Career Planning – When Should You Start?

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The minute you announce you’re graduating, everyone will be asking what you’re going to do next. But like any school project, the first thing you need to define is your deadline. With that in place, you can make sure you take the right steps, at the right time, to get the job you deserve. Here’s a few tips to make sure you get you start planning with a solid timeline in place.

The job search takes longer than you might think.

Unless you find your job via an on-campus career fair, you should plan for your job search to take 3-6 months (and even longer, if you’re planning to get your job by applying online). Only 40% of college graduates find their job by applying online, so you need to make sure you take the time up front, to build a clear plan that will help you access jobs via other channels.

When you do find the job of your dreams, you should expect it will take 45 – 60 days from the time you apply to the date you receive an offer. That’s assuming you get the offer. With an average of 250 applicants for every corporate job, and only 4-6 candidates being interviewed, you need to do more than apply online for jobs. You need to make sure you’re spending your time wisely, so you’ll get the most interviews, for the jobs you want, within a short period of time, so that you have options.

There is a lot to do before now and your hire date.

35 things, to be exact. We’ve broken down the job search process into small, manageable steps, most of which take less than 15 minutes to accomplish. Step 27 = Write your Resume. So if you’re not sure where to start, or writing your resume seems too complicated, you’re right. Everyone telling you to start with your resume is missing the most important part of the process. There are a lot of little steps that you can make within the next 30 days that will make writing your resume feel a lot more manageable.

How you start will predict how you finish.

If we’re working on a 90 day timeline, what you do in the first 30 days (BEFORE you write your resume and start applying) will predict your success in the last 60 days. So let’s get started. Take a look at the LevelUp Careers Step-By-Step Checklist to Getting Your Dream Job, and set your Hire Date Today!