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Photo: LightField Studios (Shutterstock) Searching for a job can feel like a full time job itself. It’s easy to feel defeated when it feels like you’re sending your resume out into the void and hearing nothing back the majority of the time. Maybe you’re graduating soon, or making a career pivot, or jumping back into the workforce after some time away—the job hunt humbles us all. An action plan is key to turning your overwhelming job search into a much more manageable process—both in terms of your sanity and to increase your chances of getting hired. It’s no secret that I love a good spreadsheet . Whether or not you’re Team Spreadsheet, you should create some form of a career search action plan . Why you need an action plan for your job hunt Your career search action plan is an organization tool to keep all the elements of your job hunt in one place. This not only helps you stay on top of action items, but also visualizes your progress when you need a motivational boost after getting ghosted by Indeed.com. Your action plan will be catered to your specific career search, but there are three main tabs to get started: Goal setting and preparation Tracking progress Evaluating and self check-ins Let’s get into some of the specific action plan items within each tab. Again—I speak in spreadsheet terms, but your action plan can take whatever form works best for you. (But I’d be remiss not to ask: […]