Do You Have an Organized Job Search Process?
By Sandy Prock M.Ed. (Master’s in Education – Counseling), JCTC (Job and Career Transition Coach), Co-Owner of www.expertexecutiveresume and, serving clients locally, nationally and worldwide.
In a recent article in a well-known business publication I came across some interesting information for executives. Sometimes the best information is found in new places. For instance, in this article it was stated that when things don’t go as we may have wanted, sometimes it is because we may have missed a step in the process. This implies that it helps to think ahead and create a strategic plan.
Bingo, yes, that makes sense and you can apply that to your job search.
Do you have a specific plan, and daily sequences and steps that you take daily as you look for your new position? Use the following checklist as a catalyst to get you started, then brainstorm and add any of your own ideas for a daily routine that fits and works for you. Effort and time do make a difference and will help you land the job of your dreams. Most people only send a resume. If you do more, you will be ahead of the game.
*Make sure your resume, cover letter and other job search documents look as good as you do.
*Create a notebook with the following categories:
-To Do List
*Daily – Weekly – Monthly
-Create a Calendar to make and set appointments
*Mark dates when to send resumes/cover letters, follow up and thank you letters
*Arrange and note follow up meetings
-Set Daily Goals
*Check off daily goals achieved
*Reward yourself with a well-deserved pat on the back - add to your inner bank - feel like a million bucks as you achieve your daily goals
-Research Companies that Interest You
*Record name and address of company
*Record the names of hiring executives and anyone you meet (make sure you have the spellings correct, ask if you are not sure, or call to verify correct spelling and to see if the hiring executive is still holds that position) 
*Notate dates you interviewed and notes of conversations and   names of people (again make sure you have correct spellings of names, try and collect business cards)
*Record questions you have about the company
*Record potential problems or issues you think the company may be facing
*Write about your possible solutions, utilizing your strengths
*Notate how you have solved these problems in the past
*Notate what the past problem was and the specifics of how you solved the issue
*Create a list of detail             
*Create your answer in story telling form
*Post pictures of company if you can find them on the Internet 
*Create your job duty wish list for this company
*Notate the average salary for your positions in this company and compared with other companies - Benefits etc.
*Do not discuss salary, benefits, bonuses, etc. early on in your interviewing process
*Brainstorm your background, talents, abilities and skills. Know yourself inside and out.
*Research and study possible interviewing questions
*Write out your answers
*Take notes from latest interviewing and job search strategy books
*Check out the library or go to Barnes and Noble
*Practice interviewing with your spouse or trusted friend
*Note things you want to work on
*Note your strengths
*Interviewing strategy  
*Keep handy your current, up-to-date, polished and well written Resume, Cover Letter, Follow Up Letter, Thank You Letter (Take several copies of your resume and other job search documents with you to your interviews. Make sure you hand each person you interview with the documents they need to be on the same page as everyone else in the room. It is to your advantage for people to have in their possession your resume, or any other important job search documents)
*Brainstorm ideas for you new position and your ideal job environment, including creating a job search profile based on your strengths
*References and Networking Possibilities (Correct spelling and addresses
However, one more idea to consider – you can do your best in preparing and still experience a misstep. Don’t worry. Life is not perfect and never will be. Consider happy accidents as part of the process too. Trust in the process, including the inevitable mistakes and mishaps. Learn as you go and most important - be kind to yourself.
We hope these few ideas start you moving forward in organizing your job search.

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