Conducting a Job Search

In Act II of Hamlet, Shakespeare writes, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” We can’t think of a more apt description of a job search. It can be stressful and emotional or exciting and rewarding … depending entirely upon your “thinking.”

dreamstime_m_9427248You may not believe us, but conducting a search can actually help you appreciate your own capabilities. If you prepare, set a plan, and develop a strategy for setting yourself apart, you’ll see exactly what we mean.

  • Identify your industry and functional areas of focus.
  • Prepare a thorough resume that can be adapted for your selected areas.
  • Identify resources available to you: professional networks; professional references; social networks; professional organizations; online job banks; and job listings.
  • Network, network, network, and ask for referrals.
  • Approach the highest level executive associated with the type of position you’re seeking; at the same time, don’t forget the HR person involved in filling that position—nourish contacts at all levels.
  • Send a cover letter with each resume submitted.
  • Follow up with a thank-you note for every meeting you have, even if it’s not an official interview.
  • Approach the job search as a full-time job with daily objectives.
  • Enlist friends and family as supports.
  • Have fun; build into your schedule weekend outings, family trips, movies and other escape times to maintain spirit and energy.