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Looking for a job? Your first impulse may be to grab the help-wanted section or surf the Web for job ads. But your job search will be more effective if you first take the time to create a plan.

Keep these two job-hunting truths in mind:

Job hunting takes time. Whether you’re currently unemployed or working 50 hours a week, it’s important to commit as much time as you reasonably can to job search activities. Read more about setting a job-hunting schedule.

Job hunters need goals and a schedule. Job search scheduling and goal setting should be done daily and weekly. For example, block out the hours you've committed to the search and identify what you plan to accomplish. If you set 9-11 a.m., Monday, for library research, your goal could be to identify 10 new employers you can pursue. Tuesday's goal could be contacting the 10 new employers you identified Monday. Tuesday, 1-3 p.m., may be scheduled for making direct telephone contacts. Be realistic, but challenge yourself.

Looking for more?

Find out more about key job-search tasks like networking, finding potential employers, browsing job web sites, and preparing your resume.

Source: Creative Job Search, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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