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You Need a Plan for Your Job Search

We all know that searching for a new job can be horribly frustrating, An action plan can alleviate that frustration. That action plan should be based on S.M.A.R.T goals.

What are S.M.A.R.T goals?

S.M.A.R.T goals stands for:

S - Specific or Small - small enough to accomplish in one day or a similar short time frame

M - Measurable - You should track your goals

A - Attainable - Your goals should be attainable for you. An attainable goal for a web designer could be to sign up access to the video library at Lynda.com in order to obtain more marketable skills.

R - Relevant - Your goal should be important to your job goals right now.

T- Time bound - You should set a specific deadline for the accomplishment of each goal

S.M.A.R.T goals are effective because they allow you to accomplish something small every single day. It’s the same principle with making your bed every morning. By making your bed every morning, you get to start your day off by accomplishing something. This sense of accomplishment motivates you to accomplish other things throughout the day. By breaking the often overwhelming task of finding a new job into smaller goals, that you can work on every day, you are constantly motivating yourself.

So What Does it Look Like to Apply S.M.A.R.T Goals to Your Job Search?

One of the most invaluable tools needed for your job search is a resume. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the thought of writing your resume or even compiling information from your job history, you can break this task into S.M.A.R.T goals that you could accomplish over the course of a week.

Monday - Make a list of all the positions that you have held in the last ten years. Include the name of each company, your job title, dates of employment, and your day to day job responsibilities. Also list your education, including relevant courses.

Tuesday - Research a template/format for your new resume. There are custom formats that you can have for free or you can purchase one through Etsy. Also compile a list of keywords to include in your resume. You can find keywords by googling keywords for your industry or for your target job title. You can also search through job ads for keywords.

Wednesday - Begin to type your job history and education into the new template of your resume.

Thursday - Compose your executive summary. Remember executive summaries should let potential employers know how you will add value to their companies.

Friday - Ask someone to read over your resume and make suggestions for revision,

Saturday - Revise your resume and proofread it one more time.

S.M.A.R.T goals help you break down the overwhelming task of finding a new job into small goals that you can accomplish everyday. This will keep you motivated as you take the next step in your career.