The Job Search Lifecycle: How to Use It to Get Hired


The Job Search Lifecycle is a system I discovered, developed nearly ten years ago because of my study on jobseeker behaviour. For over 20 years, I have used the system to successfully place people in the 5 Golden Rules of Job Searching.

What is the Job Search Lifecycle?

The Job Search Lifecycle is a system that helps job seekers get what they want in their job search. It is a combination of two related practices, cycle and maven. The Job Search Lifecycle has become successful because it combines the perfect job seeker technique with effective advertising.

The obvious next question that comes to your mind is: What can you do to get hired?

What can you do to get hired?

Candidates must abide by the following actionable tips to get hired at your dream company:

  1. Research your company well: You must research everything about the company you are targeting. You must study the job description for your respective job role, align your skills with what the company is looking for, and highlight relevant skills on your resume.
  2. Draft an attractive cover letter: Your cover letter must highlight your strengths, making you fit for the job. To optimise your cover letter, you must include relevant keywords and phrases from the job description to justify how you will meet the job expectations.
  3. Restructure your resume: Be mindful of using job-related keywords, and do not forget to add action verbs like “managed”, “led”, “manifested”, “optimised”,, etc. to create an impactful resume.
  4. Professionally build your social media: Nowadays, people know you by your social media profiles, so when applying to a company, one must ensure to inculcate some relevant information related to their field, it may a post regarding the latest update in the technology, or a piece of news related to your field.
  5. Create a personal website: It’s a great way to promote your strengths and provide evidence of your best abilities. It would help to build a profile highlighting your passion for the industry you intend to work in.
  6. Strong networking: You can rely on your connections or networks from school, colleges, former workplace to excel in your career. LinkedIn is one such site where you can build powerful connections that might help you accelerate your career in the long run.
  7. Learn from a career coach:  You can consider help from a career coach to strategise your job search approach. A career coach might help you figure out your short-term and long-term career goals and help you achieve them.
  8. Prepare thoroughly for your interview: Remember to research the company, its founder, product or services before an interview. In addition, you must not forget to polish your core knowledge and skills relevant to the job.
  9. Prepare an impressive narrative: You must start your interview with complete confidence, and the best way to do that is to prepare beforehand. You could tell a compelling story where you solved a complex problem and talk about how you overcame obstacles at your previous job.
  10. Maintain a good body posture: During an interview, you must beware of your body posture. Making eye contact with the interviewer shows confidence. Keep your arms relaxed, do not cross your arms as it shows your disinterest in the conversation.

We must also understand the career recruiter’s perspective on finding the right candidate for the job.

Career recruiter’s take on hiring the right candidate

As a career recruiter, I have found that the optimum time to select the right candidate is between 4-6 weeks. We want to ensure that the candidate is the right fit for the job and takes ownership of the process. We do not want to waste another good candidate with bad hiring decisions. And we do not want to wait to interview a candidate until the salary is agreed to be paid. Our goal is to move fast, be a source of quality information and ultimately set a candidate for success. We are always charged with interviewing candidates who are not a good fit for the hiring manager to “hire before you buy”, thereby saving a good client from demotivation and recouping their costs from another source. Regarding the hiring manager, we seek personalities who are patient, fair, persistent, approachable, have good communications skills, and are determined to hire from within.

To find the right candidate, the career recruiter must follow these steps:

1.) Prepare a job seeker profile or job-seeking posture.

2.) Search online for a list of candidates.

3.) Contact suitable candidates and invite them to a job fair.

4.) Earn candidates’ trust by conducting a formal reference check on their backgrounds.

5.) Show flexibility and deal with changing conditions when negotiating offers.

Not only are these tactics beneficial to job seekers, but recruiting a placement professional can be very productive for an employer. Candidates will tell you that they will be hesitant about recruiting from outside of their company for various reasons. The job search life cycle is complete once the candidate finds his dream job at a top company and the recruiter finds the right candidate for the job.