Keywords, Networking, & Action Plans: A Career Coach Offers Tips For Getting A Job In Today’s Market
Next, Brady says it’s important to have an “action plan.” That’s more than just getting up and looking for a job in your pajamas over a bowl of cereal (as we mentioned before). It starts with a little introspection — “What do you want to do and what do you bring to the table?” Not only does this focus your efforts on things you’re actually qualified for, it sets you on the path to pursue your interests, which will be important for sustaining enthusiasm when the search hits a lull or doesn’t follow a smooth path.
“Lots of people start with, ‘I want to be close to home’ and that sort of thing,” says Brady. “Do the market research to see who needs what you have to offer.” That means reading job ads, but also trade publications and blogs covering the areas you’re interested in.