Project Plan Job Search

Project Plan Your Job Search

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Are you struggling to stay on top of your job search? Do you need help in prioritizing your time?

It can be a challenge whether you are doing a search while working a job or in between jobs, juggling the time and tools it takes to get your next gig is an art form. I have discovered there are six key areas in effective job searches.

  1. Target
  2. Tools
  3. Timeline
  4. Tackle daily
  5. Talk your story
  6. Take the job

Today, let’s discuss timeline – planning your job search from beginning to end.

Timeline

As for a timeline for your job search, be realistic. If you are just getting started, most job searches are taking 6 – 12 months. The average for those unemployed is about 10 months. Though working with a coach will make this shorten, sometimes significantly. But don’t tell your coach at the end of May you want that perfect job by July.

Not going to happen for most people.

Job transition takes time and a whole lot of thought but it doesn’t have to wipe you out.

First off, all job seekers should have a project plan developed for their search. It can be as basic or elaborate as you want it to be. The key is to have one. I have seen too many of my clients come to me for one area of the job search but then flounder horribly in the time management and planning aspect. This is usually the area we tackle next. Below are some of the tools I utilize with my clients.

Attached are two documents. Pick the one that feels best to you and how you work.

The key to planning your search is to plan. Sit down and write out the steps you will take and when and how. If you have no idea how to do this, call me. We can talk it through.

Write the tasks in the left column. Break them down to as small a step as you can, as in  project Plan two or in more general terms but still a functional task, such as in project Plan one. All tasks listed must be defined enough to be able to be checked off all by itself.

Job Search Project Plan 1

Tasks Due Date Completion
First draft of resume 9/14 9/15
Second draft of resume 9/20 9/20
Final edits of resume 9/22
Networking into top 5 companies On-going

Job Search Project Plan 2

Action Items Duration Who Wk. 1 Wk. 2
*Clarify Target*
- Decide on job search goal/target 2 weeks Me
- Establish milestones 1 day Me
*Strategy Development*
- Develop long/short-term strategy 1 week Me/Coach
- Research & review job search tactics
- Choose tactics to be used in campaign
*Create List of Potential Companies*

Note: On this plan, the weeks can go out as far as you want. So it breaks the search down by weekly segments. There is more detailed plan which ensures a step is not missed or overlooked and that all chosen steps are assigned to the appropriate parties.

I think you get it by now.

You have to have a written job search plan and to take action on it. Next up – tackle daily.

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Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams, founder of Fresh Air Careers, is a certified career management coach and job search strategist, specializing in helping young professionals transition.

One comment

  1. I am currently employed in a 3/4 time position. I find grants to cover the last 25% and have been looking over the last three years for a management position. I did not look regularly. And only applied for a couple of jobs. I came in second on two interviews. Last summer had one serious possibility, but they would not cover insurance or benefits. So, I rewrote my resume using Careerealism information and devoted more time to finding a full-time position.
    Horticulture is a field so highly specialized that my problem is over qualified because I have been at this career for 25 years and then in some ways because I did not get a public garden management degree which some of the jobs require. So I am also up against more qualified people. However, I have the experience and knowledge. What would you suggest? I have sought advice for other professionals in the field who have reviewed my resume and they feel, I need to just keep on top of new openings. They have also said, I have fundraising and grant writing as a plus that others do not have. In addition, I have seen resumes in my field where the job applicants did not put any dates by the jobs or time? Is this a good suggestion? That is not how mine is currently. Should I be doing that?

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