Guest post by Hannah Morgan
Your Job Search Doesn’t Begin with A Resume
So how do you begin your job search? It starts with assessment and research. Yuck, I know. But doing an assessment of what you want to do and what you like to do will focus your job search on the right opportunities. By pulling together these 13 items early in your job search, you are in fact doing an assessment and research and it will prepare you to get moving in the right direction faster
- Portfolio of work and evaluations - Dig through your files or call Human Resources for copies of your performance reviews. Look for copies of complimentary emails from customers or colleagues. Perhaps you have samples/examples of your work such as project plans, revised processes, work instructions or reports. These may be confidential or proprietary information, but they can be helpful in reminding you of what you accomplished.
- Professional greeting on main voicemail - It may be obvious, however, it is a frequently overlooked step. Make sure your home voice mail and mobile voice mail include your name so the person contacting you knows they have the right number.
If you are having difficulty pulling together these pieces, you are not alone. It is challenging. Please don’t use this as an excuse NOT to do it. You don’t want to waste a single minute and having these items will help you hit the ground running faster and more effectively.