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Job Search

The Job Search is a work project just like most other work projects you have planned and completed in the past. The plan includes your desired outcomes, priorities, milestones, and the required tools, methods, and other resources (especially your time) for completion.

If you are unemployed, you should be spending 35 hours a week on your search. If you are employed, spend 15 hours a week to get some momentum going. If you spend only two or three hours a week on your job search, you may complain that you have been searching forever, when actually you have not even begun. If you are employed, you can do most of your job hunting in the evenings and on weekends—research jobs and organizations, talk to people, and write cover letters and follow-up letters. You can even schedule your meetings in the evenings or early mornings.

Some scientists feel they don't have time for this, and simply want to click the “send” button and go directly to job interviews (usually through answering advertisements or using search firms). Others want to skip the self-assessment process (see My Career Plan) or don't even select targets for their search. Their job search campaigns are often weak and long because they have no foundation.

Based on your foundational work in self-assessment and exploration, you should be able to develop a plan for this specific job search. Specific tasks, tools, and techniques are provided in this section to help you develop an effective job search plan. 


Sample One Year Plan  |  CV  |  CV to Resume  |  Cover Letter  |  Interviewing

Core Message Statement/"Elevator Pitch"  |  Resources
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