* Conducting an honest self-assessment – Make a list of your skills, experience, training, etc. Know what skills are currently in demand in your field or industry. Recognize opportunities for improvement and look for ways to improve skills.
* Create an ideal work profile – Know exactly what you’re looking for before you begin your job search. Research your industry overall and in your targeted geographic areas. Research similar industries or those to which you could easily transfer your current skill set. Be clear about your career objectives.
* Develop a strategic job search plan – Plan is the operative word. Don’t be haphazard in your job search. Educate yourself about effective job search strategies. Create and implement a plan that uses a strategic mix of job search methods. Set goals and track your progress. Create an accomplishment-driven, employer-focused resume – While you
are the subject of the resume, the focus should be on the needs of the employer. A well-written resume provides relevant accomplishments that speak to the needs of the employer rather than a laundry list of past duties. Each resume must be tailored for its particular audience.
* Prepare for a successful interview – Interviewing well is a skill that anyone can learn. Research the organization. Prepare for potential interview questions. Practice your responses to typical questions, preferably with a job search coach, friend or relative. Objective feedback is essential to your interview success.
Taking control of your job search will help you to remain focused, especially during periods when results are minimal. This is crucial because job hunters tend to lose motivation after the first few weeks of the job search. In a tough economy, you must remain completely engaged in your job search until you’ve achieved success.
The five-steps above are outlined in great detail in The Savvy Jobseeker’s Guide & Workbook (http://thejoblab.com/savvy.