Job Search Plan–Who Needs One? (You Probably Do!)

Before I go into any of the essentials regarding a job search plan, I want to share this:

P: Prepare–it works much better than being caught short. Persist–avoid letting yourself get distracted from the goal.

L: Leave no stone unturned–consider all the key aspects of your job search plan. Learn what you need to take into account to tilt the odds in your favor.

A: Anticipate possible roadblocks and get a jump on them. Ask for help when you need it–pride does not help your job search.job search plan-ducks in row

N: Negotiate support from others with a vested interest in your career success. Never assume you’re ready for your job search or have done all you can until you confirm you have all your “ducks in a row.”

Job Search Plan or “No Plan”

I love using quotes in my writing when I can. My favorite websites for topical quotes include the Quotations Page and Goodreads. I took the quotes below from Goodreads.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” ― Brian Tracy

examine your job search planOne of these people lived in the 19th century, while the other lives in the present day. However, both “get” the concept of having a goal, planning/preparing to achieve it, and doing the work required.

Without a job search plan, you leave the search to chance, and chance makes a very risky partner! Create a plan and look it over carefully before putting it into practice.

Never Believe It’s Too Late to Start

Although we’re near year-end, you don’t need to think it’s too late to start working on your job search plan. What’s more, don’t let uncertainty prevent you from launching preparations for it. Sooner certainly beats later, but later outperforms never!

Senior-level clients have come to me in mid-December because they’re looking ahead to next year and know they’re not ready. In other words, they know their career marketing tools need to be sharpened!career planning

They understand that career success depends on elements such as planning, vision, forethought–and action! You make the task harder if you jump into action without a plan. On the other hand, a plan without action goes nowhere. When you combine your well-thought-out job search plan with well-chosen action, you come up a winner.

P.S. Other than over the Christmas week, I’ll be around if you decide you want to get a head-start for 2020. Just call me at 508-263-9454 or email me at A Successful Career.

In the meantime, here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas (or whatever year-end holiday you might choose to celebrate) and a Happy New Year.Merry Christmas

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