A job search is daunting. It feels like a full-time job. And that 4-letter word FEAR always seems to rear its ugly head in the process. To ease our fears and reduce the chance of being overwhelmed by them, we need to get our ducks in a row and be prepared for executing an effective job search.
Not sure where to start? Take this quiz and see if you’ve got the pieces in place:
- Do you know what kind of job you really want?
- Can you clearly articulate what you want to the people in your network and to potential employers?
- Are you comfortable with and effective at networking?
- Are you consistently following up with your network and adding value to them?
- Do you know how to conduct an effective informational interview?
- Are you using social media to uncover employment opportunities?
- Is your LinkedIn profile 100% complete and reflective of the work you want to do?
- Does your resume highlight your accomplishments and clearly convey your value proposition?
- Are you tapping into the hidden job market or blindly submitting your resume to online job postings?
- Are you making it beyond phone screens and first round interviews?
- Do you know your value in the marketplace and feel confident about negotiating a competitive salary and compensation package?
- Do you have a realistic job search plan and goals that will keep you focused and accountable?
If you answered yes to:
0-4: Get help now. Chances are you’re in for months of spinning your wheels and hitting dead ends. Learn what it takes to conduct an effective job search in today’s market and take the necessary steps to prepare before you start applying. An upfront investment will pay off in the long run. Online research, reading books and working with a coach may help you a good deal.
5-9: You’ve got a good foundation. You’ve got the basics down but could still benefit from investing time into preparing for an effective search. Get that LinkedIn profile updated and working for you, get clear on what kind of role you’re looking for, and polish up your interviewing skills.
10-12: You’re in pretty good shape. Be sure to put a plan together to organize your search to keep you focused. And build checkpoints in along the way to assess your progress and make mid-course adjustment if need be.