3 Steps to Starting a Job Search
Conducting a job search can be a daunting task. Here are 3 steps to get you started.
- Have a clear focus for your job search so that you don’t feel like you are all over the place. Have a Plan A, Plan B, and a Plan C. Plan A is your first choice and your main focus. Plan B is the back-up plan. What else might you be interested in doing or where else do you see your skill set fitting? Plan C is the back-up to your back-up. If all else fails, what can you do to keep yourself working and gaining skills? For some people coordinating with a Temporary or Placement agency can be a good viable option.
- Work on your resume and ensure that it is up to date and ready to go when a solid job opportunity comes up. It may have been a while since your resume was updated, so that will be an important part of your action plan. Use the Resume resources, look at examples, and get feedback from others.
- Network with people in your field of interest and conduct informational interviews to gain information and further your networking contacts. This is the #1 job search strategy for finding opportunities. Refer to the Networking section here on the iSchool’s website for more information.
These 3 steps are a good way to get you started. Check out other resources in the iSchool’s Career Development website.