Is your search taking too long? Use these result tasks to restart your search and get back to work
Potential clients frequently tell me they have been on a search for X months with no success, or that they’ve sent out Y resumes with no results. Words When I push for more information, I commonly hear about resumes being posted on job boards and applying to job postings. They may be an important part of your job search but may yield you and disappointing results if you only do them. It’s time that you critically examined your job search methods if you aren’t happy with the results.
Are you dedicating too much of your time and effort to low performance while neglecting higher-result tactics while the more effective tactics – such as networking — usually require you to step out of your comfort zone, the returns you get from your time and effort are much higher. Here are a few high-impact tips for expediting search that may help you.
Examine your résumé carefully. Strategic resumes are highly focused marketing tools that target a potential employer’s needs and problems. Your resume should focus on conveying and illustrating your unique value proposition—how you can solve their problem and how you’ve done it for someone else previously. How will it get an employer these same or better results?
Is it dialed into what is needed? Are you accurately portrayed in the resume? If not, It’s time to start again. If you need help, you can contact me for a resume critique or LinkedIn profile critique (I charge for it, of course) or a referral to a resume writer.
Now, examine your methods in detail. Do your job-search methods convey professionalism? Are you well-mannered and do you convey that you’re a subject matter expert?
Do you send an introductory email to new contacts? Is your online voice consistent or inconsistent? What does your username reflect on your personality . . . If anything?
Your competition is strong. Step up your networking. Networking is the most effective search technique, but also the least utilized. You may not want to hear this, but networking is essential and it is the fastest route to your next position.
Let’s bear in mind that when networking, you are looking for openings, introductions to people who might help you by offering advice and introductions. Would you be offended if someone contacted you to tell you about their job search and asked if you could help? Probably not. You might even be flattered. This is how people in your network and the general public see you If you don’t have regular face-to-to-face with your network, use email or text and follow up a few days later with a phone calls. Most people will be happy to assist you. W hether they can help you or not, sending a thank you will leave a favorable impression.
Before sending your resume, conduct a lot of research— the geographic area and businesses that interest you and choose those that seem to hold great promise and entice you. Study more. The information available on the Internet is enormous.
Understand as much as you can about the hiring managers, their marketplace, and their goals. This is a great opportunity to pick up new business. Who do you know who knows someone who knows some else at the company you are interested in? What is the ROI that the company could expect if they hired you?
After you have answers to these questions, create a targeted email to headhunters/ recruiters. Don’t just use one of the cheap services that spam your resume to 1000s of supposed recruiters.
Giving your resume to headhunters: This approach ensures that you reach those who are interested in knowing more about you. They will match you to your search queries, and, and if you fit, you will receive a phone call. Other than that, they will try to talk to you in the future position available. This is the most passive and least demanding of all of all the things you can do. Whether it is passive or not, you should make this job search tactic part of your overall plan.
Last but not least, please don’t forget to follow up! Go into your job search as if it is a full-time job. Maintain a schedule of your daily activities, keep track of the contacts you’ve made, and follow up consistently.
Finding work can be very stressful. The time you spend searching is just as important as what you search for. Focus on the tasks with the greatest yield/payoff and you will return to your job sooner rather than later.
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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