Defining Preparation

In the last post I outlined the six steps to a successful job search. As a refresher, they are:

  1. Preparation
  2. Networking
  3. Finding an Opening
  4. Application (Resume and Cover Letter)
  5. Interview
  6. Offer/Acceptance

Today we are going to introduce the topic of “Preparation”.

In short, preparation is all of the work that is put in before you even start to look for a job. Before you interview, before you create a resume or cover letter, and before you even look for open positions, you will be preparing for your job search.

Preparation can take many forms. It can be the act of gaining work experience that will go on your resume. It can be time set aside for personal assessment (in order to clarify what it is that you are looking for in a job). It can even be setting up an area to work in that will allow for an effective job search.

Ultimately, anything that you do that prepares you for your job search can be considered preparation. It may be conscious (actively volunteering in order to build your resume) or subconscious (learning from listening to the shared interview experiences of your friends). Either way, it is not only vital to a successful job search, but it is critical to ensure that you find the right job for you.

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