Job Search Tips: Developing a Job Target

Posted on November 18, 2008. Filed under: Job Search Tips | Tags: , , , |

Many job seekers have a tendency to start their job search with the “Ready, Fire, Aim” approach. There are numerous reasons, which include things like just being let go from a current job, the desire to get out the present employment quickly, or simply a lack of understanding or focus.

Drawbacks of the Ready-Fire-Aim Approach

Although it is good that a job seeker is excited, energetic, and enthusiastic about launching their job search, doing so before being fully prepared is a mistake. Without clearly defining what it is you are looking for, how can you effectively go after it? Here are some of the consequences of this approach:

It is difficult to prepare a winning resume when you cannot define where you are headed. Even a professional resume writer will struggle, and the document will lose some effectiveness, because the content is not geared in a specific manner.

You will spend a lot time reviewing postings and submitting documentation for opportunities that do not really mesh with what you want.

You can quickly become discouraged, as you may find that the recruiters or companies contacting you are doing so for positions that are not a proper fit.

How to Aim Before You Fire

One of the best things you can do before you launch your job search and before you put together a resume is to take a step back. Take some time to really assess where it is you want to be with your career. This includes the type of position, the type of company, the industry you want to be in, and the geographic market you prefer. You need a clear understanding of your willingness to travel, commute, relocate, etc. Please understand, the process could take a few hours for some, but it could also take several days or weeks for those who do not really know what they want.

Once you know where you want to go, it will make it much easier to prepare a targeted resume and for you to conduct a focused job search. Well, what are you waiting for?

So who am I anyway? Why do I think my advice is so valuable?

My name is Stephen Van Vreede. My company is called No Stone Unturned, and I have been in the career consulting business since 2002 with 8 years of hiring experience prior to that. You can check out my website that offers tools such as the No Nonsense Job Search Strategy guide and other Job Search Tips.

The short story is that I have a B.S. degree in Business Administration & Finance from the University of Maryland and an MBA in Marketing from Villanova University. I am a certified professional résumé writer (CPRW) and a member of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC). As I mentioned, I paid my dues in the corporate world eventually running a large-scale call center for a major truck rental company, and I have spent the past 6 years with No Stone Unturned, assisting job seekers in achieving their goals.

I know that my products will work for you because they are based on commonsense principles leveraged with good, solid expertise and knowledge of the job search process. After working with countless job seekers, I have become more and more convinced that most of them do not properly prepare for a job search and rely way too much on online sites and trendy articles to tell them what to do. Thus, they waste a lot of time, money, and energy.

If you still aren’t sure whether our services are right for you, feel free to give me a call toll-free at 1-866-755-9800 or e-mail me at

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