Assessing your Strategic Search Skills

Running a search for a rewarding, satisfying job involves more work than you might initially imagine, and is far less likely to end quickly and to your satisfaction if you simply surf the web for job openings or apply for positions you learn of through marquees on the road side. Below are the elements of an effective search.

Evaluate the strength of your search skills, rating each of the following 1-3 (3 is high).

You have clarified the career goal you are searching for.*
You have researched the skills required by your goal and have acquired at least 80% of them.*
You have researched and identified key organizations where you would like to work.
You have identified your selling points, that is, the aspects of your background that are distinctive and particularly well-suited to the field, and have developed an effective elevator pitch.*
You have ensured your brand (résumé, online presence) showcases you effectively and positively.

You have identified people with whom you can network.

You have outlined a job search action plan.
You take a diverse approach to your search that includes a balance of face time and electronic postings.
You follow-up effectively with potential employers.*
You have realistic expectations in terms of what you are qualified to do and how long your search will take, and you treat your job search as if it were a full-time job.
You balance your search with activities that you find refreshing.

 

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