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 or plan to reach that goal is important. It will probably have to change along the way, although a carefully thought out plan keeps you with straying too far away from your goal.
Many career planners use the SMART goal setting method which helps job seekers 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. Be able to 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? Can you achieve your goal in the time period you have set for yourself? Have you checked 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 SMART goal setting principles should help.