Steps to make your job-search goals a reality
1. Clarify your job goals — and write them down
A clear set of job goals is the foundation of a solid job-search strategy. All your job-search efforts — from how you position your resume and online presence to how you prioritize your networking contacts — will depend on the goals you establish. Simply stating “I want a new job” is too vague. The more targeted your goals, the easier it will be to develop the right plan.
Once you know what type of job you want to pursue, write it down. You are 10 times more likely to accomplish your goals when you do this. Think beyond the job title and write down what your role would look like and the skills you’ll have to leverage in your next job. Document the industries you’re interested in and for which you are a good fit.
2. What is important to you in your next job?
Consider what you’re looking for in your next employer and the company culture. For example, are you hoping to work for a small startup in a collaborative work environment or would you be more comfortable working at a large, established organization that’s known for its employee perks? Ask yourself how far are you willing to commute or working from home is preferred. This information will help you focus your job-search plan.
3. Set a schedule to keep your job-search plan on track
Searching for a new job is a full-time job in itself. In fact, experts estimate that employed job seekers should spend at least 15 hours a week on their job-search activities and unemployed job searchers should dedicate double that amount of time. While these guidelines may sound great on paper, I’ll be the first to admit that they are not necessarily realistic for everyone. To make the most of the time you have available for your job search, I recommend setting up a schedule. Block time on your calendar every day and dedicate it to a particular job-search activity.
4. Ask for help
The job search can be very lonely. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. If you’re feeling stuck, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Ask me to help you
I will help you:
- create a personal strategy, time line and keep you on track;
- review your resume for each job posting;
- assist you in writing a cover letter that will make you stand out from the hundreds of letters HR will receive; and
- conduct mock interviews so the answers to the interviewing questions just roll off your tongue.