There are a lot of super resources on the internet for job search help. And I will agree, it can be overwhelming. This post, and the others written by the experts of Career Collective (down below) will help you sift through the data to find the most useful tools for your toolbox.
My all time favorite tool for building a successful job search and keeping you on track is the MARKETING PLAN.
Your Marketing Plan lays out the following:
- Functions you excel at
- Statement of your benefits (summary of qualifications or elevator speech)
- Market preferences (industries, geographic locations, size of company)
- List of target companies
Creating this document is going to help you clarify where you want to go to prevent the “spray and pray” approach to selling. You have targets!
However, you will need to explain to your specific audience how you want them to use your plan which you have placed in front of them. The HOW is dependent on whom you are speaking. Here are some different scenarios:
Ask them for additional job titles they have seen that are similar to what you do “What else are they calling what we do out there?”
Ask them to provide you with names of people they know in your target companies “Do you know anyone I could speak to at any of these companies? I am looking for information on what it is like to work there?”
Someone inside a target company:
Ask to have them review your summary of qualifications/elevator speech. “Do you think this background might be of value within your company?” and/or “Does this sound like something your company might be interested in?”
Hiring Manager or above:
Ask them where they think your background may be of value “Where do you think this background might fit within your company?” “Do you know any other companies that might have a need for this type of experience?”
To fine tune your plan, understand the various job titles and required skills. Visit these two sites for additional help:
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