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Search Strategy

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Step # 1 Get organized

  • Identify career and life values, goals and objectives i.e. What sort of job am I looking for? Will I work locally or will I have to do a long distance job search? Who should I contact? What do I value in my work?
  • Realistically assess your interests, strengths and weaknesses, skills, and abilities etc. as you prepare for your search.
  • Update and revise your resume. Make sure it is scannable.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.

Step # 2 Research and understand employers’ needs

  • Visit the library and/or use the Web.
  • Identify and rank the largest, fastest growing, most profitable employers from large to small in your area, including start up organizations.
  • Obtain current information on businesses with sudden, intense needs.
  • Include both hidden and visible job markets in your research.
  • Identify your sense of worth including a salary figure/range.
  • Review annual reports of businesses you are interested in and other available organization information.
  • Check out job opportunities that are listed on the Web.

Step # 3 Talk with people who have just been through the process and other people you know
  • Visit with individuals from your personal and professional network; this can prove to be valuable in your search.
  • You can obtain valuable information by listening to others, i.e. interviewing questions, things you may not have anticipated and insight to preparing answers.

Step # 4 Pace yourself and stay with it.
  • Keep a written log of contacts, call backs and interviews. This will allow you to work more efficiently in your job search.
  • Develop short-and long-term action plans.
  • Seek feedback from significant others and monitor your progress.
  • Review and adjust your objectives and strategies as required.
  • Avoid becoming a job hunter whose searches are everlasting because they won’t work at a steady or manageable pace.

Step # 5 Make new contacts every week.
  • Identify, develop and promote your most marketable skills.
  • Consider videotaping a mock interview of yourself, this can help you to answer employer questions more concisely.
  • Be sure to identify new contacts to explore. Never allow your list of contacts to run low.

Step # 6 Follow directions thoroughly.
  • Be sure to follow directions when instructed by a recruiter/employer etc. as to how they would like information sent to them. Pay attention to what you’re specifically told. Ask questions, if you must.
  • Your ability and willingness to follow instructions are basic requirements for any job.

Step # 7 Be  persistent.
  • Don’t worry, everybody worth talking to is busy. To err on the side of not being a bother is to be jobless longer