New Canaan CaTS

Career Transition Support Group

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Your Job Search Management

A successful job search is a mix of many different activities--  research, letters, networking, phone calls, e-mails, and personal meetings.  It is critical that you recognize what needs to be done in order of importance, and that you get it done.

 In and of itself, your job search IS your job.  It should be treated like one!

Write down prioritized weekly goals:

  • Critical job search activities
  • Networking groups
  • Personal meetings
  • Telephone calls
  • Number of personal contacts to be made

Set a daily schedule and stick to it
Work to achieve your weekly goals
Work a full day with fixed hours--  8 AM to 5 PM

  • Mornings--  internet / snail mail / e-mail / research
  • Afternoons--  networking / phone calls / interviews

Begin on schedule and end on schedule
Avoid unproductive activities
Take finite breaks for exercise or recreation
Monitor progress against your weekly goals

  • Which goals were accomplished?
  • Which goals were not accomplished?  Why?
  • What are the barriers that are keeping you from being more successful?

Determine a single way to work smarter every week
Establish a dedicated work space where you can pursue your search

  • Quiet / away from distraction or interruption by others
  • Not for use by others
  • Personal computer
  • Separate phone line or cell phone


Other suggestions

  • No bathrobes or sweat pants--  dress like a business professional
  • Don’t stop with the promise of an offer--  it might fall through
  • Allow yourself a job search budget for outplacement, career consulting help, e-mail blasts, seminars, internet memberships, etc.