Friday, November 19, 2010

Develop an Action Plan

You have tasks and timeliness at work; you need to have them when you are unemployed as well. It will help keep you focused and you’ll be able to measure progress in a way other than if got a job or not (which should not be the measure of a successful job search). Some things to include in your action plan will be the items listed later. Further, you should include things like … how many people to have coffee with each week, how many jobs you're going to apply for, how much time you are going to spend looking online … etc…  And a word of advice, only spend 4 days a week doing your job search. It is exhausting work. Get up in the mornings when you normally would for work. Start working on resumes, cover letters, applications, your industry research, what you want to do, etc… By the time Friday comes, you’ll need a break. You don’t want to get burnt out. This doesn’t mean you don’t work hard at finding a job. Or that you don’t take on a part-time job to supplement your income. But you have to be in the job search for the long haul. Trust me, it will make you more successful.

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