As you approach your job search, keep in mind that it is best to utilize more than one strategy. Following are a few areas to consider as you develop your plan.
An efficient and successful job search campaign is one where you develop a plan with a schedule for each of the strategies and steps you will take. Map out which activities you will do each day and stick with your plan. Your job search should be treated as a new job (part time if you're employed, but full time if you are not), which is far easier to manage when you give it structure and have a routine.
When you are employed, devote as much time as possible (relative to the urgency of your need to make a change); for example, this could be a couple of hours in the evening, a few lunch hours during the week and a Saturday.
Keep in mind that if you are strapped for time, there are many professional services (resume writing, recruiting, resume distribution) available to assist you.
If you are employed, don't let your job search interfere with your work. The search for your future position shouldn't jeopardize your current employment. And remember, when you apply using a current employer's resources (email, phone number, etc.), you are potentially sending a message (and not a good one) about your respect for your employer's time and money.
If you are unemployed, you can devote more time to your job search campaign. You will also need to work out a budget for essentials: food, housing, transportation, and job search expense. As you budget, keep in mind that the actual amount of job-search time varies greatly depending upon your occupation, experience and training, job market demand, and the strategies and resources you utilize.
If your immediate financial situation is urgent, you need to think in terms of a short-term goal to generate income as well as a longer-term career goal.
You need to:
A successful job search begins and ends with the right tools.
Regardless of your circumstances, conducting a job search is a challenging process. It is important to maintain a positive attitude; one important means of doing so is to have a support system. Beyond family and friends, professional and peer support can prove to be a valuable asset.