A reemployment plan is similar to a roadmap.
Have you tried Googling “What is the best way to look for a job?” Try it! The search results will probably not be what you’d expect. Most of us know that the practice of circling job ads in the Sunday newspaper is long gone. But, believe it or not, even looking for jobs on online job boards such as Indeed, CareerBuilder, or Monster is not necessarily the most effective way anymore. Labor markets have changed and advances in technology have revolutionized how employers look for employees and how job seekers look for work. Online talent platforms, professional networking sites, and social media are evolving drastically, perpetuating the shift in labor market dynamics. This is why you need a reemployment plan!
It is designed to help you navigate the increasingly complex roads to your next job or a better career. You may be out of a job or have a job that doesn’t offer the amount of hours or pay that you need. Or, you may be coming off a layoff. No matter what your situation is, a reemployment plan will help you figure out where to begin and how to make your career exploration and job search experience more successful. Consider these ideas:
Keep it real.
You can’t get where you want to go unless you start with where you are. What are the realities of your life – both good and bad? Where are you falling short of your goals? Where do you know you need to improve?
Identify and prioritize what’s most important to you.
Life comes with certain pre-set expectations for all of us and it is not completely unhealthy or unreasonable to try to live up to some or even most of them. But when it comes to your job - your career, the place you go to day in and day out - shouldn’t you be really clear and steadfast about what you need and want? Certainly!
Commit to realistic and effective action steps.
When trying to achieve change, things do not always go perfectly. There will be times of disappointment, confusion, and discouragement. While you can’t control everything, you can set a plan that will simplify decision-making when times are tough. Committing yourself to pre-determined action steps will keep you on track and expedite reemployment.
Find and use available resources.
There are a vast number of different types of resources available to assist with reemployment efforts. Leave no stone unturned!
This tool has been designed in such a way that it may assist you through your entire job seeking journey or simply provide extra assistance at a certain point in time or with certain specific issues. It is not meant to be “do all or do nothing.” You may use it independently or your career coach may use it as part of a job coaching strategy.