Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Planning a Job Search

Setting SMART Goals

Now that you have a clearer picture of your skills and abilities along with your purpose and values, you can set SMART goals.  SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. For example, you may wish to set a goal of finding a job as an HR Manager (specific), including a minimum salary (measurable). To be achievable and relevant, the job must exist, and you must have the qualifications for the job. Include a timeframe of when you expect to fulfill your goal. 

A 30-Day Plan

You have to accept the reality that finding a job that is going to meet your needs and fulfill your objectives will take some time and likely require a lot of effort. If it is a job worth your time, there will be other people competing for the same job. You must be the best-prepared candidate. Successful job seekers design a specific plan for the first 30 days then revise the plan according to what has transpired.

On a calendar, list all the interviews you schedule for the month. 

For days on which you do not have interviews scheduled, you must dedicate your time to acquiring interviews. This will include applying for jobs online and/or in-person and networking. Other activities may include creating a list of potential employers to call and visit, revising your resume if it is not working as you expected, and polishing your interviewing skills by role-playing, reading books on the topic, and watching videos. 

The first 30 days give you time to form a daily routine of prospecting future employers, applying for jobs, fine tuning your resume, and asking for interviews. Each time you complete an interview, write down what you think went well and where you could improve next time.

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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