Searching for a job is a big, complex, and scary prospect. There are so many things to do, so many choices to make. Where do you start? How do you keep track of it all?

Treat your job hunt like the project it is. When you use proven project management techniques that allow you to create a visual system, you’ll be able to increase your productivity, track your progress, evaluate your work, gain feedback, and throw out what doesn’t work while building on your successes. Take control of the most important project you’ll ever work on: finding fulfilling work.

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About this Book

  • 180 pages
  • Published:
  • Release: P1.0 (2014-03-20)
  • ISBN: pending

A job search is an emergent project. How do you handle an emergent project? By creating a system that allows for serendipity and flexibility: personal kanban and one-week timeboxes.

Once you have a system, you can use the tips in Part 2 to prepare for your job search: choose your career, write your résumé, prepare for your interviews, and decide how you will decide on an offer. In Part 3, you’ll learn how to network without feeling slimy. You’ll learn to build your target network, where to look for the jobs that you need, and how to spot the warning signs of a job that organizations might no longer need. There are many traps for unsuspecting job hunters, so Part 4 has a section on traps to avoid and tips to try. If you’re in special circumstances, such as being a new grad, in a career transition, or over 50, then Part 5 is for you. Even if you’ve been diligent, any job search can take more than three months. Part 6 addresses your feelings and how to persevere when your search seems as if it takes forever.

Written with her trademark practicality, humor, and empathy, Johanna will help you learn how to find your next job.

This book was written and produced entirely by the author. We are proud to be distributing it.

Contents and Extracts

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1: Learn to Manage Your Job Search Project
  • Become Your Own Project Manager
  • Start Using Your Kanban Board
  • Reflect on the Past Week
  • Iterate and Organize
Part 2: Choosing a Career, Interviewing, and Deciding on an Offer
  • Know Your Previous Job Patterns
  • Write Your Résumé
  • Prepare for the Interview
  • Decide How You Will Decide on an Offer
Part 3: Build Your Network
  • Network, Network, Network
  • Use Social Media to Network
Part 4: Iterate Through These Job Hunting Traps and Tips Part 5: Special Circumstances: New Grad, Career Transition, Over 50
  • What You Need to Know if You Are in Transition
  • Just for People Over 50
Part 6: What to do When Your Job Search Takes Longer Than Three Months
  • It’s Been Three Months. Now What?

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About the Author

Johanna Rothman consults, speaks, and writes on managing high-technology product development. She enables managers, teams, and organizations to become more effective by applying her pragmatic approaches to the issues of project management, risk management, and people management. She is the author of Manage It!, Behind Closed Doors (with Esther Derby), Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds, and Corrective Action for the Software Industry (with Denise Robitaille).

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