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Follow These 5 Steps to Plan Your Jobs Search

Are you ready to start looking for a job? Maybe you are fresh out of college and ready for a career or deciding to take a new career path. Either way, plan your jobs search carefully so that you make the most of your time and find the right career for you. It's important, and a time saver, to create a job search plan and ensure you're going in the right direction. Use the following 5 steps to plan your jobs search:

Step 1: Make a Schedule and Determine Your Career Path

To start planning your jobs search, make a daily or weekly schedule of job search activities to keep you on track. Make sure to follow the schedule so that you have the best chances of landing your new gig.

If you have recently received your college degree, then you likely know what type of career you want. However, if you are unsure of what career is right for you or you are looking to make a career change, start your plan by taking assessments to identify your skills, interests, values or other traits. Visit OccupationProfessor.com to take the test today!

Step 2: Prepare Your Resume

After determining the career fit for you, the second step of the plan is to prepare your resume. If you are a recent college graduate, make sure to add your education, any work history, internships, and extra-curricular activities. For those looking for a career change, update your resume to show your current employer and job duties.

Step 3: Network

Once your resume is ready to be distributed, the third step is to get in touch with your networking contacts. Let them know what you are looking for and send over a resume. Attend job clubs or job search training sessions if they are available in your area.

Step 4: Explore Your Options

The next step to plan your jobs search includes exploring career options. Make a point to speak with a new person each day about your job search. They may know of an open position that you are interested in and experienced. Perhaps you have a list of companies you would potentially enjoy working for. Make sure not to choose more than 12 to 15 companies to target. Once your list is narrowed, do research on five or so of your favorites to figure out their value, culture, how they interact, and where they stand with competitors.

Step 5: Search for Jobs

The final step of planning your jobs search is to search for jobs. Attend job fairs when you have the opportunity. Browse online job boards for employment opportunities daily. Some sites even allow you to receive daily emails for jobs you may be suited for dependent on your criteria and skills. Also, don't just stick to a broad job title to research like "engineer". When you use O*NET OnLine and plug in engineer, you're given various other job titles like civil engineer, county engineer, design engineer, etc. The more precise you are, the better your chances.

Get started and plan your job search. Whether you are finishing your freshman year of college or looking for a new career, make the first step count and take the OccupationProfessor assessment today to determine the right career for you!

Want more information about online career counseling? Read our blog post about how to get the best data from online career advisors.

POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 2:52 PM (EDT)

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