1. Have you reached out to your 50 warmest contacts to update them on what you’re currently doing ?
If not, send an email to update them. Do NOT contact them simply to send a with your resume asking for job leads - simply update them so they know your situation)
So that’s your 50 closest friends, family members, old clients and ex-colleagues; the people who know, like and trust you – regardless of where they live and what they do for a living.
If they do know, how often do you stay in contact with them?
2. If I glanced at your LinkedIn profile, would I know that you’re in the market for job opportunities? Would I know what you’re looking to do?
If not, change this immediately.
3. Are you posting some kind of update on LinkedIn at least once a week? (i.e. so that you are subtly on people’s radar.)
If not, get into the habit of posting something of value once a week. Post status updates which would be valuable to your network, answer a question in the ‘Answers’ section to demonstrate your expertise or add a valuable comment in a discussion within one of the groups you’re part of.
4. Are you ‘out and about’ at least once a week meeting people face to face?
If not, schedule time in the next week to meet with ex-colleagues, clients and friends over coffee/lunch/drinks simply to catch up.
You’ll stay on people’s radar for potential opportunities, often receive some useful advice, laugh and generally feel much better about yourself than you would sitting at home looking through job sites all day long.
5. Do you speak with at least two of your fellow job seekers once a week to share ideas and help each other?
If not, pick up the phone today and call someone.
6. Do you have some kind of daily / weekly routine or structure in place to help you build momentum and make progress faster?
If not, scan through these rituals and routines for a successful job hunt to see how you can make your search much more systematic.
7. Do you have a spreadsheet to track every single lead, contact or job you’re pursued?
If not, set up a simple spreadsheet to help to track progress and ensure you don’t fail to follow up on a potential opportunity.
8. Do you religiously and systematically follow up every single contact, lead or loose conversation about an opportunity within 24 hours? (48 hours at the very latest)
If not, how could you get more organised and disciplined in your follow-up?
9. Do you give yourself permission to have a bad day or a bad week?
If not, go easy on yourself. It’s completely normal to be a little ‘up and down’ emotionally when going through a job search or change process.
10. Do you have some habits in place to help you maintain resilience and stay positive?
If not, take a look through these 10 tips on how to stay positive during a long job search and select one idea to get working on.
That’s just a starter for 10 - what have I missed?