Yet, when it comes to the job search, I am continually surprised that this is exactly what many people do. In general, the job search consists of three main activities:
1) Creating a compelling resume
2) Defining a job search strategy
3) Planning an interview strategy
Prospective employers, on average spend about thirty seconds to one minute on each resume they receive. Candidates spend roughly one day to three days in the interview process before being offered a job. A healthy job search process can require around nine months before finding an opportunity that is a mutual match of interests between the employer and candidate. Yet, many clients I have worked with spend an admirable amount of time crafting their resume, but really haven't thought about their job search nor interview strategy.
A good resume, a good first impression
The job search strategy is your battle plan
1) What you are looking for in a job? What are negotiable factors?
2) What timeframe you are looking to make a change?
3) What resources do you have available to conduct your search?
Most importantly, these three factors must be evaluated against each other to determine whether you have assembled a winning strategy. For example, an individual trying to find a comparable role to his/her existing role, who needs to find a job immediately, probably should make use of as many resources as possible to conduct his/her search. The point is that you need to be realistic as to whether your battle plan can realistically meet your expectations.