Integrating Speculative Applications Into Your Job Hunt
Now obviously, if you’ve taken note of all the advice above, you’ll realize that this is going to take you a decent amount of time. To even have a chance at being an effective job hunting strategy, you have to integrate speculative applications into your job hunt. Here are a few tips on how:
- It shouldn’t be your only strategy
Your primary source of applications should always be applying to jobs that are currently available (that you might find on a jobs board or through a recruiter). If you’re looking at 5 applications per week, as we recommend, only 1 or 2 should be speculative applications.
- Build a routine
Make speculative applications part of your weekly job hunting routine. Build time for it into your week and keep your rate of application steady.
- Keep track
Many companies will keep a speculative application on file for a set period of time if a suitable role isn’t immediately available. In theory, this should mean that you’ll be contacted if a role that you might be a good fit for became available within that time. If you’re told this, make a note of how long your application is on file for. Just at the passing of that date, you should submit another speculative application if you’re still looking for a job.
These tactics combined give you a great proactive job hunt.
Using speculative applications as part of your job hunt is an extremely positive approach and gives you an ongoing focus, keeping a strong momentum and clear goals as you move forward.
Of course, what is also means, is that the work of a job hunter is never done!