Job Search Planning and Preparation
Define your limits: geographic, salary, job type, industry, etc.
Define your network of contacts and brush up on networking skills.
Identify and contact people who might become references – both professional and personal.
Create a list of target companies and industries that most interest you.
Identify your strengths and weaknesses: do your own personal SWOT analysis.
Develop your unique selling proposition, which will help you distinguish yourself from other job seekers.
Identify key accomplishments from all school and work experiences.
Identify your core transferable skills.
Create a record keeping system.
Use the Job Search Planning Grid to create your personal personal job search plan: what you will do when, how many people you will contact each week, what websites/blogs/periodicals you will read daily to stay at the top of your game.
Practice your “elevator pitch” – in 30 seconds, can you say your name, current/previous position, qualifications, history?
Practice your “reasons for leaving” statement.
Consider hiring a job coach or headhunter.
Update your resume and share it with several people to get feedback. Be prepared to revise your resume to fit different job opportunities.
Create different electronic versions of your resume – Plain text for embedding in email. PDF for attachments.
Update your LinkedIn profile and join the Tuck School Alumni LinkedIn Group.
Draft sample cover letters for different potential jobs.
Set weekly goals for the number of people you will reach out to, connect and meet with as part of your job search.
Attend industry conferences for networking opportunities.
Identify Tuck alumni who work in companies, industries and positions of interest, and reach out to them to learn more about what they do.
Prepare answers for the most common interview questions. Practice answering different types of job interview questions.
Conduct mock interviews with friends, family, advisors.
Research each company so that you can showcase that knowledge in the interview.
Brush up on the salary negotiation process. Research salaries and have clear expectations.
Prepare a "closing" for the interview that expresses your desire for the job and inquires about the next step in the interview process.
After interviews, send thank you notes (email and handwritten) and follow-up.