Before you make that first job search call or send out resumes, complete these four pre-search steps. By following these steps, you will gain valuable insight and increase your confidence in making career-related decisions now and in the future. And you will be ready when someone asks you “what do you want to do?”, “why are leaving your current position?” or “send me your resume.”
Step 1: Assess and Research
- Conduct a Self Assessment of your interests, values, knowledge, skills and attributes.
- Gather information on possible career options, including key skills and expectations for specific functional areas and industries. Tap into the resources available to you through the Walker Management Library.
- Utilize the Owen alumni network to learn more about careers, functional areas and industries. Connect through VUConnect or use the LinkedIn University sort feature.
Step 2: Discover and Evaluate Options
- Evaluate options in light of self-assessment and industry/market information.
- Develop a focus based on your preference for Function, Industry & Geography.
- Perform a gap analysis based on what you have to offer now and what employers seek for your career focus; establish priorities and set goals to address your gaps.
Step 3: Plan and Communicate
- Create your Communications Strategies Checklist, which consists of your Resume, References, Cover Letter template, LinkedIn profile, Email signature line, personal Business Card, Job Search Plan and verbal strategies.
Step 4: Keep Detailed Records
- Select and implement a method for detailing your job search activities, contacts, referrals and applications.