Savvy executive job seekers know that targeting and job search research are the very first steps in landing a great-fit new job.
TARGET, say, 10-15 employers that you feel will provide the kind of job you want.
RESEARCH each one for industry and company market intelligence.
Don’t even think of diving into updating your resume or LinkedIn profile, until you’ve done it!
Use the information below and in my worksheets (noted at the end) to determine how you will help your target employers. Can you help them increase and improve business? How will you be a valuable employee?
Next step after researching: Define your personal brand. Showcase your value-add in your resume, biography, LinkedIn profile, etc.
Job search research helps you with due diligence
When researching to prepare for interviews, Lindsay Tigar suggests in an article at The Ladders:
Look at their social media and blogs
“Nearly all businesses — no matter how large or small — have a social media presence these days. And for those companies that are savvy about search engine optimization or desire an outlet to showcase their perspective and values, a corporate blog is a must.
Take the time to dig through what they’re posting, read their articles and ask yourself some introspective questions. ‘Does it align with your own style and work culture? What is the tone or voice of the blog and social media and does it correlate with your own style?’”
Don’t forget networking for your job search research
Fred Coon of executive search firm Stewart, Cooper & Coon suggests:
“Try to get first-hand accounts on specific organizations by tapping into your current network and finding people who may currently be employed with your target companies. These can include people who previously worked with or served as independent contractors with them. Also, check the trades for more insight on industry trends as well as any information you can find on your target companies. Company competitors are also a great source of information, particularly about the industry.”
How to Conduct Your Job Search Research
Research to uncover the following:
- Company overviews and history
- Primary market
- Products and services
- Historical financials
Some places to research and find this information:
- Company websites
- Google Search – Employees, products, services
- SEC – Reports on public companies
- Yelp – Consumer ratings for various service-related companies
- LinkedIn Company Pages
And two other places you may not have thought of for research:
→ Job aggregators like Simplyhired and Indeed
Find job descriptions that look like a mutual good fit. Use this information to align your qualities and qualifications with the requirements for your career target, and source relevant keywords and phrases.
Often overlooked, libraries are all about research and librarians are trained research experts. Tell them what you want to find out and they’ll lead you to the resources . . . possibly information you can’t find online.
Get My Full Proprietary Worksheet for Job Search Targeting and Research
The research suggestions above represent just a portion of the important work you need to do, as the first steps in a successful job search. The full worksheet covers it all — how and where to find information on companies/organizations, industry and people.
I’m now offering the full job search targeting and research worksheet. This is the actual proprietary worksheet I use with my clients to help them land jobs they covet and deserve.
But that’s not all. You’ll also get my Career History Worksheet to help you dig deep for metrics and benefits you’ve brought to past employers. That’s the kind of information that helps employers see what you’ll be able to do for them.
In all, you’ll get more than 15 pages, with dozens of DIY tips and advice to help you identify target employers and determine what makes you unique and valuable to them. The work you do using my worksheets will also help you network and interview better.
Along with the 2 worksheets, here’s some of the other information included:
- How today’s job search is different than before
- Why you must begin your job search with targeting and research
- The problems with job boards, including the resume Applicant Tracking System (ATS) conundrum
- How to use job boards for research and market intelligence
Get my full job search targeting and research worksheet (with all the extras noted above) . . . OR the complete package of my 4 proprietary executive job search worksheets.
Along with the Targeting & Research and Career History Worksheets, the complete worksheet package includes my 2 other proprietary worksheets and so much more:
- Personal Branding Worksheet
- Biography Worksheet
- Numerous resources and DIY tips and strategies to help you land the job you want.