In 2023, over 50% of Americans said that they are living paycheck to paycheck. That sobering number means one thing for most job seekers ... it's simply not affordable to do an extended job search.
Before you know it, winter will roll in fast (depending on where you are in the country) and expenses will begin to rise with the need to turn on the heat.
Determined to find a job before winter? That's why we're here. Let Beacon Hill show you how to adopt a strategic approach to job seeking.
Let's get started.
Pick your targets strategically
Targets get distinctly harder to hit when you don't know where you're supposed to aim. Don't strike out blindly, review BLS data to see where opportunities exist and set expectations. BLS data covers growing occupations, employment and wages by field, occupational group, location and more.
Once you know where you're aiming, it's time to determine tactics.
We recommend that you implement job search strategies such as:
- Sign up for job alerts
- Make a list of ideal companies and roles you want
- Join relevant newsletters
- Try to get referrals to companies you want to work at
- Be the first to apply when a new role is posted (the previously noted job alerts make this one easier)
- Dedicate time to your search every day (practice interview questions, actively search and more)
- Perform non-traditional job search activities (network, upskill, leverage your alma mater and the like)
Stack the deck
We've written extensively about the importance of being ready to apply to your dream role well in advance of when you find it. Here are some of the actions you can take now to best prepare:
- Fix up your resume
- Get updated letters of recommendation and refresh your reference list
- Create a cover letter outline, but remain flexible
- Make or update your portfolio site
- Update your LinkedIn profile
Other detailed candidate toolbox recommendations are available here.
There is a wealth of research out there about how certain candidates don't apply to roles if they feel that they don't match all of the job requirements.
Whether you're a 100% fit for the job or not, just apply! If you think you're a match, the employer might be willing to help you close your skills gaps, depending on how compelling your argument is.
That's why we recommend that you write in your cover letter about how your existing skills could be practically utilized and pair them with confident language such as, "I'm looking forward to our next conversation." You'd be surprised how far those two things can take your career.
While we all want to find perfect job matches, if you're looking for a right-now role, being flexible can help. Plus, flexibility can open doors to new career adventures you hadn't considered previously! To do this:
- Consider what skills can apply to different industries to widen your search. For example, many professionals find work homes in recruitment.
- Think about taking advantage of holiday help opportunities while you continue your search.
- Be open to different schedules or styles of work (remote job, hybrid role, onsite position, etc.)
Work with a recruiter
It always helps to have someone in your corner. Beacon Hill recruiters are the support you need. They help with goal planning, interview prep and presentation to employers. Connect with them if you want a dedicated partner in your success.
Setting yourself apart is sometimes as simple as closing the loop. Showing your ability to follow through is a real differentiator. Here's how to do it:
- Send a thank you note, digitally and via mail, if time permits.
- Ask the hiring manager or recruiter when you should hear about the role and contact them (politely) if you don't hear back by then.
- If you don't earn a role, ask for ways you can improve and if you would be welcome to apply for another role at the same company in the future.
Are you ready to get started? One great way to do so is to review and apply for one of our open roles. There are remote, hybrid and on-site jobs to choose from.
We wish you the best in your search and hope you'll connect with us soon.