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Planning your Job Search

by Kim on May 19, 2016

The old adage is that searching for a job can be a job in itself…it is. If unplanned, your search may take even longer, so it’s important that you organize the appropriate steps to make sure that your job search is as painless as possible.
First of all, when someone leaves a job, it’s either voluntary or not. If you’ve been fired or laid off, it may seem daunting when you think about having to start over, so you may want to take a week or two to let your emotions settle a bit before you panic and start sending out resumes with no thought involved. If you are planning your own move, this may be a period of excitement vs. dread, but either way, you need to have a plan in place.
Before embarking on a search, take some time to think about what type of position you really want. Do you want to remain in the same industry? Change industries entirely, yet stay in the same type of role? Would you consider a step down just to work your way up? There are many choices, but once you decide, it’s time to do some research. Try to find out what type of openings are out there, what type of company you wish to pursue and what different roles might fit you. While research can be boring, it’s essential if you want a successful search that doesn’t drag you down because you didn’t plan properly.
Once you decide that, it’s time to hunt for your old resume that likely needs some work (if you can find it), especially if it’s been a while since it was updated. If your resume has not been touched in years, you might not know how resumes have evolved over the years or how lists of duties just won’t cut it in today’s highly-competitive market. You’ll want to target your resume for positions that interest you (and those for which you are qualified) while ensuring that your new executive resume highlights your key skills, areas of expertise and accomplishments. You also want to nix that outdated objective statement, writing a compelling qualifications summary instead.
Planning a search also requires a big time commitment on your part, so you really do have to treat it as your job. Make the time to search for positions that suit your background/expertise, get help with your resume if it is not selling you well and set specific goals to maximize your search efforts. When you realize that proper planning will likely be the difference between success or not, your search may not seem as intimidating as you realize.
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