TimeOn Friday we talked about factors that can significantly affect the length of your search. This week I would like to expand on those factors and talk about how you may focus on these to shorten your job search time frame.

Clarity on your job/career target:

If you have done your homework, or have come to this program already knowing what you want to do, the exploration process can be fairly short.

If you do not know what you want to do, it is time to sit down and do some homework.  The reality is without a career/job target or plan you will end up doing what ever comes along vs a job that provides you a vocation that is authentic.

Refer to my website and use the blogs to help you identify your career/job targets, or sign up for the program.

Geographic Scope/Limits:

You may be someone who does not want to move out of an area or place where you live, you may not care where you are as long as you have the work you want.

If you are clear on where you want to work, this makes it easier for your job search.  If you don’t care where you work, I would encourage you to narrow your search to two to three geographic locations to help you stay focussed.  You can always broaden your location later if you are not finding the job you want.

Even if you don’t want to work outside an area, it would be an interesting exercise for you to search other locations, if only to compare the job market and salaries.  Who knows with the right skills you may be able to convince potential employers to let you work remotely if that is what you want.

Never forget they need you as much as you need them, so don’t be afraid to negotiate and push the envelope where it is relevant.  It costs you nothing to ask the question.

Tomorrow we will discuss:

  • Job searches in the same field vs career change
  • Size of existing network of contacts
  • Marketability of your skills
  • Market and economic conditions

If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for the full program, please contact me at Startafreshlife.