Job Search Plan
|June 5, 2008||Posted by admin under DIRECT - Target/Resume, POSTS|
Job Hunting – Create a Plan by CareerOneStop
“Looking for a job? Your first impulse may be to grab the help-wanted section or surf the Web for job ads. But your job search will be more effective if you first take the time to create a plan.
Keep these two job-hunting truths in mind:
Job hunting takes time. Whether you’re currently unemployed or working 50 hours a week, it’s important to commit as much time as you reasonably can to job search activities. Read more about setting a job-hunting schedule.
Job hunters need goals and a schedule. Job search scheduling and goal setting should be done daily and weekly. For example, block out the hours you’ve committed to the search and identify what you plan to accomplish. If you set 9-11 a.m., Monday, for library research, your goal could be to identify 10 new employers you can pursue. Tuesday’s goal could be contacting the 10 new employers you identified Monday. Tuesday, 1-3 p.m., may be scheduled for making direct telephone contacts. Be realistic, but challenge yourself.
First, don’t panic. When you’re faced with the prospect of an unexpected job search, you’ll need to act deliberately — not just fast.
By TODDI GUTNER Special to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Ramping up to land a new job quickly after a layoff, a downsizing, or company relocation takes thoughtful planning despite the urgency of the task. More professional and middle managers have been laid off since March 2007 than in the previous three years, according to Right Management, an outplacement and career transition consulting firm. “The trick to a successful transition is not to panic,” says Doug Matthews, President and CEO of Right Management. “You don’t want to hit the market in a chaotic fashion,” he says.
Take stock of your finances
Create a planned job search strategy
Determine your market worth
Practice your pitch
Polish and post your resume
Network, network, network