Do you feel like you’re stuck in a career with no direction or chance of growth? Are you ready to leave behind that dingy cubicle for a new job, but don’t know where to start? Planning an effective job search can be a meticulous and time consuming task, especially if you’re still working full time. Here are five tips to develop a solid plan that will help you identify and pursue the job of your dreams.
Start With Research
In order create a reasonable job search strategy, you must begin first with thorough research. It’s important to research two important topics:
What current career trends are circulation right now? Depending on what’s hot in the job world, you might decide that changing careers at this particular time is not a smart move. On the other hand, you might find a field that sparks your interest and realize you’ll need to pursue new certifications or advanced degrees to qualify for the job of your dreams.
If you already know what job field you’re interested in, the first step you should take in finding that dream job is to research what kinds of opportunities are open. Which positions are being filled quickly? Which positions are remaining open for extended periods of time? Again, knowing what the job scene looks like in your field is helpful when planning your approach.
Set Reasonable Goals
Now that you know what’s going on in your job field and know what kinds of positions are opening in your area, map out attainable, reasonable goals that will help you reach a successful career. Once you’ve charted goals, work on when and how you’ll achieve them. Consider the following questions when developing your goals:
- Will I need additional education?
- Who can best support me?
- What work do I need to do to prepare myself for a job transition?
Set A Deadline
Without a deadline, your career planning strategy will have no structure. Start by establishing a date when you want to be in a new position. From here, you can work backwards to break down the timeline into manageable segments. For example, set aside time for research, time for sending out applications, time for allowing companies to get back to you, etc.
Grow Your Network
Your network is one of the most useful resources you have when it comes to finding a new job. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and use this online social networking system to reaching out to contacts, offering others advice, and connect with people in your network who might be able to help you find your dream job. Similarly, reach out to any acquaintances who currently work the your field of interest. Even if they can’t offer you a job, they’ll be able give you advice, point you in the right direction, or spread the word that you’re interested.
Sharpen Your Skills
Lastly, make sure your job searching skills are polished so you can be as competitive as possible in the open job market. Brush up on your communication skills, fine-tune your interview skills, and make sure you feel confident in your abilities to go out there and get the job that puts you on the best possible career path.
Career planning can be simple if you follow these five steps. Why put your dreams on hold? It’s time to find the job you’ve always wanted.
Sue Gardner is a freelance writer who contributes content to multiple online publications. Recently, she has worked with ROI Call Center Solutions. Sue’s focus includes writing about career development and project management. Sue is committed to helping individuals learn more about developing professionalism and productivity in the office space.