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Create a tailored job search plan that maps out five days of job search activities. Incorporate the activities that are known to deliver real results.

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Job Search Strategy

  1. 1. Your Job Search Strategy October 1, 2009
  2. 2. Approach the Job Search Like a Project <ul><li>Effective Job Searches don’t just happen </li></ul><ul><li>They require PLANNING & EXECUTION </li></ul><ul><li>Following a GOOD plan will yield GREAT results </li></ul>
  3. 3. A Job Search Strategy should reflect… <ul><li>Realistic Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Balance between job search and family </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons Learned – what works in today’s job market </li></ul>A Job Search Strategy should include… <ul><li>Clearly Defined Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Job-Search Activities every day </li></ul><ul><li>Specific Training based on your unique career objectives and background </li></ul>
  4. 4. Your Job Search Strategy Should Reflect What Works in Today’s Job Market <ul><li>Spend your time on activities that get results </li></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of Technology, not the other way around </li></ul><ul><li>Get good at NETWORKING! </li></ul>The Job Pie
  6. 6. The 5-Day Plan – Make it Work! <ul><li>Make the plan your own </li></ul><ul><li>Add time for follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Include time to exercise every day </li></ul><ul><li>Network, network, network!! </li></ul><ul><li>Each day can be different but the overall plan should reflect the Job Pie </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the house EVERY day </li></ul><ul><li>Attend networking events </li></ul><ul><li>Identify training gaps and add specific tasks to fill them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Forums </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include time to maintain your Marketing Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Include time to call and meet with contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Take the weekends off! </li></ul>Network Network Network Network
  7. 7. Suggested Networking Activities <ul><li>Call a friend and review your Marketing Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to first level contacts on LinkedIn who have contacts at your target companies, and request introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule a face-to-face with a contact at your target company </li></ul><ul><li>Call a contact who works in your target industry and request an informational interview </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer in your community and network within that group or organization </li></ul><ul><li>Attend an industry event </li></ul><ul><li>Attend networking groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry-focused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offer to take a hiring manager to lunch and share ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Call a colleague you met at Network For Work and continue discussions started at our events </li></ul>
  8. 8. Map Out Your Strategy <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Prof Branding </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Family Time </li></ul><ul><li>Home Improv </li></ul>Networking Is the Primary Goal Identify contacts at target companies using LinkedIn and send requests to connect Network 4:00 PM Update Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts Soc Media 4:30 PM Call two colleagues and schedule networking meetings Network 3:30 PM Kids home from school – help with homework Family 3:00 PM Laundry and vacuuming Home 2:30 PM Cont. Network 2:00 PM Call contact at Company B, reply to emails and follow up on leads Network 1:30 PM Review Discussion Boards on LinkedIn groups and comment Prof Brand 1:00 PM Walk Exercise 12:30 PM Lunch 12:00 PM Cont. Network 11:30 AM Meet John at Nashua Public Library for review of marketing plans Network 11:00 AM Call contact at Company A Network 10:30 AM Call Jason Alexander to update him on target companies and latest job applications Recruiter 10:00 AM Cont. Training 9:30 AM Take on-line course in web design Training 9:00 AM Research Companies where I applied for jobs Research 8:30 AM Review Search Agent results and apply to openings at Companies A, B, and C Job Search 8:00 AM Notes Activity Time
  9. 9. Another Example <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Prof Branding </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Family Time </li></ul><ul><li>Home Improv </li></ul>Networking Is the Primary Goal Google for articles related to my target industry Research 4:00 PM Update my Blog with facts I learned about industry issues Prof Branding 4:30 PM Cont. Network 3:30 PM Cont. Network 3:00 PM Cont. Network 2:30 PM Attend Networking Group Network 2:00 PM Cont. Research 1:30 PM Cont. Research 1:00 PM Go to library and search for new target companies based on marketing plan criteria Research 12:30 PM Cont. Network 12:00 PM Networking Lunch at Panera Bread Network 11:30 AM Cont. Family 11:00 AM Food shopping Family 10:30 AM Bake birthday cake for Peter Family 10:00 AM Call contact at Company X; Schedule networking meeting with 2 contacts from NFW Network 9:30 AM Review Search Agent results and apply to openings at Companies X, Y, and Z Job Search 9:00 AM Go to Yoga Class Exercise 8:30 AM Update Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts Soc Media 8:00 AM Notes Activity Time
  10. 10. Activity List <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiters </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Branding </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Home Improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul>Fit all of these into your weekly plan
  11. 11. Now it’s your turn <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Prof Branding </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Family Time </li></ul><ul><li>Home Improv </li></ul>Networking Is the Primary Goal TO DO: Fill in each day with a variety of activities TO DO: Make sure the overall plan reflects the Job Pie 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 3:30 PM 3:00 PM 2:30 PM 2:00 PM 1:30 PM 1:00 PM 12:30 PM 12:00 PM 11:30 AM 11:00 AM 10:30 AM 10:00 AM 9:30 AM 9:00 AM 8:30 AM 8:00 AM Notes Activity Time
  12. 12. Execute to the Plan <ul><li>Now that you have a strategic plan, follow it! </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible, but maintain the overall plan each week. </li></ul><ul><li>Networking can take many shapes – use them all! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry forums and events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family gatherings or Neighborhood outings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings with colleagues, contacts, or friends </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use EVERY opportunity you can to NETWORK, and then FOLLOW UP on every successful interaction </li></ul>Network Network Network Network
  13. 13. When you get home… <ul><li>Go to the Network For Work website </li></ul><ul><li>Log in and go to Tools and Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Job Search Strategy Template and Save to your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Enter the plan you have created today on paper </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the 5 Day Job Search Strategy </li></ul>
  14. 14. Feedback Good…. Better …. BEST