My first week, after I lost my job, was a week of looking for my resume. After not finding it, I spent time trying to recreate it.
Looking back on it now I see that week as a colossal waste of time.
I recently heard of a job seeker who did the same thing I did… spent the first week looking for his old resume, then recreating what he remembered to be the most amazing document.
Knowing what I know now, here’s how I would spend the first week (it’s a GIVEN that I’d use JibberJobber to organize all this stuff :p):
- Listing my Target Companies,
- Looking for people on LinkedIn that work at (or have worked at) those Target Companies.
- Making contact with those people, as well as others in my industry and town/city, and asking for informational interviews.
I would do this the very first day. I might not get any informational interviews for a week or two or three, but I need to get that “pipeline” filled up.
I’d also learn everything I could about informational interviews. I’m guessing 98% of job seekers do them wrong.
In my spare time, and only after I’ve reached out to contacts for informational interviews (which I should do every day), I would work on my LinkedIn Profile, and start the resume creation process (it would be worth the few hundred dollars to have a professional write my resume. I learned that the wrong way).
I had to get my resume done so I could apply to job openings I found on job boards…. right? That’s what I thought. I went about it all wrong.
Please don’t waste the first week of your job search like I did.