Job Search Planning
Create and Implement a Winning Job Search Strategy - Part 1
In general people spend more time planning a holiday, party, wedding or buying a car then conducting a job search. Let’s take a holiday for example, just think about it, hours spent looking at destinations, comparing hotels, finding the cheapest flight, booking day trips, organising foreign exchange, even looking up the best airport lounge. Buying a car also involves some serious planning, researching the best options, looking at safety features, colour, petrol consumption, vehicle loan applications and affordability and so on. You get the picture.
Why then is it that people don’t get as enthusiastic about job search planning? After all this is your career, this is where you’ll spend five days a week, eight hours a day or more. This is how you’ll earn the money to pay for the car, holiday, party, wedding or even a house. Most people expect someone else to take over their job search or help them out with a few ideas. Perhaps they’ll look at the job ads, or ask a few friends to keep an eye open for job opportunities, contact a couple of agencies or generally look at the job boards and LinkedIn. This kind of superficial attempt at job searching usually does not result in securing the ideal job, it often translates into months of fruitless searching or taking the only job offered whether it’s right for you or not.
There is a better way, PLAN YOUR JOB SEARCH, more thoroughly than you plan for any other event.
Let’s look at how this works; first you need to define your ideal job so you know what to aim for.
Consider aspects such as job title, level, what you’ll be doing each day, what type of company you’d like to work for, what industry you aspire to work in, where you want to work, what career development you’re expecting, what you “realistically” would like to earn and what type of company culture you enjoy. Do you prefer to be “on the road” or “desk bound”, working the numbers or communicating with people? This exercise takes self-reflection and careful thinking and the result should be a written definition of your goal “your ideal job” with a deadline date.
NOW, using a mind map or a list write up all of the sub- goals and tasks that you believe will help you secure your ideal job. For example preparing a winning CV is a sub-goal and collecting all of your documents and certificates together, working out your work history dates and writing up your achievements are tasks.
Job search activities like networking, responding to ads, dealing with agencies, researching companies, using the internet and social media for job search and preparing for interviews are all sub- goals and require a set of planned and prioritised tasks with their own achievement deadline dates.
Once you have completed this process you’ll have a clearly laid out job search plan which will help direct your activities on a daily and weekly basis. Actioning this plan is empowering, each time you tick off a task and complete a sub goal you’ll feel a sense of achievement and the security of knowing what to do each day to securing your ideal job on the date you’ve set for yourself.
So, if your job and career development are more important to you than arranging an event or social activity, be sure to PLAN YOUR JOB SEARCH well.
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