Job search tactics vary from person to person, and what works for one individual may not be suitable for someone else. But when you are seeking jobs in Portland, you want to hunt as effectively as possible without wasting any time, regardless of how you go about doing it. Adding some structure to your job seeking can help you do that. Here, we have outlined four steps to help you run the best possible search you can.
1. Dedicate a certain number of hours in a day: we have spoken before about how looking for a job can be your full-time job. Doing so is simple: wake up early (this is great practice for when you do actually get a job) and dedicate seven to eight hours to searching and applying. Place your job seeking on a nine to five schedule.
2. Assign yourself a quota: in addition to putting yourself on a schedule, you should also assign yourself a quota. Try to put in a certain number of applications in a single day, so you have a tangible goal to work towards (other than getting an interview of course). This will help solidify your job-search-as-a-job mentality even more.
3. Use this time as a research opportunity: When you arent writing cover letters, resumes and filling out applications, use your seven to eight hour block to research companies. Learn as much as you can about them as well as about the open positions to better prepare yourself if you hear back from them.
4. Dont neglect your personal life: job seeking can be frustrating to no end, and its important not to let it get to you. It is possible to give your social life proper attention while still implementing all of the above. After 40 hours a week of researching and submitting applications, go ahead and give yourself a break.
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