Five Step Job Search Strategy

Anytime we have a big hurdle to overcome, like finding a new or better job, it helps to have a strategy. Especially if what we are currently doing is not working, or if we are uncertain.

Here is a proven strategy that I encourage you to follow. These steps have worked for thousands of job seekers in the past. So here goes:

Identify your Skills, Passion, Personality or Desired Work.

It helps if you know your Personality Type. Here’s a tool to help you identify your unique style if you don’t know it. This is a great exercise for anyone, but it can really help with a job search.

If you are young and just entering the work force, you may not have a clue as to what you want to do, and you may just need to earn money no matter what kind of job it is. However, it’s always good to have something more specific in mind.

Ask yourself, what makes me unique in the job market. You may be surprised at the things employers are looking for.

Determine a Job Title or Career Category

Some examples if this would be Sales, Maintenance, Construction, IT, Production, Farming, Landscaping, Management, Team Leader, Supervisor, etc. Having an idea of an appropriate title for what you are good at, will help with this process.

It is important that you understand your skill set and value. Remember that we tend to undervalue ourselves and overvalue everyone else. Your experience and talent are important in the work place!

Identify your Target Industries/Businesses

Which businesses need what you have to offer? Where could you make a difference? If you have some construction experience, you don’t necessarily need to look for a construction company, but could work for an apartment complex doing maintenance on rental units.

If you have sales experience, you could apply to hundreds of different businesses. The same goes for supervisors or managers. These skills transfer from one industry to another.

Begin your search using a FREE Database!

This is an under utilized free service that can be found on the web pages of most public libraries. You will need to be a member of that library to use the database, but that is usually the only requirement.

  • Visit your public library web page & Find the Downloads section
  • Find the business search link and look for “ReferenceUSA”
  • Practice with a few searches in the US Business Database
  • Create a custom search around your target industry
  • Generate a list of companies and contact information
  • Compare/Verify current online listings

Contact Decision Makers

The key here is to get your resume into the hands of decision makers. Since you are looking for companies based on what you have to offer, you will not usually find posted jobs. HOWEVER, you always need to assume that companies are constantly in need of good people.

This puts you in the driver’s seat. When you are the only person interacting with a department manager, they get the best opportunity to see your skills and your personality.

Make sure you send a cover letter and resume via REGULAR MAIL to the decision maker where you want to work. You can find this info with a little creative research. Remember if you contact the Human Resources department, they will tell you that they don’t have any jobs available. The plant or office manager will know better if they are in need of people and trust me, they want to find good people. TALK TO DECISION MAKERS!

So this is the Five Step Job Search Strategy. If you use this strategy with your next job search, you are going to have great success. This is new, and slightly different than most searches, but it gets results!

Let me know if you have any questions. Leave a comment below. Also, I would love to connect with you on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for reading!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!