Well here we are a year into the pandemic and finally a little light at the end of the tunnel! For some
that is. Because while it has been a tough time for all, there are still a lot of people out of work and have
been for some time. So I’ve created a quick checklist for those of you who may be struggling, wondering
why you haven’t found anything yet, or just want to be sure you are on the right track. This checklist
can also be used for those who may want to take the opportunity to pivot to something new. After all, I
think it’s been made pretty obvious lately that life is too short to waste doing something you don’t love!
The good news is that there are jobs out there, the key is to optimize all you do so that you stand out
from the crowd. First of all, you will want to figure out what has been working and what has not and
then ask yourself what are you afraid of doing or trying? Who can help you with your job search? Do you
have a viable career plan and are you following it?
Here are 10 quick steps you can do to answer those questions and to make sure you put your best foot
forward. I’ve included a few questions in each to get you thinking but there is a lot more you can drill
down to within each:
1. List your passions and check to see if you are you pursuing them
- Are you happy in your current career path/profession?
- What do you really want for your work & personal life?
2. Itemize your value
- What are your signature strengths/strongest skills?
- What makes you unique – what do you bring to an org that no one else does?
3. Clarify the industry, company & job you want to work in
- What are your top 5 job opportunities/prospects?
- What are the top 5-10 dream companies you might want to work for?
4. Update your resume so it tells your story well
- Do you tweak for each job description you go for?
- Have you included key words from the job description so it will get through the application tracking systems ok?
5. Optimize your cover letter to highlight your best strengths
- Is it customized to each new job you apply for?
- Why are you excited to work for that company and how can you build a connection with them through this letter?
6. Check that your LinkedIn profile will represent you well to recruiters & hiring managers
- Does it have the key words of the job descriptions you are looking at?
- Do you have enough contacts for effective networking on LinkedIn?
7. Create a networking plan
- Are you asking potential hirers for informational interviews?
- Are you reaching out to friends & colleagues to let them know of your career search & asking for help?
8. Create an interview plan
- Are you preparing for your interviews now, while you still have lots of time?
- Do you have 6-8 strong stories to tell that highlight the characteristics the job description is asking for?
9. Look for an accountability partner, friend or coach to keep you on task
- Do you have someone to help you make progress on your plan?
- Have you laid out daily or weekly tasks to ensure progress is made?
10. Make time for self-care during the job search
- How can you keep yourself motivated during this job search?
- Do you have a way to bounce back if you get rejected?
A job search is like a full time job in itself but try and keep in mind that all those nos just bring you that much closer to a ‘yes’, and it’s usually the one you’ve wanted all along!
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