Staying Organized and Motivated During Your Job Search

August 04, 2021

Staying Organized and Motivated During Your Job Search

The job search process can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Preparing an action plan for your job search will give you structure and help to maintain focus during the process. The plan you create will act as a road map to your intended destination. The key is to set small achievable goals. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Below are 5 components that should be included in your job search action plan:

  • Job choice – Identify and list 2-4 jobs by title. Consider your geographic location. Enter titles into a job search engine, read job descriptions and identify core competencies.
  • Identify potential employers – Create a list of 20-40 companies that you would like to work for. Consider the employer’s mission, corporate culture and potential for advancement. Set up job alerts for these companies.
  • Create and prepare job search documents – Draft your resume, cover letter, list of professional references and a basic thank you note.
  • Check your online presence – Do an audit of your social media, especially LinkedIn, and update as necessary. Make sure everything visible is what you would want an employer to see. This is also a good time to make sure your voicemail message is professional.
  • Establish and feed your network – Brainstorm and make a list of contacts. Expand your network by attending virtual networking events, sending outreach emails or connecting with contacts on LinkedIn. Everyone you meet is a potential contact.

Your job search is an ongoing process and can feel like a full-time job. Create your plan and assign a timeline to each component to stay on track. Make sure you are taking time for self-care during this process. Do things that make you happy and help balance the stress of searching for a job.

Learn how to create a Job Search Action Plan and the timeline for these components in our Job Search Workshop and other career events. Register here.