You must tailor your resume to positions, research companies, attend job fairs, join networking opportunities in the community, volunteer, follow up with your recently submitted applications, and — if you are a student, alumni or graduate — make sure that you are touching base with your college or university’s career services office to aid you in your search.
If you aren’t doing all of that, then you aren’t giving yourself the best opportunity to be successful. Use every resource at your disposal, whether at school or within your community.
The final step to professionalizing your search is to be purposeful and persistent. If you passively look for a job, you will miss opportunities because your search is inconsistent. Do something each and every day related to your job search. If you actually want or need a new job, you need to make sure that you have not and will not miss a single opportunity.
Taking a more professional approach to your job search will save you time and create success. So quit going through the motions and get clocked in. You have a job (search) to do.
• Jennifer Nichols is the director of career services at Ivy Tech Community College in Kokomo. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.