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The Process of Job Search

There is a method to the job search madness. And yes, there are specific steps you need to take in order to do this thing right!

What I want every person to understand is that there is a Six Step Process to Job Search (and to managing your career over the long haul).

  • Step 1: Assessment
  • Step 2: Research/Information Gathering
  • Step 3: Presenting Yourself
  • Step 4: Project Management
  • Step 5: Interview strategies
  • Step 6: Project Update

6 Steps to Success

I believe strongly in this process and the heavy emphasis up front on assessment and research, can make all the difference in the world.  This allows you to discover or uncover what you really want to do when you grow up.

Do you know what the job description for a job seeker looks like? You mean no one gave you a description of the duties and skills you need to be successful? Here they are! This is tough stuff!

job seeker duties


What do you think?  How have you planned your search?

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  • Donna Svei aka AvidCareerist October 3, 2010, 11:00 am


    What a terrific graphic! A picture truly is worth a thousand words. Thank you for distilling the entire complex, confusing job search process into a simple picture. I hope that your readers spread this far and wide. I’m doing my part!



    • Career Sherpa October 4, 2010, 5:30 am

      Many thanks Donna!
      I think the process can be confusing, where to start, what to do next. I created this because so many people didn’t understand the process. They would jump into search by “updating” their resume, blasting it onto job board and wondering why their searches weren’t working.

      Thank you for all of your support!

  • Ed Han October 19, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Hannah, I don’t know how I missed this, but I think this is superb! I’ve only discovered this blog entry today, thanks to Donna RTing it.

    I know a lot of people who should see this.

    • Career Sherpa October 20, 2010, 5:30 am

      Thanks again! Sharing is always a good thing. You could always sign up to get my posts via email…via feedburner.

  • Joe Jordan October 18, 2011, 10:38 am

    Hi Hannah,

    I’m working on the Assessment step – do you have a post, advice, or link to another post about integrating your passions into your job assessment?


    • Hannah Morgan October 19, 2011, 6:30 am

      There are tons of assessments and questions to ask yourself, aren’t there!

      Job-Hunt.org has a pretty extensive collection of tools and posts: Here is the link: http://www.job-hunt.org/career-assessments/career-assessments.shtml

      The most important part of the process actually happens once you’ve taken the assessment. Do the hard work after to determine where you should go next!