Lets first run over the basics. Before considering what else you can be doing for a productive job search, lets make sure you are already nailing the fundamentals:
1. You have a concise, achievement-focused resume.
2. You are researching each position and company.
3. You are targeting the resume toward each specific opportunity.
Now that we have confirmed you are covering the very basics, we can talk about two more components of an effective job search / career management strategy.
Networking – Building an engaged network – either in person or via technology like LinkedIn – is hands down the most effective way to bolster the success of your job search.
Professional Development – Uncover ways to continually expand your skillset. Whether pursuing certifications, taking additional courses or simply staying on top of shifts in your industry, it is critical that you challenge yourself to stay relevant and up-to-date.
The truth is that these are not just optional next steps. In this job market, these activities are so critical that they should be considered fundamental as well. If that seems overwhelming, here is the upside. In addition to making dramatically improving the effectiveness of your job search, these activities can help to make your career more fulfilling.