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Job Search Table Of Contents

As a part of job search preparation, this article discusses four (4) processes that are central to a successful job search. In this context, a process is defined as a set of repeatable steps, triggered by an event or by schedule.

Processes

  • Post-Event
    In the post-event process, this is where you organize and update your calendar, contacts, job logs and other artifacts with the results from your networking event. You will generally have a stack of business cards and/or other contact information that needs to be put into your systems. For example, you will update your contact list, send out LinkedIn invitations, set appointments on your calendar to follow-up and schedule one-on-one sessions, and record any action items and follow-ups from the event.
  • Interview
    In the interview process, there are before, during and after phases. In the before process, you’ll prepare yourself – proper attire, directions to the interview site, review your research on the industry, company and people, develop your questions and your interview checklist, prepare your leave behind packages and get to where you need to be with plenty of time to spare. In the interview, you’ll make certain your interview checklist items are addressed, ask your questions, express your interest, determine if there are any outstanding questions or objections for you to address, thank the interviewer, deliver the leave-behind package and determining a good time to follow-up for next steps. The after process includes the post-event process items, and additional steps for writing thank you notes and any other follow-on research or appointments.
  • Research
    In the research process, you study the industry and company to become familiar with them. For the industry you want to understand what the trends and innovations are, and what news is happening or being discussed. For the company, you want to understand their position in the industry, their financial strength and stability, recent events such as mergers and acquisitions, the management team, the organization within the company that you are likely to report to, and the people in that organization. Looking at company web sites, using the search engines, and asking questions to people in your network are great ways to get a sense of what is happening within your target companies.
  • Weekly Update
    In your weekly update process, you’ll want to review you job log, see if there are any items outstanding that need follow-up, adjust your calendar, add in additional appointments for you to conduct research, schedule additional networking meetings, do a personal lessons learned to see what else can be done to get closer to that next job. You’ll want to take those opportunities off of the table that have closed out, and add in additional opportunities that either pop up or that are your next tier of target industries/companies.

You made decide to create additional processes to help you with your job search, perhaps a daily update process or a job board update process – it’s totally up to you.

Getting your processes in place and operating give you repeatable ways to push your job search forward. By tracking your processes with the calendar and the job log, you’ll build a collection of data that will help you analyze the effectiveness of your activities.

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