Career Calling

January 29, 2011

What’s Your Plan A?

Filed under: Uncategorized — claycerny @ 3:15 am

The job market is still very difficult, so I think it’s a good thing to have a Plan B for a job search.  At the same time, many of the clients I meet ignore their strongest professional selling points because they think it will be impossible to find a job in their field.  They are starting with Plan B (or Plan C). 

Think about your career, the experience you have, and the skills you have developed – and want to use.  That’s your Plan A.  Target the kind of employers who need someone with your professional background.  Take some time to do this – at least a week.  Look at job postings and open positions, but you should also think about who needs your skills.  Use a search engine to find potential industries and employers.  For example, someone whose skill is business analysis and lives in Chicago should go to their favorite search engine and type: jobs Chicago business analysis.  Go through several pages of listing.  See what you find.  If this doesn’t work, try as different combination of key words.  Then, look beyond the computer and talk to people in your network.  Ask them for advice – ways to look for a job, rather than just asking if they know about any openings.  Look for strategy, ways to open the door. 

If you have trouble find open positions after following these steps, then it might be time to look toward Plan B.  However, sell your best skills – the ones you want to use – first.  Start with Plan A.

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