Here is a quick must have list...
1. Companies You Want to Work For
This is the most important item on your list and must be given a lot of thought and research. Don’t overwhelm yourself, a list of 10 to 15 companies should be the starting point. Use LinkedIn to research the companies. In Microsoft Excel, add the following items in the columns; Company Name, Website, Phone Number, Contact Name (if you have one), Contact Email, URL to their Job Page and comments (to add reminders for yourself).
This list will help you set the direction and pace of your search.
2. People You Know
Many job seekers overlook this very important aspect of job search; your existing network! These are the people in your friends, family, colleagues, ex-colleagues and alumni segment. Don’t let the ‘cultural-norms’ become an obstacle in your career. Reach out, connect, network and seek their help in finding the perfect career opportunity.
3. Invest In Yourself
The golden rule is that you come first! So leave no chance to invest in your personal & skills development and growth. As long as you are growing, you are going. Here is a list of top 20 books worlds most successful people recommend you read:
Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
READY FOR YOUR NEXT INTERVIEW?
Job interviews can be nerve wrecking. You don’t know who you are going to meet and what questions are going to be asked. Plus you only get ONE chance.
4. Personal Planner
It is important to consider each day as a new start. There are bad habits that you want to give up and leave behind. Add them to your list. At the same time write down things that you need to do that have been ignored; write a book, become a social media influence, work-related or personal goals, …. Remember, if it is not written down, it will not happen.
5. Skills to Learn
Learning never ends and is directly related to professional & personal growth. Start making a list of skills that you want to acquire; web development, cooking, digital media professional,…. and start acquiring them.
Create a list of “your core competencies, the things you can build your success on.” This has several benefits (other than a confidence boost). For starters, it’ll help you really focus on what sets you apart from others when you’re writing cover letters, your LinkedIn profile, or your personal website copy. It’s also a good gut check—if you realize that your current job rarely lets you utilize your top skills and abilities, it might be time for a change.
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