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"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford

I have a friend who has been unhappy in his job for almost a year now. You know the deal, not enough pay, long hours, not challenged - many of the usual complaints. And, he tells me, he is "looking" for a new job, but not proactively.

What does that mean?

Well, if he gets a call for an interesting job he will go on the interview, but he has not really circulated his resume or done many of the basics for launching a serious job search.

Why? Long hours and not enough time to start a serious search. He plans to get more serious with his search soon. The funny part is that in his mind he is looking for a job.

Sound familiar? Does it sound like someone you know (does it sound like you?)?

Like anything in life, you have to put the time in to get the benefit. There are always the lucky ones who seem to find a great job when they really weren't looking. But if you are serious about getting a new job, you need to invest some time in the process.

  • The Job Search Process - If you want to be successful in your search, you have to have a process. This article, from, lists the steps required for starting a serious job search. From setting your career objective to the usual tools (like your resume) through the entire process (like the job offer), this article is a great high level summary of what you need to do to get organized and started. Best of all, there is lots of detail on the site for every part of the process. Just select search from the bottom of the page and enter your key word.
  • Job Search Checklist – This article from provides an excellent guide for developing a plan of attack.The article has 5 parts with quite a few links, but the very first section (Part 1) focuses on planning and preparation with 10 or so points (understand the process, understand the jobs that interest you, creating your list and more).
  • Best Job Search Resources - This list, from and written by top careers writer Alison Doyle, provides all of the resources you will need in your job search. From job search engines to books and tools, this is a good place to start gathering your information. Each topic has an embedded link which provides additional resources. No jobs in your city? No worries, there is a link to the best cities for jobs too. There are tons of additional resources following the article (like jobs by type).
  • WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR JOB SEARCH? - This checklist is from the University of Minnesota Duluth's career site and is designed to help you see if you are on track for your job search. There are questions about you, potential employers, etc. This is a great way to make sure you are ready. Add your on items to the list and you have the start of a great job search checklist. Click the "next" link at the bottom of the page to see some additional information on developing your career plan.
  • Be Prepared and The Right Way to Start a Job Search - You know the Boy Scouts Motto - "Be Prepared" and the same applies to job search. This article, posted on, provides a good overview for preparing for your job search. Job search goals, your Job Search Marketing Toolkit (Resumes, etc.) and the other stuff you will need to consider. As with all things in life, don't become obsessed with the preparation. You can only be so prepared and you do need to start your job search at some point.

Good luck in your search.

Author: CareerAlley

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Nice quote by Henry Ford, I know I can is the mental process job seekers need when diving into a full pile of job listings!

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