I have recently acquired a book called “The Two Hour Job Search” by Steve Dalton. I am reaching the end of my tether when it comes to job hunting and have admittedly lost most of my motivation. This book, all though not actually directed towards a reader who has been out of work for more than a year, does offer some useful guidelines. Steve Dalton proposes an exact and almost mathematical way of applying to applying to job posts. He also stresses the importance of networking and using alumni contacts and graduate school databases.
For me, the author opened my eyes to using specific websites, indeed.com being the most dominant and the one I had never heard of. He also stressed the importance of using LinkedIn, which I knew already, but have never really used it to its full potential. But using an online job portal such as indeed.com doesn’t assist in convincing employers to ignore one year of non-activity. The 2 hour job-search does then offer a framework and has helped me build a positive mind set.
The LAMP method, the backbone of the book, refers to four important columns on a spreadsheet, on which the reader is told to make a List of at least 40 employers one would want to work for. The three other letters refer to Alumni, Motivation and Posting.
As I learn more from this book I will add more to this post.