Transition Action Plan [TRACPlan.com] A TRACPlan gives you a goal and a focus and keeps you on track. Your TRACPlan should be written, not just thought through–there is positive, productive “magic” in writing out a plan. In fact, some folks say there is no such thing as an unwritten plan, only intentions.

A TRACPlan includes target dates–a timeline. A plan, some say, is a dream with a timeline!

Transition Action Plan [TRACPlan.com] A TRACPlan formalizes your goal(s) and focus and provides a mechanism for keeping you on track, or making adjustjents. Your TRACPlan should be written, not just thought through—there is positive, productive “magic” in writing out a plan. In fact, some folks say there is no such thing as an unwritten plan, only intentions.

A TRACPlan includes target dates–a timeline. A plan, some say, is a dream with a timeline!

A TRACPlan makes you accountable and your journey to next more manageable. The mind and reality tend to blur outcomes and jumble the process and makes it chaotic.

To help you stay on track, a TRACPlan has 9 components:

1 Establish and Express GOAL(s)
2 Generate OBJECTIVES for each goal
3 Affix a TIMELINE
4 Estimate COSTS and Allocate RESOURCES
5 Identify OBSTACLES

6 Itemize and Own TASKS—ACTIONS
7 Establish MECHANISMS to Monitor PROGRESS
8 ACT Implement the PLAN

9  Tweak

 

G O T R O T M A T

 

Previously I had developed an 8 step Career Transition TRACplan with four stages and two steps in each stage. The four stages are: Decode, Direct, Declare, and Decide. In a job search TRACPlan, the eight steps are: Assess & Plan; Target & PR (resumes); Connect-work & Interview; Negotiate & Follow up.

I suggest that looking for work in this economy is like 1) Turning over rocks–your name is under one of them; 2) Creating a digital speed bump–that causes company agents to slow down, back up and take a look at what they have run into; 3) Sharp shooting–not just targetting.

Here is another take on a Job Search Action Plan from eHow:
How to Create a Job Search Action Plan  By eHow Careers & Work Editor

Step 1: Decide what you really want to do. It’s tempting to go after jobs you’re qualified for and assume those are your only options. Think outside the box. Make your search action plan reflect who you are and you’ll be much happier.

Step 2: Write a series of resumes and cover letters for possible job scenarios. Make sure every resume has a clear objective that lets your prospective employer know what you can bring to the job. Check out the JobStar site for detailed information about resumes and cover letters.

Step 3: Research prospective employers. Tap into resources at your school, job boards on campus, the local papers and Internet job sites. Always keep your objective in front of you when searching and make sure the job offer matches what you really want to do

Step 4: Apply for jobs you can imagine yourself doing and being happy with. Tailor your cover letter so you set yourself up as the solution to a prospective employer’s problem as defined in the job description. Only mention what’s relevant to the specific job you’re applying for.

Step 5: Network with prospective employers at job fairs, professional associations, seminars and conferences. Attend events in your industry and connect with people who’ve been in the business for a while and demonstrate that you’re a serious candidate. Plus you’ll expand your knowledge about your work.

Step 6: Present a professional appearance at interviews. Research the company before the meeting. Listen closely to what they ask so you’ll know what they expect of an employee.

Step 7: Follow up every interview with a thank-you card. Send a polite email if you haven’t heard back in a week.

Step 8: Start over with Step 3 if you don’t get a job.

16 Ways to Find a Job, from Bolles 2009
1. Mailing out resumes
2. Answering local “want-ads” (in newspapers)
3. Going to the state/federal unemployment services
4. Going to private employment agencies
5. Using the Internet to either post resume or look for employers’ “job-postings”
6. Asking friends, family or people in the community for job-leads
7. Asking a former professor or teacher for job-leads, or career/alumni services at schools you atttended
8. Knocking on doors
9 Using the pone book’s yellow pages to identify subjects, fields, or interests
10. Joining or forming “a job club”
11. Doing a thorough self-inventory of your transferable skills and interests
12. Going to places where employers pick up workers
13. Taking a civil service exam
14. Looking at professional journals
15. Going to temp agencies
16. Volunteering

According to research referenced by Bolles, use several, more than 1 but not more than 4 methods, and don’t give up!