With a decision narrowed down, you can now
create your game plan by selectively printing out copies of the
listings and companies you found on line. Create an A-list by including
all the jobs, industries and companies you really want. You can
optimize this list by including specific jobs you would love within
an industry you want with a company you would enjoy (or any combination
of these factors). Your B list can be other companies that you are
interested in and other positions that you feel are perhaps more
achievable in the short term. Your C list will basically be jobs
that are open that you feel you will easily qualify and be able
to get, if you find yourself in need of just a "job." You want to
focus on career and the long term, however, this list may be a last
resort since you still have to pay bills. (Even if you still don't
have a clue as to what you want, you can now begin your game plan
by melding what you might want to do and the job opportunities that
are out there.) You can type up these lists or jot them down on
a Starbuck's napkin. The point is to put them down on paper.
They don't have to be long, you can always add to them, just
start your list - now!
A sub-category to this list will be the details
for your ideal job. You should write down two salary ranges: an
ideal (but realistic) salary range and a reasonable salary range
(that you can live with). You may also want to include about 4 geographic
locations you will ideally want to work in (this can be a few different
cities or even several different districts within a city or suburb).
Remember to factor in the commute and how many hours you will spend
each day (each week, each month and each year). This can be an important
consideration as you balance your schedule with school, other outside
goals and interests. Also consider whether or not you would need
to relocate. However, don't let location keep you from pursuing
an area of strong interest. Many larger companies will have office
sites spread out, many of which are not apparent to an outsider.
If you truly have a strong interest, pursue the job.