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Job hunting is an investment you make, and as with any investment, getting clear on your objectives leads to greater return. I like to build a simple, one sentence objective each time I begin a job hunt, and in order to get to that one sentence, it's helpful to reflect on 4 things: Your skills, your needs, your location, and your timing. Let me show you what I mean. We'll take a look at a few sample, one sentence objectives together. First, within 2 months, I'll use my sales and presentation skills to be a global company's sales manager in Las Vegas.
Second, I'm a senior graphic designer, who uses the latest technology to build interactive online catalogs for NYC's fashion designer in October 2014. Both of these examples have all of those 4 characteristics, they list the skills, the needs, location, and timing. Let me show you what I mean. In the first example, the skills are that I'm gonna use my sales and presentation shops. My needs are to be a global company sales manager, location, Las Vegas, and the timing, within 2 months.
In our second example, my skills are graphic design, and building interactive catalogs. My needs are to be a senior graphic designer, who's using that latest technology. My location, New York City, and my timing, October 2014. For the purposes of this course, we're going to follow my fictional job search to get back to my roots in publishing, becoming a developmental editor. Developemental editors work with authors to craft their language and publish books or online courses, whatever the content may be.
It's someone who helps and author shape their words. We're going to create my one sentence objective together, and as we do so, I want you to think about creating your own one sentence objective. Let's get started. First, what are the skills you bring to a position? Where's your experience? What are you better at than anyone else? Are there degrees or certifications that make you uniquely qualified? Make a list of your years of experience doing each core function of your job.
I have 4 years of experience doing developmental editing work, and 5 years of acquisitions editing experience. I've managed author relationships for nearly 10 years, I obtained my PMP, project management professional credential, 3 years ago, so that goes on the list too. Go ahead and write your skills down next. Second, I want you to consider your needs. Do you wanna work in a small business or a large one? Maybe you wanna manage a team, or perhaps u wanna work by yourself, maybe you wanna freelance.
Do you care what industry you're in, or do you have a general skill, such as marketing, that applies equally well, whether you work for a design firm, or an education company. Consider how much you need to be paid. For the right job, you might take $50,000 a year, but you'd prefer 75. Know your needs, and don't be afraid to stick to them. This is your future you're planning for. Let's say, in my example, that my salary range is 45 to 50,000 dollars a year. I wanna work directly with authors again, and I want to shape content, and be very hands on in that process.
I also wanna make sure I'm using my project management and my editorial skills to the best of my ability. Third, consider location, I've worked remotely for most of the past 8 years, but I'm not in the office again full time. That might be a factor for you as well. Do you have to commute in everyday? Do you wanna work from a home office? Are you willing to relocate? Maybe you're already going to a new state with a spouse who got a new job. What kind of commute is acceptable for you? Are you willing to travel up to a certain percentage of your time? Take stock of your requirements here to ensure that you're targeting your search sufficiently.
In my case, I'm looking for a fully remote position I can do from anywhere in the world, no travel desired. Go ahead and write down your location needs next. Finially, I want you to give thought to your timing. Did you need a new job yesterday, or were you hoping to transition in the next 6 months? This is a really important factor, because it determines how aggressively you tailor your objectives. Having an aggressive timeline puts a creative constraint on your search. It has to be all of the above, plus available for you to start in the next 30 days, let's say.
If you're simply hoping to find a new position in the next year, you'll work at a slower speed. Write down your thoughts next. In my case, I'm looking to make this transition to a developmental editor role within 6 months. So now let's put together my one sentence objective. I'll show you what it looks like. Within 6 months, I'll work at a fully remote developemental editor job that uses my project management and editorial skills to create travel books. Next it's your turn, I want you to craft your one sentence objective and don't get caught up in the grammar or how you construct a sentence.
The really important thing here is that this sentence serves as the vision to guide your job hunt. It's a great statement to put up on the fridge, or by your home computer. It helps you remember your purpose, especially on days when you have the ups and downs that come with the job hunt.
Then take a quick workshop on applying for a job—from finding the ad to researching the company, tailoring your resume and cover letter, and submitting the application.
- Making a plan for job hunting
- Using popular job sites such as Monster, Simply Hired, and Indeed
- Networking and finding jobs on LinkedIn
- Using Twitter to search for jobs
- Scanning sites of companies you want to work for
- Approaching recruiters