When friends ask me for advice about searching for “what’s next,” I typically send these well-worn suggestions. I’m paying it forward by sharing them more broadly. Additions & feedback welcome!

First Things First:

Career development maven Liz Ryan (Human Workplace), offers this helpful checklist, saying job seekers should have: a clear idea of the job you want, a target employer list, a human-voiced resumé, an updated LinkedIn profile, case studies or “dragon-slaying stories” to cite, a professional network, and the confidence to know that not every employer deserves you.

Pain Letters:

Find a job or two that really excites you, and write to the hiring manager, describing a problem you can solve for them. Liz Ryan calls these “pain letters.” See her advice below. You may never fill out an application again!

Resumé Writing:

Free Resources from WSJ:

My talented colleagues in the Wall Street Journal’s Digital Experience & Strategy Unit are sharing their best career advice:

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