Job Search Strategy

Developing A Job Search Strategy 


Developing Your Job Search Strategy

To keep moving forward with your job search, you need to have a strategy. You don't  need to have made any  final decisions – you may still be working on several possibilities. As you review your various job prospects, you should:

  1. Identify any gaps or discrepancies in your knowledge and experiences
  2. Explore what you can do about these – volunteer, take courses, find a mentor
  3. Identify a range of possible routes to your goals – part-time, full-time schooling
  4. Investigate ‘stepping stones’ for each route

Your Action Plan

Whatever your goals, whatever stage you are at in the decision making process, you are most likely to make progress if you break down the tasks you have to do into small steps and then identify the actions you need to take for each step.

Many action plans fail because the tasks appear too difficult. You may have several goals – but you need to break each down into a list of tasks. Set a timescale for each action – but be realistic – do not expect the impossible.

Firstly identify clear and specific goals – these could vary from ‘find a job as an editor in Publishing’ to ‘explore the training courses for secondary teaching in Scotland’ or even ‘revisit my responses in my “Prospects Planner” to narrow down my options’.

For each goal determine:

  1. What actions you will take
  2. How you will take action
  3. Who or what will help you
  4. Why you might not take action
  5. When you will take action


To your successful job search

Fran Watson

Fran Watson, Career Counsellor

P.S.  PM me for an Action Plan Checklist

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