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How to Build Your Job Search Plan

Finding a new job requires a strategic approach because conducting a successful job search takes more than reading job boards and sending out resumes.

Having a “strategy” to find a job means you have a plan to bring about your desired future (a new job), while efficiently and effectively using resources (your time and energy).

It takes time, energy, and information to strategize and navigate a job search targeted towards your career plan. You need to know the present job market, how to research employers, and utilizing career tools such as a cv, cover letter and networking cards. The point of organizing your job search is to help reduce stress during the job search process

Here are some tips that you can follow to find a new job.

  • Before starting a job search, getting to know more about who you are and what you're looking for is critical.

  • Ensure your job application is professional

  • Tailor your CV and cover letter: researching information on a company is essential for the right career move and your decision making.

  • Network Frequently

  • Target Desired Companies & Positions

  • Finding Job Vacancies

  • Practice your interview techniques

  • Continue to increase your skills and experience while you are conducting your job search—and even when you are employed

Pick a tracking system that works for you to keep track of which companies you applied to, when you submitted your application, what materials you submitted, and other important factors in the application process. I strongly encourage you to keep track of the time you spend each week on each job search activity so you can determine which activities are producing the best results and which activities are sucking away your time. Set weekly goals for what you want to achieve and monthly milestones for the next three months so that you’ll have a clearer sense of what you’re aiming for and a way to know if you’re on track or need to adjust course.

Following these few simple tips, you’ll be ready for a more organized and effective job hunt and in the meanwhile stay positive! Job searching is hard but also super rewarding when you get that job!

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