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The First Things To Do When Out Of A Job

This is a guest post by Robin Schlinger about job search first steps.

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If you are recently unemployed, you are probably feeling overwhelmed by the job hunting task in front of you. Many folks panic when they first leave a job. It’s important to develop a road map and a plan to find the next job. Here are some suggestions to answer the question, “What are my job search first steps?”

Determine your career goals

You cannot apply for “any job.” You must focus your energies (and your resume) on the job you are qualified for and that commands your interest. It will help you to assess what you have done, your values, your interests, your skills, your requirements, and your accomplishments prior to conducting a job search. If you focus your search, you will generally spend less time to find a job. This is a critical FIRST step that many job seekers ignore. If you ignore this step, your job search will, in most cases, take much longer, since your search will not be focused. You may also want to select a platform for tracking your job search.

Conduct informational interviews

This is one of the important job search first steps. Before applying for a job, research. Informational interviews, where you ask folks about their jobs—not looking for a particular job. This will help you while you are determining your career goals.


One of your job search first steps is talking to colleagues, professional peers, members of your industry’s business groups, and anyone you meet at networking events.

Select a job to apply for

Pay attention to the job requirements and duties—if you cannot provide examples from your experience that show you meet these, move onto the next announcement. In addition, companies are more interested in your past few years. Not your experience from many years ago. You may need to fill in gaps so you have experience that meets the job requirements.

Prepare a professional resume

Ensure your resume reflects your current skills and accomplishments. These need to show how you meet the requirements for your career goals and job announcements. They are easy to read by an Applicant Tracking System. And they can be easily tailored to advertised job requirements. If you need more information on Applicant Tracking Systems, see. Be sure your resume has no errors and is in a modern format. You will need to effectively convey your accomplishments along with your skills to be selected for an interview. If you need help with this, you may want to seek a professional for help with your resume. The investment you make here in a professional resume can pay itself back quickly if you get a job even just a week earlier.

Get comfortable with your computer

You need to be on LinkedIn; you need to research companies. Many companies rely on online job boards or their own website for applications and ask for online applications. If you find computers intimidating, seek help. Many public libraries, local agencies, and schools offer free advice and courses. However, don’t spend most of your time on the computer, instead spend much of your time networking and talking to people.

Join a job search group

Statistics show that joining other job seekers to help each other find a job can also help you find a job faster. It also may help you to gain structure in your job search, which is missing when you are no longer working.

 Thanks WarmSleepy for the photo via Flickr

Written by: Robin Schlinger
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