Tips to help you plan the journey to your next job.
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“On the road again… Just can't wait to get on the road again.” – Willie Nelson
It's 6am and the car is waiting outside your house to take you to the airport.
Bag and briefcase in hand, you head out to the car for the beginning of yet another tiring business trip.
You think back to the beginning of your career when you could not wait for the time when you would get to travel for business.
A couple of too many trips later, there is nothing you would like better than to be stuck behind your desk with no travel at all.
Grueling as it all is, you are on the road again for better or for worse.
Traveling for business vs. looking for a job
I was on the road for several weeks not too long ago and it got me to thinking about the similarities between traveling for business and looking for a job.
Planning your trip (picking the companies you want to work for), airlines/hotels (getting to your interviews), business meetings (interviews), packing (resumes, cover letters, etc.) and at the end of it all, filing your expense report (negotiating your compensation).
Of course a lot depends on what inspired you to look for a job in the first place.
If you are really unhappy in your current job (not paid enough, not challenged, not a good place to work, etc.) then you've been proactive in planning your next trip (as in search for a job) and ready to be on the road again.
If you've lost your job, then your search is like one of those business trips from hell – you really don't want to go but really don't have a choice.
If you are like most of us, you think you know everything you need to plan your trip but don't mind a little help just to make sure you don't forget to pack something.
Let me be your travel agent
So here's what you need in your trusty travel bag:
All of us have our skill sets, but not many of us are experienced enough in job search to be able to put together an effective marketing plan. The first step in fixing this and getting on the right track is to admit to yourself you need some help (and there is nothing wrong with that).
How to Build a Better Resume
While not as important as your resume, your cover letter is typically the first thing a recruiter or company HR representative sees. If it is missing or poorly put together it is unlikely they will even look at your resume so it is important to get this right.
Your references can make or break you. They must be representative of your career and social networks. The general rule of thumb is to avoid relatives, but you should definitely leverage “friends of the family”. You also should have a fair representation of peers, subordinates and managers.
Networking for job search is underrated (and it certainly is not the Psychic Network). For some of us (like me) there is nothing I like less than “bothering” a former co-worker, friend, relative or business associate to let them know that I am out of work &/or looking for a job. There are, of course, many people who don’t have a problem with this.
Safe travels and good luck in your job search.
About the Author
Joey Trebif is a senior finance executive from the New York area who has extensive experience in job search and career advice. Joey blogs about career advice, job search advice and job search site reviews at CareerAlley and can be found on Twitter at @CareerAlley.
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