The career transition process continues to change and your success is impacted by your ability to adapt to these changes.

A typical job search process used to involve a well-written resume, your ability to rapidly respond to an untold number of job listings, with the goal of getting numerous interviews that may lead to a job. I refer to this as “so 1980.” There are still many who use this process today, with less than encouraging results.

A potentially more rewarding process involves many tasks beyond simply resumes, applications, and interviews. Success in your job search journey must include these 5 tasks:

Professional Development. Invest at least 5% of your time on improving yourself in the areas of business you strive to work in. This is only about 2 hours/week. A small long-term investment that can pay huge dividends.

Applying for Jobs. Don’t invest more than 5% of your time on this task. In part because less than 30% of all the jobs are listed online. If you only have 2 hours a week for applying, you’ll need to be more deliberate at what jobs you apply for. Too many people waste far too much time applying to jobs they find online.

Your Marketing Material. You may spend more time upfront creating a LinkedIn Profile, Resume, Networking Profile, Cover Letter Template, and a business card, however, you need to trim this down to less than 5% of your time (2 hrs/week) as well. Again, the idea here is to get you focused on specific job types and industries so you don’t have to spend so much time reworking your messaging (resume) on disparate opportunities.

Researching. This is vital, yet so often overlooked. Success on your career journey is greater when you invest 30% of your time researching industries, companies, the people in those companies doing work similar to your goal, new ideas, networking opportunities, interesting perspectives and unique organizations you’ve never heard. Research can uncover even more hidden opportunities where there is little to no competition for a fantastic job. It’s tedious work, however important to your success.

Networking. This too is a task many don’t invest enough time in. Invest at least 55% of your time on this task. Again, most jobs are not listed online, thus networking will help uncover those hidden opportunities. There are lots of places you could network. Job Search Group meetings, although useful, are just a few of these places. You can get involved in relevant industry groups, visit Chamber and BNI groups (often at least once for free), events relevant to your career goals, community networking events, Co-working venue events, and church groups, just to name a few places to meet new people. Use networking to find people you can get to know better over coffee or lunch. Through this relationship building share your career goals and discover new ideas, new businesses and new people you should connect with and meet. Networking continues to be critical to every successful career journey.

As with any business process, investing time in the right tasks and improving your skills along the way creates the best opportunity for success. Treat your career journey as a business process and you’ll be more successful sooner than if you treat it as a job search.

Explore other ways to be successful on your career journey, join us at the Career Support Network. We kick off a new location and time on January 7 at Flywheel Co-working, 450 Design Ave., Winston-Salem. We will meet every Monday at 8 a.m.

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