As with most things in life, it is best to go about a job search with a plan of attack. One of the best ways to do this is to come up with a list of target employers that you want to apply to. Not only does this make your search more focused, but it also allows you to make sure that you apply for jobs that you actually want. You want a list of at least 25 companies that you would like to work for. Of course, there is a method to coming up with this list. When compiling said list, it should include the following:
Companies You Already Know That You Would Like To Work For
We all have companies that we have always wanted to work for. When you are putting together a target employer list, don’t forget to write them down. While you may think that working for these types of companies is out of your reach, you may be surprised to know that they may be looking for someone with your exact experience and qualifications.
Companies in the Same Industry as Your Current or Former Employees (AKA Competitors)
Did you do a great job with your former (or current) employer? Their competitors are probably interested in you. If you think about it, the skills that you learn at one company can be easily transferred to another company in the field. These companies won’t be turned off by the fact that you worked for their competition; it fact, it will probably give you an edge!
Companies That Worked With You or Provided Services to Your Current or Former Employers
You no doubt worked with other companies or vendors at your former employer. Whether they know you personally or not, it’s worth reaching out to them. That former working relationship should give you a foot in the door, especially if you reach out to them over the phone.
Companies Where Your Friends and Family Work
While there is no such thing as a guaranteed “in” when it comes to your job search, the closest you are going to get is having a friend or family member that works at a company. Whether they are a CEO or a customer service specialist, you should always make sure to put these companies at the top of your list. Not only will your friend or family member be able to tell you whether their company is hiring, but they can also put a good word in for you, meaning that your application will get some extra attention.