Job Search

How to Create a Job Search Strategy

The following is meant as a guide only; it forms the basis for your daily and weekly job search activity. You may wish to change this depending on your circumstances.

Before you start

  • Ensure you have a professionally written CV and LinkedIn profile
  • Join at least 5, but no more than 10 industry/skill specific LinkedIn groups – Make sure the groups you join have over 1000 members and are relevant to the country/area you live in.
  • Register with 3-5 Niche Job Websites – Ensure your profile is fully completed and keyword optimized. Also switch-on job alerts if the functionality is available. Lastly upload your CV and make sure it is also keyword optimized.
  • Register with 3-5 Niche Recruitment Agencies – Choose agencies that are specialist in your industry, have experience recruiting people with your skill set and who have a track record of successfully recruiting in the geographical area you want to work in.
  • Make a list of 25 companies that interest you. You can include the big brand names, but include small to medium enterprises and up and coming companies too.

Daily tasks

  • Comment on at least 1 discussion every day in each of your LinkedIn groups. You can ask questions, participate in discussions or start a discussion in a chosen topic. Make sure you are adding value to groups with relevant, thought provoking and interesting information.
  • Connect with 3 new people every day on LinkedIn. They should be senior people within the companies you want to work for. Such as HR Manager, Recruitment Manager and other Manager level people.
  • Keep a record of all your activity on a daily basis, be strict on how you approach this, you can either update your records as you go or set aside at least half an hour in the morning and half and hour in the afternoon for this activity.
  • Make sure you reply to all email and phone messages on a daily basis; be strict on how you approach this. Set aside at least half an hour in the morning and half and hour in the afternoon for this activity.

Weekly tasks

  • Apply for up to 5 jobs a week across all of the job websites you have registered with. Be selective about the jobs you apply for by only applying for jobs to which you are a good match. Be careful not to duplicate your applications as some companies may advertise the same job on multiple job websites.
  • Apply for up to 5 jobs a week on LinkedIn. Be selective about the jobs you apply for by only applying for jobs to which you are a good match. Be careful not to duplicate your applications as some companies may advertise the same job on job websites and LinkedIn.
  • Some advertised positions will give the name of the person who advertised the role. So send a quick message or call and introduce yourself, letting them know you have applied for the position, but more importantly to ask if they are open to discussing the vacancy with you.
  • Monitor the types of jobs you are getting from your job website job alerts; if they are not relevant then consider changing how you have set up your profile.
  • Call each of your chosen recruitment agencies once a week to keep up to date with progress and to understand how the job market is performing.
  • Post a note in each of your LinkedIn groups that you are looking for work and the type of position you are looking for. (Bear in mind that your current employer will see this, so avoid this if necessary).
  • Referring to your list of 25 companies. Aim to approach all of them within the 1st week of your job search. Tick off the ones you’ve approached. Cross off the ones with no opportunities and move onto the outstanding ones. The best way to approach your chosen companies is by finding them on LinkedIn and approaching either the personal responsible for hiring or someone senior within HR or Recruitment.
  • Approach at least 5 of your LinkedIn connections each week asking if there are any suitable jobs available that match your skills and experience. Be sure to only approach people who are in senior positions, such as HR Manager, Recruitment Manager, IT Manager, and Marketing Manager etc.
  • Post two status updates a week advertising that you are looking for work. (Bear in mind that your current employer will see this, so avoid this if necessary).