Resting to revive the body, mind, and spirit is essential for a job seeker. Incorporating periods of rest during the week and weekend needs to be part of your job search plan. While you are winding down into that “restful” state, here are a couple of productive, easy-to-accomplish items for your job search to-do list:
1. CareerXRoads 8th Annual Source of Hire Study by Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler. For the recent trends in hiring and more in-depth information about the methods employers are using, read the results of this 2008 annual survey. You should be able to pick up some tips about how to more effectively use your job search time. For example, if print ads account for about 3% of external hires, you would likely not want to dedicate any more than 3% of your job search time to that method.
2. All Keepers, No Fluff: 241 Ways to Become a Living Brochure of Your Own Awesomeness by Scott Ginsberg (The Nametag Guy). A practical and reflective list of to-do items for your job search, your career, and your life. Pick one (or more) that resonates with you and determine how you can integrate it into your job search. Then, do it!
3. Google Profiles. You can create a no-fee Google profile to optimize your online identity and personal brand with links to other profiles, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Ning. You can even include photos (keep them clean and professional looking please). The best part is that your Google-hosted profile will likely get on page 1 of an online search for your name. So even if you do not belong to any other social networking sites, you can still maintain a profile on Google for employers and recruiters to find and review. In that way you can establish a positive, online identity and be found as employers do direct sourcing of candidates. Be sure to include keywords and links relevant to your job target and industry in your profile.