Every business plan starts with what need a company will fulfill. Based on the need identified, the rest of the business plan builds from there. For a search, it is defining the role you seek.
I had the good fortune to meet with numerous companies and contacts to help me define the need before I truly engaged my search. Once I defined the goal, I could build a plan to fulfill that goal.
Without a role or roles in mind, it is difficult to plan and articulate your contacts on how they can assist your search. People who agree to network are agreeing to help you, so give them what they need to help.
Now, about what you want. Be mindful of comments/feedback about your goal. People can give you an objective view of what they see and hear about your plans for a job versus a career. They are telling you what you want, not just what you need.
Don’t be afraid to refine the role you seek as it may be a better fit for you.
Even if your situation requires you take a ‘job’ – it does not mean you cannot work on your career once you start working, so listen to what you want.