Determining your job objectives is key if you want to land the right role. In this video, learn to write a clear one-sentence objective that covers the skills you bring to the table, the must-haves for the job, the location you want to work, and the timeline you’re working with.
- Any job will do if you don't know what you want or where you're headed. I know people who've sent out hundreds of resumes over months of job searching and nothing sticks. They get in a panic of not having a job or needing to make a switch and cast a wide net, hoping to catch something, anything. What happens is they don't get a lot of interviews and no one responds. I don't want you to make the mistake of applying broadly to anything remotely interesting, firing resumes out into the ether without a plan. Here's what we're going to do instead.
Figure out your job hunting objective. Take a sheet of paper or use the notes tool below and get ready to write. This is going to be one simple sentence that addresses four things, the skills you bring to the table, the must haves for the job, the location you want to work in, and the timeline you're working with. To identify your skills, ask yourself what's the core of what you do well and like doing? What do you want to bring to the table for your next job? What have people endorsed you for in LinkedIn or complimented you on over the years? Think about job must haves.
Maybe you only want to work remotely, or within a certain salary range, or in the healthcare industry. Make a long list here and know you can whittle it down once you get clarity on what's most important to you. Next, think about location. What's your acceptable commute radius? Do you need to be remote, are you willing to relocate? These are big decisions that impact your life. Finally, your timeline is key. Maybe you're passively looking over the next year, or maybe you need a job ASAP.
Get clear on how quickly you need to make a change, as it will guide where you apply. All of this is fodder for writing your objective and just getting it all down will help you decide what jobs are and aren't a fit. Here are a few samples that pull it all together in present tense with purpose. Here's the first one. Within two months, I'll use my sales and presentation skills to be a global company's sales manager in Las Vegas. Or, I'm a senior graphic designer who uses the latest tech to build interactive online catalogs for an NYC-based fashion brand this fall.
The really important thing is that this objective is your job hunting north star. It's a great statement to put up on the fridge or by your computer, and it'll keep you motivated and grounded through the ups and downs of job searching.
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Ready to find your next job? Learn how to prepare yourself for today's job market and land a gig that you'll love. Jolie Miller shows how to create a great job hunting plan that connects you with opportunities that mesh with your interests and goals. Jolie explains how to present yourself to employers in the best light with a well-designed LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letter. She explores how to tailor your experience for each job and for any special situations, such as layoffs, reentering the workforce, or switching roles or industries. Plus, she shares quick tips that can help you make a great first—and lasting—impression in your interviews, negotiate an offer you're proud of, and prepare for your first day at your new job.
- Setting job hunting objectives
- Writing a compelling resume and cover letter
- Tailoring your approach
- Finding the right jobs
- Reentering the workforce
- Identifying which of your skills are transferable
- Excelling in a phone or video interview
- Negotiating a job offer