How to conduct a job serch

Looking for a job is conducted liked any other project—by breaking-down your job search into steps. The project of looking for work can be broken down into these three doable steps.

First, know the step you’re on right now, whether it’s working on a resume, gathering names for a networking list, or contacting recruiters. Second, activate that step by doing what’s required to complete it. And third, ask yourself, “what’s my next step?” and begin the process again.

You can also break-down a big steps into smaller ones. Let’s pretend you’ve been invited to interview. You can break-down the big step of preparing for this interview into a half-dozen smaller ones that are easy to accomplish:

  1. Get a job description from the company representative or from the recruiter who set up the interview.
  2. Determine how your skills match the job specifications in front of you.
  3. Plan your approach to the interview by learning how to answer tough interview questions and strategic questions you should ask, in chapter twelve of my book, “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.”
  4. Rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse those answers.
  5. Plan wardrobe (interview outfit)
  6. Get directions to the interview site and make a dry run on the day or weekend before the scheduled interview.

How to look for a job in three steps

You’ll achieve success when looking for work and with any project you’re required perform by applying the three basic steps mentioned in the second paragraph of this post—determine the step you’re on. Activate it. Then ask yourself “what’s my next step?”

How to make looking for work easier

Some of the ideas contained in this post are from the book mentioned above, “Your One-Minute Job-Finding Coach—how to find a job and manage your career while coping with the hassles of it all.” To learn how this book can guide you to finding the job you want and deserve, CLICK HERE.

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.