You recently either made the decision to find a new job or you had that decision made for you. Either way, it’s important to understand that the job search process should be treated as if it were a job. To begin with, you must develop a job search plan. That plan should first define the job you seek it’s important to be honest with yourself when you define the description of the job you are seeking. It may take a little time because for many of us, the reason for our job search includes a period of anger or even grieving. Sometimes a change in career direction is the best option, but once your decision is made, it’s time to get to work. I’d start by developing a core resume that could be easily modified for each specific job opportunity. I’d recommend the yourcareerplace.com, “Developing an Effective Resume Strategy Workshop.” Next, I’d get to work on an effective social media plan that included a list of contacts and groups. Some job seekers spend many hours each day searching job sites, but the truth of the matter is that most us find our next job through contacts. Your plan should probably include both job sites and social media, but after locating attractive opportunities, finding contacts with a history with that Company will improve your chances for success. Working hard is always a good thing, but working smart is always better. Visit yourcareerplace.com often and review the wealth of Webinars archived to help with your job search.