Post Date: November 4th, 2011

Are you rushing through job search?

If you are, you’re not alone. Many people wait until the last minute to devise a career or job search strategy. While it is not an ideal situation you may find yourself in, here are a few things you can do to get out of this jam.

Build a Solid Foundation

Step one: Before you do anything else define a financial strategy that will take the weight of worry off your shoulders. You are going to need to put all your energy and focus on your career right now, so putting a financial strategy in place is vital to your success.

Step two: Get over whatever happened in your last job. You cannot change the past. You need your focus to be on the future. If you need help moving past the hurt, anger, frustration, my colleague Craig Dowden, Ph.D. wrote a very thorough post Dealing with Job Loss – Strategies for Moving Forward. With your financial and emotional houses in order, now you can get started on an effective career campaign.

Create a Career Calendar

Step three: Finding a job takes time. Carve out a minimum 5 hours one day to prepare for your job search. You will need to get your resume ready, your job search action plan together, and your head wrapped around what it is you’ll say when the interviewer asks you “Tell me about yourself.” Once your information is ready, it will be time to implement a strategy. You’ll need a few hours per week to do this.

Research, then Write Your Resume

Step four: Head to the public library or your local bookstore to pick up a copy of Best Canadian Resumes by Sharon Graham. You may also want to peek at Resume Magic by Susan Whitcomb. Both will teach you how to write a resume like a professional. Let me know if you need help with your resume.

Assemble an Effective Job Search Strategy

Step five: Compile a list of top 20 companies where you would like to work. DO NOT go to the job boards looking for the answer – instead do some research on companies where you would like to see yourself. Look, you could flip burgers if you really needed a job. Since you aren’t flipping burgers that tells me you WANT something MORE. Figure out what it is you want (the industry/position/company where you want to work) then pursue them with dogged determination!

Engage your Network

Step six: When appropriate, tell everyone and anyone you know, meet or come across what it is you’re looking for. Now, many people will say something very generic like “ya, umh…I’m a job seeker.” You have to be much more creative and specific than that. Be perfectly clear about what it is you seek. “I am a communications professional with 5 years experience in the healthcare industry and I’m currently looking for an introduction to the Communications Manager at ABC company” or something like that.

Good luck. Let me know how it turns out.

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