Think before you act.  Not always easy to do especially when you are unemployed and looking for work.  But having a job search goal with a clear strategy and tacticc to reach that goal is important.  No doubt, it will change along the way, although having a carefully thought-out plan keeps you from straying too far from your goal.

Many career planners use the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting method which helps a job seeker look at their job goal from several points of view.

I've included a few links to SMART goal setting worksheets.  Why is it called SMART?  Here's why:

S = specific.  Goals cannot be vague or too general.  Try to be specific as to what you want.  And confirm that you can summarize your goal and what you are trying to do.

M = measurable.  You must be able to measure your progress towards reaching your goal.  How will you know what you have reached your goal?  What will have happened?

A = achievable.  Can you actually get there from here?   Is your goal beyond your reach or if so, is it still doable?

R = realistic. Is your goal even possible?  Is too much to achieve in the time period you have set for yourself?  Have you check your facts and gathered all the information you need to ensure this is a goal vs. a dream?

T = timely.  Having a timeline helps monitor your actions, especially if you tend to procrastinate or get distracted.  Sticking to a schedule that is based on the SMAR of the SMART goal setting principles should help.