Create an Action Plan

This is where you should also begin building your experience, whether it is completing classes to achieve a new degree, acquire certification or professional experience while participating in an internship or volunteer work. Experience and exposure, regardless of the venue, should be part of your preparation process. Not only will experience provide insight into your career choice, it will provide you a building block on which to conduct your job search.


 Preparation and developing an action plan is the final step before beginning your formal job search. At this point, you should have a basic timeframe in mind and understand what steps you need to take in order to accomplish your goal.

At this stage, you should begin to prepare your résumé, cover letters, elevator pitch, sections of your portfolio (if they apply), and names and numbers of references you know who would put in a good word for you professionally. Make sure you always speak with your reference before you use them. You would not want a potential employer to contact one of your references and that reference say something negative about you.

Here are some ideas on how you can get related experience: