When I was searching for one of my first jobs, a friend asked me how many resumes I had sent out and I proudly told her 70. She asked, “Today?” Yes, she was averaging 70 a day after she got her job search apparatus up and running. I finally landed a job, but she had received five offers in the same period.
Your job search is a full-time job unto itself, so don’t go about it half-heartedly. Don’t just rely on the Internet job posting sites. Leave no stone unturned. There were more than 30 communications-related jobs listed in today’s Chicago Tribune. Develop lists of corporations, agencies and nonprofit organizations where PR opportunities might exist. Besides a well-written resume and easy-to-modify cover letter (shorter the better), you need to build a master plan for your search and build the network of friends and acquaintances who can help with your search. Commit to spending at least four hours each day on your search homework, more as the search process kicks in. This New York Times link provides some interesting job search tips, especially for those who have been looking for quite some time.