Hope some of you join me here! The idea is to have a structured place to plan for job/career changes. Unless you get downsized, this is such an easy task to put off, but can make such a huge impact on quality of life.
Here are my thoughts on the steps necessary to make a positive career move:
1. Research careers
2. Obtain training/experience necessary for desired career
3. Compile resume
4. Research specific jobs available
5. Research company to which you will apply
6. Tailor resume to specific job
7. Craft cover letter for specific company and job
8. Apply for job
9. Follow up on application
10. Prepare for interview
11. Knock them dead, negotiate killer package
12. Blissfully start new career
13. Win lottery. Quit Job
I recently found a company that has two jobs that sound great so I am going to start on step 5.
Personal goals for these 2 jobs:
Research company via website: Friday 4-12
Collect together old resume and resume writing books, redo resume tailored to these 2 jobs: Friday 4-12
Write knowledgable, compelling cover letter for each position: Saturday 4-13
Disseminate resumes and cover letters to family and friends for review: Saturday 4-13
Incorporate feedback into documents: Sunday 4-14
Send 2 applications: Sunday 4-14
Once this is done, I will make a plan assuming I don't get either of these jobs and wait to see what I here.
Sorry this is a fairly weak start to this thread. I will work on this AFTER I get out these first 2 applications. Anyone is free to join me here!