, it is commonly estimated that as much as 80 percent of available positions are never even advertised. Networking with different people can allow you to find opportunities in this hidden job market.

The way you conduct your job search, such as the job boards you visit, how you network, and where you go to uncover opportunities, will largely depend on your needs. It's important to vary your methods in order to be as effective as possible.

Review the scenario below to learn about the importance of varying your job search methods.

Using different search strategies: Ruth

After graduating from a two-year training program, Ruth began searching for a new position as a medical sonographer. She applied to several online job postings that sounded promising, but when she didn't hear anything about her applications, it was difficult not to become a little frustrated.

Rather than give up on her job search, Ruth decided to refocus and diversify her search strategies. She found a retail job at a store nearby, so that she could bring in money while searching for the job she had trained for. While working, she began volunteering for a few hours each week at a local free clinic to build experience and meet people working in the field. She started to build a network with other people in the medical community, reaching out to her old classmates and new friends she met at the clinic. And while she still kept a careful watch on several online job boards, Ruth also worked to make direct contact with offices that were hiring, often by delivering her resume in person.

After several months of hard work, a friend at the clinic told her about a job opening at a small practice across town. She stopped by the office to introduce herself, which impressed its staff. Based on the strength of her friend's recommendation and her volunteer experience at the clinic, the office was only too happy to offer Ruth a full-time position. By varying her methods and using a variety of job search strategies, Ruth's efforts finally paid off.

Using different methods

As we have seen with Ruth, it's important to use a variety of techniques when searching for a job. While the Internet can be a very valuable tool for finding job postings, you should also dedicate just as much time to making connections offline and following opportunities as they arise.

Getting started

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Looking for a job takes a great deal of time, energy, and effort. Below are different things you will need you begin your job search.

Go to our Resume Writing and Cover Letters tutorials to get help with preparing your paperwork.

Strategies for success

Once you've started looking for a job, there are different strategies that can make your search more effective. Review the techniques below to learn more about getting the most out of your job search.

Staying motivated

Searching for job can be a difficult and lengthy process. Even after you've adopted the right mindset and started using a variety of job search strategies, it can be difficult to stay motivated if your search isn't going as well as you had hoped.

Try your best to stay positive and set goals for your job-hunting activities. Goals can help you measure your progress and add structure to your job search. You might also consider creating a support network of friends and family members who are also looking for new opportunities. You'll be able to share your experiences and help encourage one another to keep searching.

Watch this video from Monster UK to learn more about staying motivated when conducting a job search.

Following up

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Another common quality among successful job seekers is a willingness to follow up. Just making a connection or submitting your resume is simply not enough to help you stand out among other possible candidates. Following up will give you the opportunity to show your interest, assert your qualifications, and establish a positive relationship with the person who may ultimately hire you.

While it's important not to be overly aggressive in pursuing opportunities, following up in a timely, professional, and courteous manner will simply underscore your interest in the position, making a positive impression on your potential employer.

Staying organized

After you've started your job search, you'll understand how important it will be to develop a way to keep everything organized. Imagine how embarrassing it might be to receive a call from a hiring manager and not remember who he is or how you met. You might consider creating a job search log, where you can document your job search, make a list of potential connections, and keep track of the jobs you have applied for.

Check out some of the different resources below that can help you stay organized during your job search: