Strategies and tactics for finding your perfect job

I want to start a list of some of the best practices that job seekers can utilize to help find and land their perfect job. This post will be the beginning of the list, and I will add to it from time to time.

If you have additional thoughts or comments on the best ways to find and land your perfect job, I encourage you to leave them in the comments section of these posts.

If you search Google for the term “success factors for job seekers,” you will find a wealth of information, tips, and tricks that go on and on for pages. Interestingly, much of this information comes from company career sites, and is designed to help the job-seeking candidate understand what it takes to be successful in the job they are applying for. Some of this information is specific to the job, but much of it is fairly general and highly relevant to job seekers regardless of the position they are applying for.

So let’s begin the list (in no particular order) of success factors for job seekers:

Have a clear understanding of what your perfect job looks like

There is nothing worse than crawling back into the same cubicle that you just got out of. That is a metaphor for the fact that many job seekers move away from an unhappy situation only to end up back in a similar negative position.

To gain clarity of what your perfect job looks like, using behavior and motivator assessments can be very helpful in understanding your wants and don’t wants, your strengths, and the type of environment where you will thrive.

When we work with job-seeking professionals, we provide an assessment as the first step in their job-search process. With an objective description of themselves, their strengths and value to an organization at hand, it is much easier to clarify what their perfect job looks like.

Create a customized and optimized résumé for each job application

All too often, I hear a horror story from a job seeker who tells me he sent out 50 to 100 resumes and never got a single call back. The reason? They did not customize their résumé to the requirements of the job. It was too generic, too general, and did not meet the criteria of the Applicant Tracking Software – the system that scans and scores a résumé in comparison to the job requirements.

Customizing your résumé might seem like a complex and lengthy process, and it is. But, you have to understand that you are the product and the hiring company is your customer. A customized and optimized résumé, therefore, becomes your marketing material or your sales brochure. The more specific you can present your value in relationship to the job requirements, the more likely it will be seen and you will be called in for an interview.

Spend 75-80% of your job-search time accessing the “hidden job market,” and only 20-25% of your time utilizing the “advertised job market”

80-90% of all jobs are not advertised, posted in job boards, listed anywhere online or in publications. This is called the hidden job market and you must know how to tap into this market in order to be successful. Some of the best ways are include networking, personal contacts, and platforms like LinkedIn.

Interestingly, a Harvard University study found that 75% of job hunters found their jobs through personal and employer contacts. And of those, 44% had new positions created just for them!

So if you are sending out résumé after résumé and not getting any call backs, perhaps you need a strategy to tap into the hidden job market.

Develop a strong support system

The job-seeking process can be challenging, stressful, and downright depressing. A strong support system of friends, family, and acquaintances can be extremely helpful to you to meet these challenges and develop the confidence you need to succeed. Networking groups and professional organizations can also serve as a support system. Make sure these people know that you are seeking your perfect job, so that you don’t have to go it alone.

This list of strategies and tactics represents only the beginning of the information I want to share with you to help you find and land your perfect job. I encourage you to follow these posts, listen to our podcasts, and sign up as a premium member on our website (it’s FREE), so that you can have instant access to all the important information that will help you find and land your perfect job.

Scott Huetteman is the co-creator of Find My Perfect Job – a program dedicated to teaching job-seeking professionals how to find and land their perfect job, and the co-host of JobSeek Radio. Learn more at

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