Just as the competent sailor must select their destination in order to have a successful voyage, so must the productive and efficient job seeker know what is a right work opportunity to identify, proceed toward…and secure! While this seems like an incredible over-simplification, mere ‘common sense,’ it is knowledge that eludes most unemployed people. You see, when you’re employed you tend to assume that your employer will help you to navigate those ‘next steps’ in your career.
Ah, but when you’ve lost your job, your fellow employees, and your employer… WHOA… the rules seem to have changed!
While the sailor’s journey could be defined by its destination, his success is determined by the course he selects, and, most significantly, having an appropriate ship to make the passage as smooth as possible.
In Steps #1 and #2 of our 12-step process we learn to assess (know the features of our ship) and set our objective (select our destination and course) so that we can develop a GREAT Resume, one that allows our future employer to help navigate our journey, thus we embrace the OTHER job market!
Right Resources for An Effective Search
In Steps #3 through #7 we assemble supportive ‘tools and resources’ for the job search ahead (a competent sailor ‘provisions’ his ship for the journey)… the most important of which is having a plan, a Personal Marketing Plan (our charted course to get us to our destination)…which is Step#8.
3. Develop Personal Marketing collateral materials (Resume, etc.)
4. Test Market with References
5. Branding via social media (LinkedIn ‘footprint’)
6. Basic market research to determine trends and targets
7. Determine potential marketplace (your initial contact list)
8. Develop your PMP (chart your course)
Eight out of your 12 Steps and you haven’t even left the harbor yet!