Get a new job

The job search process can seem daunting, but a well organized action plan will keep you organized and on track. Being organized and methodical in your search will not only increase your chances for landing the right job but also reduce the stress and anxiety inherent in looking for a new job. This Action Plan Template for getting a new job will get you started with an action plan so you're not starting from a blank page. Use it a starting point and tailor it as needed to fit your specific job search goal.

  • Update my LinkedIn profile
    Feb 28, 2020
    Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, accurate, and tailored for the type of job you want.
    • Job history is accurate and each listed job contains responsibilities/accomplishments that are relevant to the job I'm trying to get
    • Top skills are the ones most relevant to the job I want
    • Contains my current job and major accomplishments/achievements
    • Listed skills are ones relevant to the job I want
    • Profile photo is professional and high quality
    • Contact information is correct
    • Profile has relevant and recent recommendations
    • "About" section contains an accurate, up to date summary that positions me properly for my desired job
    • Links to my personal website, portfolio, public github (or whatever is most relevant to show off your work) are in my contact and/or about
    • Turn on setting in LinkedIn that tells recruiters I'm looking for a new job
    • Change my headline to say I'm looking for a new job and the type of job
  • Identify the type of job I want
    Feb 28, 2020
    Some dimensions to consider: 1) Functional area 2) Scope of responsibility 3) Manager or individual contributor 4) Size of company 5) Industry and/or business model of company 6) What experiences do you want in your next role? 7) What skills / competencies do you want to build in your next role? 8) Target compensation 9) Geography
  • Create target list of companies
    Mar 6, 2020
    Create a list of companies that meet the criteria you set for size, industry, business model, and geography. As you put the list together, check your network for 1st and 2nd degree contacts at those companies, and keep track of those names as well.
  • Update Professional Internet Presence
    Feb 28, 2020
    If you have an online portfolio or your own personal website featuring your work make sure it's up to date and well documented. If you don't, and you're in a profession where it's the norm, make sure to create one.
  • Search for open roles
    Mar 6, 2020
    Look for open roles, both at your target list of companies and for open roles at other companies that fit your role specific criteria. As you identify new opportunities, check your network for first and second degree connections at those companies at well.
  • Reach out to your network
    Mar 6, 2020
    Contact people in your network who could be helpful in your search: 1) People who may have insight into additional opportunities/companies you should consider. Many opportunities never end up hitting the open market and this is a great way to find those. 2) People you identified in your network at target companies / companies with roles you are interested in. Warm intros are a great way to jump the queue in a hiring process.
  • Update your resume
    Mar 9, 2020
    Update your resume. Make sure the information you feature is relevant to the roles you are pursuing. You may want to create several different versions of your resume if you are pursuing roles that have different criteria/qualifications.
  • Clean up Internet Presence
    Feb 28, 2020
    Make sure that your digital presence is clean. Check your social media accounts, personal website, and any other findeable/searchable places where you've made public statements. Remove them of anything that would make you look unprofessional and/or untrustworthy. In today's political climate, it's also worth considering removing strong political statements. Of course, it's up to you on how much you want to self-censor yourself to appeal to potential employers.
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Instagram
    • Twitter
    • TikTok
    • My personal website
    • Reddit
  • Apply for open roles
    Mar 13, 2020
    Send in your job applications. Keep track of which resume you send to which role.
  • Contact target companies for unlisted roles
    Mar 13, 2020
    Even if there is no listed role, and no one in your network at a target company, don't let that stop you. Cold email the relevant hiring manager/leader at the company. They may have something they haven't posted yet, they have may have something in the near future, or there might be another role there that you didn't identify but ends up being a fit.
  • Prepare for interviews
    Mar 16, 2020
    Don't go into interviews cold, especially if it's been a while since you've interviewed.
    • Company Research. Make sure you have public information level understanding of what they do, how they make money, and other publicly available information relevant to your role. If they have a free (or cheap) product try it out.
    • Prepare answers to common interview questions. Basic Internet research will give you plenty of lists of common interview quesitons
    • Mock Interview. Do mock interviews with a friend, especially if your role does a specific type of interview (e.g., case interviews, code tests, whiteboard exercises).
    • Know your resume. Be able to tell your story, and answer detailed questions about anything you have on your resume.
  • Line up references
    Mar 16, 2020
    Line up a set of people who can act as a reference for you. The more recent you worked together the better. The more relevant to the role you are applying for the better. Ideally you can have a mix of peers, managers, and (if you are a manager) people who worked for you. When you get to the reference check stage you don't want to slow things down by having to line up references.
  • Conduct compensation research
    Mar 16, 2020
    Make sure you know how much you want to get paid, and make sure you can back it up. If you get asked this in the interview you want to be ready. Resources like glassdoor and comparably provide some market data that can be helpful.
  • Interview
    Go on your interviews! Create an action for each of your interviews as you get them so you can stay organized.
  • Negotiate the offer
    After you get an offer, make sure to negotiate (in almost all cases you can negotiate an offer). Don't be unreasonable, and have data to back up your asks. Keep in mind all the various aspects of compensation (salary, performance bonus, signing bonus, stock based compensation, tuition reimbursement, vacation days etc). Different companies have different degrees of freedom around these aspects, so you may be able to get to your overall compensation target by thinking creatively and working with them to get there - remember, if they give you an offer, they want you.
  • Give notice / leave the right way
    Make sure you're ready to give notice, especially if your current employer exits people immediately upon giving notice. Otherwise, be respectful of your current employer, and give an appropriate period of notice that'll work for your new employer while also giving your current employer sufficient time to transition. Work hard during your notice period to wrap things up and transition properly. You never know when you will run into your current colleagues again, and you don't want to burn any bridges.

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