TO DO throughout your search:
- Set and re-set strategy; explore options to learn and connect.
- Tailor all communications.
- Communicate your tailored message: via job search materials, LinkedIn and other social media, at events, networking, interviews. In-person is best, then phone, then on-line (depending on your audience, of course).
- First, schedule time (daily or weekly) depending on urgency of search, time available, and how you work best:
- Plan like the job search is a job; set time for each task.
- How will your search fit into your life?
- Build in 15-30 minutes once a week to check in on your job search to-dos, priorities, and set a plan for the following week.
- List skills you have that you want to use on the job:
- What work environment/elements looking for:
- What are your interests and what impact do you want to make:
- What you want to learn on-the-job:
- Where do you want to work? Brainstorm possible….
- Write down goal(s)
One – three targets (ultimate, transitional, immediate). Format: What impact do you want to make, using what skills and experience, in what type of organization?
- Which goal are you planning to explore first? What are some small steps you can take to begin your exploration?
- What are the skill, expertise and credibility gaps you need to fill to get to your goal? Networking contacts can help you identify these gaps.
- How can you fill those gaps? Courses? Volunteer work? Perhaps another job before your ideal? Additional training or project work?
- Based on the items above, who can you talk to for Information, Advice and Referrals (IAR) to other organizations and people? What are some related professional associations in your location to get involved in to learn and to meet people in your area of interest?
- How will you keep track of the contacts you have made and the information learned? What is your plan to follow up and keep in touch with them?
- Plan to complete: 2-5 applications a week (tailored); 2-5 conversations or follow up actions a week.
- How will you stay accountable? To who?
- For interviews (glassdoor.com has many interview questions to help!)
- Appropriate clothes for different elements of your search
- Support- we all need it!
- Fun, health: build in time for both!
- What obstacles do you anticipate in being able to fulfill this plan? How can you overcome those?
Resources and Upcoming Events
- CareerOneStop www.careeronestop.org
- Massachusetts Career Information System http://www.mass.gov/massworkforce/resources/masscis/
- Motivated Skills Card Sort online ($12) http://www.careerplanner.com/Shop/ProdPage.cfm
- Personality (MBTI-based) www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
- Riley Guide www.rileyguide.com/assess.html (variety of assessment links)
- Job Search Skills http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/office-of-career-advancement/prospective-students/discover-oca/job-search-skills
- Energy & Environment Handout (geared to Harvard Kennedy School students, but with a useful list of resources for everyone): http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/office-of-career-advancement/alumni/explore-what-s-next-in-your-career/professional-areas-of-interest
- Make yourself ready for Planned Happenstance. Information at http://carleton.ca/cc/wp-content/uploads/Planned-Happenstance.pdf
Just a few…Events, local organizations, resources
- Boston Area Sustainability Group https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=4788147
- CityAwake, Boston http://cityawake.is/ (email newsletter includes many Boston-area events)
- Congress for the New Urbanism, New England www.cnunewengland.org/calendar
- Greentown Labs hosts events on related topics, greentownlabs.com
- Livable Streets Alliance http://www.livablestreets.info/
- Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter www.netimpactboston.org
- Massachusetts Clean Energy Center www.masscec.com
- USGBC Massachusetts Chapter www.usgbcma.org
- Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Boston http://www.ynpnboston.org/
- Young Professionals in Transportation, Boston https://yptransportation.org/chapters/yptboston/
- Using LinkedIn, the Basics https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/53724/bid/28/pid/27
- Explore using LinkedIn Alumni (your LinkedIn profile must have your education section completed, with the logos of the school you’ve attended on the right of the section): www.linkedin.com/alumni
- BLS Career Outlook information on a wide variety of careers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/
- Search for nonprofit organizations, volunteer work, short term projects at Idealist.org. www.hireculture.org, and many other sites (but start with targeting organizations and reaching out to them)
- How to Land Your Dream Job When You Currently Have Zero Experience in That Field by Graeme Austen, https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-land-your-dream-job-when-you-currently-have-zero-experience-in-that-field
- Three Ways that Volunteering Can Help Advance Your Career by Shannon Houde http://walkoflifeconsulting.com/2016/08/three-ways-that-volunteering-can-help-advance-your-career/
Published with permission: Amanda Peters @acpeters | 10.2016