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Job Search Roadmap

The job search roadmap above is a systematic method of linking your current skill set, passions and available jobs and gives you a framework to achieve your dream job.

Each aspect of the road map will be explained in detail throughout the book. Insider secrets on how to prepare for interviews, access the invisible job network and negotiate your job are of utmost value.

There are nine steps in the job roadmap:

1. Determine what you type of job you are interested in

You will need to look into all the previous jobs that you have held. If you are looking for your first job, look at your class projects. Determine what you enjoyed the most about each project. For example, if you loved the accounting class, you may either enjoy problem solving, or working with numbers, or working with money. List all the items that you have enjoyed. You may find that there are common elements in your previous experiences. Make a list of the top five items

2. Research relevant industries

Determine what industries match with your interest. For example, working with money would indicate a career in business or finance; while working with numbers can be used in a broad array of engineering fields.

3. Complete Skills Matrix

Investigate a few jobs in your industries of choice that match with your interests and passion. Using the Skills Matrix, determine what skills you possess and what skills you need to learn. Set up a training plan for the skills you need to master.

4. Update Resume and Portfolio

Update your resume such that the skills you value that match with your dream job are clearly highlighted in the resume. For example, if you love accounting because you work with money; and you have previous experience working with money; expand on the project in your resume. I would also recommend a one-page description of the project / projects in your portfolio. Your portfolio should reflect all the experiences that the job requires.

 5. Reach out to Current Network

Talk to your friends, family, acquaintances etc. to see if they know people in your relevant industries. Do an informational interview with the contacts to learn more about the position. Ask them for jobs that might be available.

6. Access Invisible Job Market

80% of the job market is hidden, where the jobs are not posted in public job boards. Through your network access the jobs that will give you an edge.  There are other methods to access the hidden job market which i will reveal in a later blog post.

7. Apply for Jobs

Apply for the jobs that fit your future goals and skills; using your updated resume and portfolio.

8. Interview

Prepare for the job interview and land the job that you deserve.

9. Negotiate and accept the job

Evaluate the job offer both in terms of financial compensation; and how it ties to future roles in the company.


Abhishek Kumar

Author, Career 3.0