How to Job Hunt – 5 Steps to Lay a Foundation that Gets Results

It's gonna take more work up front, but it will pay off, as each additional effort after will be easier and more effective.

Before you start blasting resumes and half-assedly scrolling jobs boards, step back and lay a foundation for how to job hunt. It’s gonna take more work up front, but it will pay off, as each additional effort after will be easier and more effective.

Think of it like investing in capital goods. You can catch fish by hand and live (literally) hand to mouth. If you take a day off fishing, it can feel like a huge cost, because you have to go without food for a day and fall behind your monthly calorie requirements. So many people never stop, and never get out of the cycle of subsistence fishing (or job hunting in our case).

But if you take that day off to build a net all that initial cost pays off big time. Soon every ounce of energy and hour of time spent fishing returns a much better catch, and you can actually relax a little. Build the tool so your labor is more productive.

It’s like that job hunting. If you stop repeating the same low-yield motions for a bit you can actually build some tools that bring 10x better results.

It’s not all about how you work hard but it’s about how you manage your time, resources, mind to work together for a better output.

Jayson Zabate

1) How to Job Hunt: start with getting your mindset right.

You’re on a hunt (or fish;-). There’s opportunity everywhere and you have value to offer. But it’s a crowded, noisy place out there. You need to get creative and rise above the din. Pick your shot, make it good, and take it. Don’t just fire at random.

2) Now think carefully about your targets.

Find companies, people, and industries that are genuinely interesting to you. Places that are worth some extra time instead of minimum effort “Sure, I guess I’d work there” options. Research, learn, understand their culture, customers, products, history, and needs. Think as if you are already a team member. Make a list of 5-10 companies like this.

3) Then craft the tool for the job.

Create a digital body of work that showcases your skills in a creative way. No, not a resume. No one cares about those. Too hard to get noticed. A portfolio of projects, a few blog posts or videos, better yet, a Crash pitch that puts it all together in one place!

4) Now customize.

You’ve got your foundational pitch or body of work. Now for each company, customize it and frame the narrative to them. I recommend a short custom video pitch unique to each company, accompanied by a few of your projects or items that prove your skill.

5) How to Job Hunt: send and keep tracking!

Find individual, personal email addresses. Send your pitch to them with a short email. Get them curious. Follow up every few days until they respond. Unless you’ve heard “no”, keep asking!

Most people don’t see how to job hunt smart. Even if they customize and follow up, they skip the first three steps – mindset, target selection, and tool building – and just start blasting half-coherent resumes all over the place. It feels like you’re doing more work on your job hunt that way, but the work is low ROI.

Step back and lay the foundation first. Then every customization, email, and follow-up will yield killer returns!