No two job search plans are identical; however, every job search involves the same basic tasks. The sample plan below organizes many of these basic job search activities in a logical sequence. As you develop your own plan, you'll probably add some more items to this list. To personalize your job search plan, list all the things you'll need to accomplish as you prepare to move to a new position or career. Identify the date you need to start your new job and add it to your plan. Then, use military style reverse planning to select realistic completion dates for each of the other items on your list. Depending on the date you plan to start your next job, you'll be able to able to spend more or less time on each task.
Job Search Plan
ATTEND TAP WORKSHOP
CONDUCT PERSONAL ASSESSMENT
- Develop pre- and post- transition budgets.
- Identify goals (type of work, location, etc.), skills, needs (schools, salary, benefits, etc.); consider family's needs and desires.
- Gather transcripts, training certificates, award citations, etc.
- Obtain a copy of VMET document.
START JOB MARKET RESEARCH
- Talk with those who work in the field.
- Look on the Internet to find job announcements.
- Check out where they jobs are.
- Find out what employers are demanding (experience, training, education).
- Compare military jobs with civilian occupations.
- Consider federal civilian jobs.
- Begin taking job related courses, if needed.
START BUILDING CIVILIAN WARDROBE - BUY NECESSARY PIECES
- Complete draft of resume.
- Edit draft of resume.
ATTEND FOLLOW-UP COUNSELING SESSION
- Critique printed draft resume.
- Contact references, get approval, send copy of resume.
- Contact network members and send resumes.
- Make contacts through networking and refine list.
FIND JOB OPPORTUNITIES
- Attend job fairs; answer job ads with resume and tailored cover letters.
- Contact employment agencies, companies.
- Answer ads and web job listings.
APPLY FOR JOBS
- Complete and submit job applications and/or resume.
- Move (if necessary).