Manage Your Job Search is published by Practical Ink in April 2014. This book has 180 pages in English, ISBN-13 9780985482077.
Searching for a job is a big, complex, and scary prospect. There are so many things to do, so many choices to make. Where do you start? How do you keep track of it all?
Treat your job hunt like the project it is. Use proven project management techniques that allow you to create a visual system. You’ll be able to increase your productivity, track your progress, evaluate your work, gain feedback, and throw out what doesn’t work while building on your successes. Take control of the most important project you’ll ever work on: finding fulfilling work.
A job search is an emergent project. How do you handle an emergent project? By creating a system that allows for serendipity and flexibility: personal kanban and one-week timeboxes.
Once you have a system, you can use the tips in Part 2 to prepare for your job search: choose your career, write your résumé, prepare for your interviews, and decide how you will decide on an offer. In Part 3, you’ll learn how to network without feeling slimy. You’ll learn to build your target network, where to look for the jobs that you need, and how to spot the warning signs of a job that organizations might no longer need. There are many traps for unsuspecting job hunters, so Part 4 has a section on traps to avoid and tips to try. If you’re in special circumstances, such as being a new grad, in a career transition, or over 50, then Part 5 is for you. Even if you’ve been diligent, any job search can take more than three months. Part 6 addresses your feelings and how to persevere when your search seems as if it takes forever.
Written with her trademark practicality, humor, and empathy, Johanna will help you learn how to find your next job.