finding the job you want
Do your research. Create a list of jobs, industries or fields that interest you. Set SMART goals. Use this popular mnemonic device to create effective goals
You may have heard of “SMART” goals. This mnemonic device was first mentioned in 1981 in an issue of Management Review. It was originally developed to help people set and accomplish given tasks and goals.
S is for Specific
By being as specific as possible in what kind of job you want (and why you want it), you can narrow down your options considerably. Read these two sentences and determine which is more specific.
I want to work in an office during the day, 40 hours per week.
Compare that to:
I want to work as a project manager, to fully utilize the leadership skills I previously gained. I want to work 40 hours a week, but am open to working more to get the job done.
M is for Measurable
M stands for measurable. In setting goals, it’s a good idea to create timelines that are realistic and measureable. For example, you can set a schedule where you will search for jobs every day during a three-hour window. Or you can set a goal of sending out at least four targeted resumes a week.
A is for Adjustable
The A in SMART goals can stand for a number of things — actionable, attainable, or adjustable. For your job search, focus on “adjustable.” If your job search is not going as well as you had hoped, scale it back, change your parameters, or otherwise adjust.
R is for Realistic
Take a good hard look at your goals — are they realistic for what you want, for the job market where you live, or even the national or local economy? Remember to be flexible — a part time job can quickly turn full time, or you may need to accept a job with fewer benefits than you wanted.
T is for Trackable
The T in SMART goals often stands for time-bound but for your job search, let’s us “trackable”. Make sure you stay organized and track all your efforts during your job search. If things aren’t working, you can go back and see what you’ve done and try to find ways to change the results.
What is networking?
Networking is very important to your career search. In fact, some would argue that more jobs are gained by networking than by cold calling or online resume submissions. The purpose of networking is to identify real job opportunities and receive referrals or introductions to target companies and employees through people you already know. Follow some of these tips to create a successful networking strategy:
Getting your job start
For most people, landing a paid, full-time job is the key step to becoming financially independent and self-sufficient. Here are some tips for launching a successful search: