The BEST job search tool is your personal marketing plan. This document lays out and prioritizes your job search. It enables you to focus your energy and activities in the right areas and to position yourself as someone who is a valuable resource and “must hire”.
This is what a personal marketing plan can look like.
How to build it
Define your preferred job titles.
By doing this you will better understand the different job titles being used today. Companies frequently call what you are looking for different names. You will want to have a large list of job titles. There are some helpful tools to use such as Onet and My Skills My Future you can use to construct your list.
This is optional. It is a good way for you to list the parts of the job you most enjoy doing and have been successful doing. For example, if you love the client/customer interaction part of your job, you can list that as a preferred function. It may be that being able to develop new processes or procedures is important to you. Maybe you thrive in an environment where you are able to develop creative solutions to problems. Any or all of these are the types of functions you can include. It serves as a way of differentiating you from the other people who do the same job. No two people have the same set of strengths.
This conveys the value you provide. It may be a shortened version of your personal branding statement or your elevator pitch. Whatever you say here is a concise statement summing up the problems you solve, how you solve them and who you solve them for.
Summary of Qualifications
This is a mini bio referencing the skills, experiences and talents that make you good at what you do and desirable by employers in your industry. It is not a laundry list of everything you CAN do. Nor is it a generic overview. This has to be very unique to you.
What are the skills you want to make sure you highlight? What do you know how to do that is important for someone to know. Be as specific as possible. This is optional, as any of the sections of this document.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Perhaps visually showing your career path will help someone connect the dots. Your job in this section, should you chose to use it, is to show the correlation between the various jobs/positions you’ve held. It is small and one of the least important parts of your personal marketing plan, in my opinion, of course.
- What industry do you want to work in?
- What size company is the best fit for you?
- Where would you be willing to work?
By answering these questions, you define and fine-tune your options. This is the criteria you will use to create your target list of employers. Every company on this list must fit the criteria you’ve established!
By going directly to the source of opportunities, you will hopefully get there ahead of the competition. You can find resources to find companies to add to your list in this post.
Learn more about how to use your personal marketing plan here.
Are you using a personal marketing plan? What has your experience been?