I'm asked daily for advice on how to find a new job. It's hard to search for the "perfect job" with so many competing priorities. There are only so many hours in a day and days in a week. Where is your time best spent in searching for a new position?
As a first step, make a list of your personal connections that might be able to help you find and evaluate new positions. Think of people that might be well-connected in industries and companies that you might be targeting. It helps if these people believe in your capabilities and will vouch for you, especially if you're looking for a big promotion or want to move into a different type of position. Spend time with these people, either via phone or in-person. State your case. Ask them to make introductions or keep an ear to the ground for you.
As a second step, reach out to the people that are extremely well-connected in your network. These are the individuals that are out shaking the hands and kissing the babies, all day, every day. Recruiters, executive business development leaders, and agency owners are all good targets. Send these people a copy of your resume along with a brief description of what you're seeking in a new position. Ask them to keep an eye out for you or make introductions on your behalf.
Finally, get very intentional on the ideal position and company for the next step in your career. Make a list of 25 potential companies to pursue. Strategically research and and approach decision makers. LinkedIn is a great tool for both evaluating and connecting with potential opportunities. Don't be afraid to reach out directly with a well-crafted invitation to connect.
Searching for a new job can be overwhelming. Great jobs are very competitive. If you are serious about finding another job, you need to hit the ground running. Work your personal connections, engage with business connectors, and get intentional about defining and pursing your ideal opportunity. Time is a precious commodity. As you launch your job search, don’t underestimate the value of your time.