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Decades of HR work and I still
am regularly amazed at those
• Think that their security clear-
ance or some bundle of skills or
being a vet or an academy grad-
uate alone will get them a job.
• Believe that just putting out their
resume on job boards will result
in a good job.
• Have never thought of their next
job as an investment which
requires at least as much thought
and research as buying a new
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH?
To start your job search effec-
tively and work smart during it,
you are going to need a strategy,
not just tactics. You understand
the value of planning and know
that stuff happens -- but a good
strategy and plan allows you to
leverage your interests and desires
into a new success. Strategic plan-
ning for your job search success
is a simple process designed to
help you think clearly about what
you want. The point is to get you
to a comprehensive view of
• Where you want to go.
• How you will get there.
• Who you are -- your strengths
The basics of strategic job
search planning include analysis
of both personal and environ-
mental factors. Look at the exter-
nal factors which will influence
your future. These include: global
and national issues which impact
your work or field, technological
changes, educational require-
ments, and current/future market
Look inward to define a classic
SWOT analysis: Strengths, Weak-
nesses, Opportunities, and
Threats. In terms of your desired
• What do you already have as
• What weaknesses -- and how
can you deal with them?
• What are the opportunities
going forward for you?
• Do you face any threats, such
as health or family issues, job
Combining these internal and
external factors with your desires
for your future creates that desired
purpose and job/field of work.
EXERCISE 1: THINKING
• When you meet someone new
at work, what are you most likely
to tell them about yourself?
• When someone introduces you
to someone else, how do they
• What do you find exciting about
your work? Your current/last
job? Your life?
• What five or six activities do
you really love to DO in your
• What would you hope other
people would say to describe
you to someone?
• What is your emotional tem-
perament? Style dealing with
• Who relies on you for informa-
tion? Advice? Assistance? Sup-
• Who do you rely on for these?
• What four or five activities do
you really love to DO in your
While you are thinking about
your next steps, ask people who
know you well for ideas and sug-
gestions. What do they think are
your strengths and what types of
work would fit? Don t just ask cur-
rent or past co-workers. Mentors,
relatives, good friends, and people
from other organizations you are
active in can all add ideas.
Once you have collected several
people s ideas, look for patterns
that can help you think about your
interests and potential.
You also need to think about
your needs and desires in terms
of your work. Think about who
you are and what makes you happy
and energetic. Define what you
need to succeed so that you can
find organizations which match
Start with your values -- and
yes, this means you have to think
about them first.
Consider making a list and then
sorting them in order of impor-
tance. You could start with ideas
like autonomy, professional devel-
opment, wealth, integrity, respect,
security, family time, health, recog-
nition... whatever is important to
Do serious career self-analysis
for a shorter job search and a career
that is a better fit for you, long-
EXERCISE 2: WHAT ARE
THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS
YOUR VALUES AND
PREFERENCES MAY RAISE IN
THE JOB HUNT?
• Do you want a place where you
can learn a variety of new things
or one where you will be seen
as an expert?
• Do you have commitments or
interests that affect your work
hours or location choices?
• How important is it that the
workplace include some social
life--or keep out of yours?
• Do you have organizations or
jobs you will not consider
because of your values? Or ones
you prefer because they espouse
• Think of what matters to you
and include all those values in
your job hunt.
EXERCISE 3. DOCUMENT
YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY.
Create a detailed record of every
job you have ever held, including crit-
ical elements and your achievements.
Premier Seafoods (Trinidad) Limited, is a locally owned sh and
seafood supplier located in the National Fisheries Compound.
Premier has serviced the local community for over 10 years
establishing itself as a leading sh and seafood supplier to the
Food Service, Retail, and Hospitality industries.
We are now expanding our product lines and to help us
expand into foreign markets, we are currently recruiting
for the position of:
MANAGER OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
The individual chosen for this position must have the following
Knowledge of operating a North American Federally
Approved Superfrozen Fish Facility, with a minimum of
8 years hands-on experience.
Solid understanding of all aspects of handling, grading, and
processing of superfrozen tuna, and related sh species.
Must have a history of dealing directly with North American
food retailers, and food service companies.
Proven track record of innovative product development;
from concept to commercialization, resulting in global
sales to food industry leaders.
Please send resume to:
Premier Seafoods (Trinidad) Ltd.
P.O. Box 896
Port of Spain
This is not to provide to others but
is for your use in developing your plan,
resume, and interviewing strategy. It
also will make filling out job application
forms much easier when you need to
Go through this history and identify
most satisfying and least satisfying
What aspects (tasks, co-workers,
boss, etc.) made a job best/worst? The
"best" helps you identify what you
need to succeed while the "worst" helps
you see what to avoid.
Invest the time to really assess what
you want to do next and how you will
achieve that for a far more effective job
search. This reduces your frustrations
and wasted time and increases your
opportunity for an actual "perfect job
for me." While this strategic planning
process may seem like too much work,
it will make your actual job search much
easier and faster.
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