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Create a Roadmap to Your Dream Job (Part 1 of 2)

Preparing for the Interview

We've all been there. It's time to start looking for a job and you don't know where to start. There are mountains of resources online and ways to get your resume out there and maybe you've tried them all. Your resume has been submitted to hundreds of job posts but you have yet to receive a call back for an interview. What went wrong? Are you unmarketable? Are you aiming too high?

The answer may be that you aren't aiming at all. Many recruiters and HR professionals insist that a more focused approach is the key to help you get your foot in the door. But how do you focus your job search? Read on for tips and suggestions on creating your own roadmap to help you focus your time and energy on the tasks that will get you closer to the job you really want.

Brainstorm Your Ideal Work Environment

Sharon Reed Abboud cites a lack of planning as well as lack of career/job focus as two of the biggest mistakes job hunters make in her article 8 Job-Hunting Mistakes You Don't Want to Make: Advice from the Pros.  According to Abboud, "far too many people make the mistake of having vague goals such as 'looking for a management job' or 'a job with a dynamic fast-growing business.' Job-hunters also sometimes say they don't want to limit their options and are open to any type of job opportunity."  According to Orville Pierson, a senior vice president at Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), a NJ-based global outplacement firm, "these unfocused job seekers fail to appear interested in anything but getting on someone's payroll.  Their search is too diffuse," Pierson said.  "They do not communicate enough specific value."

Set aside a couple of hours before you start your search and ask yourself the following questions:

There are a myriad of questions that can be asked, but the point is that you take the time to figure out what you want before you start looking.

Do Your Homework

Now that you have determined what you want to be doing and how you want to be doing it, you can begin the work of creating a list of prospective companies that may offer what you're looking for.

These two steps alone will help you focus your intentions and make the most of your time as you search for your next career move. However, there is one more important aspect of the job hunt to consider. In our next article, we will share different avenues for getting your resume in the right hands so you are noticed.