Finding a Cool Job in 30 Days

Part of the Cool Careers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you spend your time efficiently, finding a good job in 30 days is a realistic goal. Employers may take their time making a decision on hiring but after 30 days you’ve got the ball rolling. It’s going to be an intense 30 days, but well worth it. Use this list as your guide for job searching:

  • Day 1: Create your resume.

  • Day 2: List 50 people who like you and 25 employers you’d like to work for.

  • Days 3–8: Research your target employers. Give your 10-second pitch to the 50 people in your network and ask whether they know someone at the 25 employers or others who might lead you to a job. Contact those leads, and check out the want ads, too.

  • Days 9–11: Contact the 25 employers you want to work for. Give your 10-second pitch. Follow up as needed.

  • Days 12–30: Get ready for interviews. Chances are good that the previous steps will generate them.

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