For a job search to be successful, you need to have a strategy. It’s a full-time job getting a job and having a job search plan is essential.
The job search strategy should include:
- Where do you want to work? What is the best location that has the most commercial opportunities for you.
- How long are you prepared to commute to this location? Will it be an east travel to work or one that involves stress, lack of seating and change of transport? Is this what you want?
- What type of role are you looking for? Not just the job content but do you want to work full-time, part-time, flexibly or on a temporary contract? What will best suit you?
- What do you ideally want to do and what can you do? Be realistic in your job choice. How would you position yourself and what’s your USP?
- Is your next role one step up or is it a sideways shift to gain more experience before taking the next step up? [pullquote]Focus on your job search and be clear about your career path.[/pullquote]
- Have in mind the ideal salary and again, be realistic about what you are worth.
The final piece of advice is to keep a good accurate record of your strategic job plan. Commit to file an action plan too. Keep spreadsheets to monitor your job search progress, where you register with agencies, when you apply for jobs, research you have done and when and by whom you are interviewed. It will make positive reading when you recap on your progress.
Job search is a job in itself. Having a specific plan of action will increase your chances of successfully finding the right job.
You’ll find a FREE JOB SEARCH STRATEGY PLANNING CHART to download here on the website.
A similar post to this was first published on LinkedIn.