3 Steps to Starting a Job Search

Career Blog

Published: September 23, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor

Conducting a job search can be a daunting task. Here are 3 steps to get you started.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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