Updated: May 17
When you want to accomplish something, having a plan keeps you on track. And when it comes to something as important as finding your first job, coming up with a job search plan is your first step. It may seem unnecessary to take time to do this when you’re already busy, but it will actually pay off in the end. Here are some other reasons you should have a job search plan if you’re a first time job seeker.
Keeps your materials in order.
No matter what, you’ll need a few common pieces of information if you’re seeking a job. Resumes, cover letters, and lists of references are still used in today’s job searches. Part of your plan should be to have these updated and ready to go as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Checking in with a career advisor will help make sure that these documents are relevant to the jobs you’re seeking.
It helps to set goals.
As part of your job search plan, you should set measurable and attainable goals. This could include sending out a specific amount of resumes or applying to a set number of job openings. It could also include attending workshops to improve things like your interview skills. The key is to write down these goals and put them in your schedule as to-dos.
It gets you out networking.
You are likely to meet more people who will lead you to a job if you put it in your job search plan to network on a regular basis. Of course, this could include official networking events, but it could also include things like volunteering or joining a charity within your industry. Networking is really about taking advantage of any opportunity to talk to someone who might lead to a job. Don’t forget to use online sources too like LinkedIn.
Like with any set course of action, a job search plan is really a way to get you from Point A (jobless) to Point B (employed).
If this is your first time seeking a professional position, it may be daunting to look at all of the necessary steps involved with securing a job. This is all the more reason to sit down and make a plan. Hiring a career advisor to get you started is also a good use of your time and money at this stage in your career, so consider hiring one to help you set your plan.