Searching for a job can be stressful and therefore it is important to be cognizant of habits that can help you. These habits can make or break the job search. It is important to remember employers are getting many resumes a day for each position they have open and it is your job to stand out amongst the competition.

These 9 habits will help you to stand out from all the other candidates:

Be persistent – you know the saying “the early bird gets the worm.” If you are persistent and stay focused on following up with the employer, you will be recognized for being determined and worthy of an interview. You obviously don’t want to be harassing, but you want to professionally follow up and show what makes you unique.

Be flexible – you want to be open to new opportunities and new ways of searching for your job. Let’s face it, what worked twenty years ago are not the same techniques that will work in 2018. You must adapt to the times and the new ways of finding career opportunities.

Setup job alerts and check them daily – you can create accounts with various job boards and have alerts emailed directly to you when there are jobs posted that match your search criteria. This creates an organized and efficient way to search for jobs. Please note, this should not be the only way you search for new opportunities. A multipronged approach should always be used when job searching (job sites, LinkedIn, networking, recruiters, and more).

Set a goal – commit to the number of resumes you will submit each week. Aim to attain your weekly goal each and every week. Your consistency is a good habit to get into and will help you get a new job quicker.

Schedule meetings – take the time to speak with people that work at companies you want to work with. This gives you some increased knowledge about what they are looking for in an employee and when they have openings. This can be invaluable to your job search.

Reconnect – reach out to former colleagues that know your work ethic and capabilities as they may have connections to a job or can provide advice on what you can be doing to find that next job.

Stay positive – a good attitude will take you a long way in this process. It will only make the process harder if you are feeling down about looking for a new job. Focus on all that you have to offer and you will have a new job quickly.

Be proactive – don’t wait for things to happen in your career. Take charge of your job search and do things to actively look for and find a new career.

Maximize your time – it can take a significant amount of time to search for a job. So, it is important to make sure you use your time wisely.

If you need job search help, Chapman Services Group, LLC offers certified coaching sessions focused on how to conduct an effective job search.