“What’s this guy smokin’?” you’re probably thinking. Or maybe you think you have a good idea exactly what I am smoking. Now is the best of times for my career? Yeah, right.

You went from having set works hours to the vast open space of free time. We all long for it, but when it’s before us free time can be daunting. Make sure that you set and hold “work hours” each day. That is, dedicated and focused time toward your job search. Know in advance what you’ll do each day.

If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, not to worry. There are qualified professionals who can help you “get to know yourself all over again,” make the best choices, and prevent you from making any hasty moves in your career that you may regret later. As a icf singapore who has helped countless individuals discover the profession that’s a perfect fit for them, I can help you make a positive career change, one step at a time.

Spelling and grammatical mistakes. It seems like common sense to have your resume clean of these types of errors, yet they are still being sent to employers. Your bullet points do not have to be complete sentences, however your introduction or summary can be written in a standard paragraph format. Read your resume out loud to yourself, so that you can get a better review of your work or have someone else look at it before you print it.

Finally he began researching the companies that were hiring to find out more about what they wanted. (I call this informational inter viewing and is one of the first tactics I discuss with clients. Not sure why he left it to last.) The result was that he assisted a company VP in defining a job description for a position. The title was product manager but Mr. Kroog suggested that it needed to include elements of marketing as well as production to encompass the realities of the market today.

Facing reality: what goals do you need to set today to get a job or make a career change? Set a four to six week goal. Make sure to write down what you intend to do by when. For example: To obtain a product development job at the same salary or greater by April 15, 2008. Once you put a specific goal with a target date out there, you can map out daily and weekly action steps to move you toward your outcome.

What does this have to do with your job search? Perhaps you are clear about what job you want. Maybe you know what needs to be done in an effective job search. You know you need to craft a resume and cover letter, look for job openings, and network. You may know what to do in your job search, but do you know “how to” execute effectively?

Ultimately we are all responsible for managing our own careers. The annual performance appraisal is an event that you should prepare for as much as your manager does. As Janine Moon, Master Certified Career Coach says in her book, Career Ownership, ‘There is only one rule when it comes to our careers. Your career belongs to you. It’s your responsibility. You better own it’. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.