Action Plan

To keep moving forward it is useful to have some kind of plan in place. It doesn't have to be in tablets of stone as you will no doubt develop ideas over time. An action plan is about setting goals for the near future and longer term so you have concrete aims to work towards. It is helpful to have an action plan at any time in your life but it will offer you real focus if you have already lost your job.

Action plans for the future work best when you know exactly where you are now. A good starting point is to conduct a personal SWOT analysis, which will help you to assess your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

  • You need to be as specific as possible when making your action plan. You will probably have several major goals so break each one down into a list of tasks. It's not much use to simply say 'I want to find a job' as you are making a giant mountain you have to climb.
  • Cut things down into manageable chunks, for example; do a SWOT, write new CV, check local paper for jobs on a Wednesday.
  • For each goal ensure you write down what actions you will take, who or what can help you and set a realistic timescale and try to stick to it.
  • Once you have devised your action plan don't just shove it in a drawer. Either stick it on the wall in a prominent place, maybe on the fridge in the kitchen or return to it here.
  • Keep checking back with the plan and updating it as you would do with your diary so you are reminded of what you have to do.
  • Some people find it useful to share their action plan with their partners because this can help to keep them motivated and recognise progress.
  • You will need to revisit and revise the action plan over time as you gather new information and your objectives evolve.