It's important to have a plan of action in your job search for a number of reasons. Firstly you need to develop a strategy that will help you achieve your goal. The plan will also make your efforts not only more efficient but also more productively. This means you not wasting valuable time. Having goals and set time frames will help you focus better with a plan instead of just 'winging it' which doesn't produce anything & you could also miss out on things.
We could go on and on about all the positives but in the end the point is, having a plan is not only the right to do but also the smart thing. Below are a few helpful pointers to about making a job search plan to help you. These are helpful guides and you can develop your own using the tips below. Developing your own plan that suits your needs is the ideal solution as we are all different and what suits one person, doesn't always suit another.
We hope the following tips can be helpful & useful!
- Map out your job search strategy before you begin. (What you want to achieve & how)
- Make sure you have the right resources to help in your job search (CV, cover letter, email account, social media accounts, LinkedIn account etc)
- Set daily & weekly objectives. Measure your effectiveness & progress weekly.
- Make recordings of all your appointments, activities & results.
- Prioritise your obligations
- Identify & research employers & organisations either that you are targeting or have interviews for.
- Make contact with others (networking) via phone, email, in person, online or at events.
- Follow up 10-14 days after you have made your initial contacts with new contacts.
- Schedule a few activities away from home each week or daily to get yourself out, into the community or to help you re-energise and focus.
- Always monitor the length of your job search activities to evaluate their effectiveness e.g. Is spending 5 hours a day on the computer helping & achieving results?
- Develop a network of people or groups who will help & support you during your job search.
- Review your plan often to see if it needs to be improved or developed.