7 Job Search Suggestions

After 5 long months of job searching I have finally landed a job in my field, Software Development. For the benefit anyone out there still searching for a job, I have compiled a list of suggestions that I did during my time off that may help. Understand that I am no expert, but if any of these suggestions can help please take advantage of them.

1.) Wake Up Early

Set an alarm to get yourself out of bed in the morning. If you are fresh out of college like me, this may sound unpleasant, but it will make your day much more productive. I read on a blog that when searching for a job you should wake up and put in a full 8 hour day either job searching or being productive. While I can't say I put in a full 8 hours of job searching, I was productive. I read books in my field a few hours everyday and contributed to an open source project. This gives you something to talk about during an interview because it demonstrates that you are effective with you time.

2.) Find A Project To Work On

Find something to work on, preferably in your field, to keep active. This will keep your mind fresh and reduce the chances of getting bored. For me, I contributed to an open source project and developed two websites. Sometimes, when I got hooked on a project, I found my self working on it late into the evening.

3.) Do Not Watch Daytime TV

Daytime TV has to be the most unproductive form of television. On top of that, it is probably going to stress you out more because the show is so pointless you are going to focus on how much you want/need a job.

4.) Finished A Linkedin Profile

If you are job searching and you haven't started using Linkedin, you need to get on that now. A Linkedin profile is usually at the top of a google search of your name and can showcase your experience.

5.) Google Your Name

You can assume that any company that you are applying to is going to google your name. Therefore, it would be nice to know what they are seeing and possibly modify it.

6.) Read Blogs

By reading blogs, I do not mean for entertainment. Read about what people are doing in you field. I was teaching myself programming languages Perl and Ruby over the summer, so I found blogs from people that discussed programming techniques. Here is a list of a few blogs that I read that inspired me:

7.) Relax

This is at the end of the list for a reason: it should be done only after you have done the above suggestions. Realize that this may be one of the few times that you will have an abundance of free time. I have a Netflix account which I used to watch approximately 3-4 movies a week in the evenings, after a productive day.

Hope you found a couple suggestions useful. Good luck on your job search.