A Few Ideas from Dick Bolles

If you haven’t had to job search in awhile, consider these effective job search strategies, adapted from Richard Bolles, best-selling author of What Color Is Your Parachute?:

  • Let go of the past and get on with your future.
  • Take time to inventory your strongest – and most preferred – skills.
  • Believe that it is up to you to find another job – no one else can do it for you.
  • Spend a minimum of 35 hours per week looking for work … just as if job searching is your full-time job.
  • Visit a minimum of 2-3 employers daily to submit your application/resume.
  • Approach companies with 20 or fewer employees (that’s where two-thirds of all jobs are).
  • Check with any company that interests you, regardless of whether or not they have a current opening.
  • Ask everyone you know for leads.
  • Confine the label you put on yourself to: “I’m a person who’s good at …”.
  • Consider any job that will allow you to use your favorite skills.
  • Get face-to-face with employers before submitting your resume/application.
  • Research by book, Internet, and word of mouth any company you intend to visit or contact.
  • Put together a support/accountability group with whom you report in.
  • Collect success stories from successful job seekers to inspire you.

While we’re on the subject of Richard Bolles, you may want to take a look at his superlative job search site: