The job hunt can feel like a daunting trek through uncharted territory. But fear not, fellow job hunter! By cultivating these 7 habits, you can transform yourself into a highly effective job seeker, ready to conquer a career mountain.

Habit 1: Realize That Job Hunting is the Search That Never Ends

Effective job seekers accept that networking will always be the best way to find a job and they are experts when it comes to this valuable skill.

Everywhere they go whether it’s a new company, an event, a social setting, a vacation, a trade group, or even your local dry cleaner, successful job seekers always have their networking hat on.

I still remember being on vacation thousands of miles away and striking up a conversation with a man standing next to me in the hotel pool. During the conversation he revealed, coincidentally, he was the CEO of a company from my area. I made a lasting connection with him, and we are still friends 20 years later. He has helped me more than once.

Moral of the story? Never take your networking hat off. The bigger your network, the more likely you will have influential people to contact should you ever need a job.

Habit 2: Be a Lifelong Learner

The best job seekers are never satisfied with the status quo. They continuously develop their skills through online courses, certifications, or industry workshops. This demonstrates your dedication, keeps you competitive, and positions you for exciting new opportunities.

Habit 3: Target Your Search

Gone are the days of spraying your resume everywhere. Successful job hunters take a targeted approach and avoid “Easy Apply” systems. Research companies and positions beforehand, tailoring your applications to highlight relevant skills and experiences. Showcase your passion for the specific role and company culture and seek out leadership at your target company.

Habit 4: Craft Your Personal Brand

In today’s digital world, your online presence is your calling card. Excellent job hunters curate their online profiles, particularly LinkedIn. Share your skills and accomplishments, provide industry insights, and engage in relevant discussions.

Habit 5: Embrace the Power of Positivity

Job hunting is a marathon, not a sprint. There will be rejections, but successful job hunters don’t get discouraged. They maintain a positive attitude, seeing setbacks as learning opportunities. They stay focused, motivated, and keep searching for the perfect fit.

Habit 6: Prepare Like a Champion

Treat every interview like a championship game. Research the company beyond what is expected. Plan your answers to common interview questions and potential questions specific to the role. Practice your answers beforehand, anticipate questions about your resume or experience, and always dress professionally.

Habit 7: Gratitude is Golden

It’s not over until it’s over, and sometimes even after! Successful job hunters send thank-you emails after every interview, reiterating their interest and enthusiasm. They also follow up with hiring managers with a cool and calm demeanor if they haven’t heard back within a reasonable timeframe.

By incorporating these habits into your job search toolkit, you’ll be well on your way to job hunting excellence. Remember, job search success is a life-long journey. Embrace the adventure, stay focused, and keep developing these powerful habits!


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