Job Search Roadmap

Virtually every job requires you to meet specific goals, expectations, mandates, and other targets. But since job search is foreign to most of us, planning is essential. Every hour of your daily/weekly search period should be planned and accounted for. Although you’re only accountable to yourself, be a tough boss!

Here is a set of 3 ground rules you should adopt and stick to.

Full-Time or Part-Time Search?

Rule 1

Job Search is Your Job: Just because you don’t have a job doesn’t mean you don’t have a job. Your job is to find employment, which means you should conduct your daytime (and nighttime) activities as if you were employed.

  • Get up and get dressed!
  • Work the time zones (there are four 8 a.m.’s and four 5 p.m.’s in the continental USA).
  • Consider joining Toastmasters International. (If uncomfortable speaking, it will help you during interviews and career.)
  • Schedule time around EMPLOYED people, they have jobs! (Business-to-Business events).
  • Plan the work; work the plan. (Create a game plan and stick to it)

Rule 2

Designate a Search Space : An orderly work place is essential. You become less efficient if you have to continually move, sift through, or put away your search tools.

  • Keep it clean (Your space will be visible during Skype interviews, so know in advance what will be in the camera’s view.)
  • Keep it quiet! (You can’t conduct a phone interview with noise in the background.)

Rule 3

Celebrate Every Win: Your attitude matters. No one wants to hire an "Eeyore."

  • Write down EVERY positive happening for review on a weekly basis.
  • Write every negative occurrence, read it once, then tear out the page, rip the sheet to shreds, and throw the pieces away (Burning the pieces is very rewarding)
  • Remember that you have people on your side.

We’ve given you a “Do List” of Ground Rules, so we believe we should include a list of counterproductive things you should NOT do, as well.


Do Not Do List

Don’t rush this process

  • Your search is a just like product's Marketing Campaign; a bad launch is costly.
  • You have only one chance to make a first impression.

Don’t take “Everyone’s” advice Every one thinks they’re experts, so a consider the source. Many well-meaning amateurs give BADadvice!

  • Search has changed. (A resume alone just doesn’t get it and forget the one-page resume nonsense too)
  • How long has it been since they had to search for a job?
  • Your LinkedIn profile is now more important than a resume since 97% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search source (source: Jobvite)

Don’t go to too many Career Events

  • Avoid Pity Parties. Accountability groups are great, but if they turn negative, RUN!
  • Network with employed people too
  • Avoid “Career Event Overload” (1-2 per week max.).

Don’t go to resume reviews

  • Once you’re satisfied with your resume, stick with it.
  • Everyone will have an opinion and will make suggestions. The pay of a professional resume changer stinks and the benefits are lousy!

Get to it!

The current length of time the average candidate in the United States can expect to remain in job transition is 40.5 weeks, or nine and one half months. That’s a mean number (pun intended for math majors). Let’s also assume that the above duration is based on people working their keisters off to land a new position. Don’t become a part of the high side of that statistic.