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Your Job Search can be compared to dating. If you don’t date – you’ll never get married. If you don’t interview – you’ll never get a job! Your primary focus must be to schedule as many interviews and informational interviews as possible. If you are not scheduling interviews every week, you need to change the way you are conducting your job search. Chances are you are spending too much time on your computer answering Job Board Postings which is where you have the highest level of competition and lowest return on your time!
Benefits of an informational interview include:
- Learning more about a Profession or Industry
- Expanding your Professional Network
- Informational Interviews often end up as an actual job interview
- Contacts made may open doors to other hiring authorities or introductions
- Help fine tune your ability to ask and answer questions
If you are NOT scheduling interviews weekly, review the following:
- Your Resume – it can either be a ticket to an interview or sabotaging your job search. (Now may be the time to review or rewrite your resume)
- Increase the number of resumes you are sending directly to hiring authorities (marked Personal & Confidential)
- Increase your Professional and Personal Network DAILY
- Offer to provide additional information each time you make a follow up contact
- Utilize all forms of communication including: direct mail, telephone, email, text etc.
Each interview helps you get more comfortable with the interview process and gives you the opportunity to get back to work. When you are planning out your day for tomorrow, ask yourself the question “What actions do I need to take tomorrow to schedule an interview?” If you are NOT actively interviewing on a consistent basis, you need to change the way you are conducting your search. If you have not completed the 16 Step Process for Finding a Job in our Career Portal, that would also add momentum to your search.
No matter how long you’ve been in a job search start with PREPARE, then SEARCH & CONNECT and finally INTERVIEW. The Preparation Stage of a Job Search is where most mistakes are made. Follow this advice and you will schedule more interviews which can turn around your job search!
Your Job Search is a life changing event filled with many emotions. Your normal routine is non-existent. You will consistently be forced out of your comfort zone and you will experience rejection daily. A Job Search can also be isolating, overwhelming and frustrating when you are not getting the results you anticipated.
Take time today to appreciate who you are and what you have achieved to date. You are the same person who succeeded in the past and you will succeed in your future. Transition is never easy, but it’s important to not identify with failures that will occur throughout your Job Search. Your future employer will be fortunate to have you on their team.
Think of when you felt great about yourself. Think about the time when you had the highest level of confidence and self-esteem. Think about when you felt on top of the world. That is the person who needs to conduct your Job Search. Potential employers will react very positively when they sense your enthusiasm and confidence.
Your resume | CV is either helping or sabotaging your job search. If you are submitting resumes | CV’s and obtaining no results, you need to refine your resume | CV. Start out initially with getting feedback from your family members or friends. Give them a copy of your resume | CV and ask them to read the content rather than just proofreading it for spelling or grammar errors. When they have completed reviewing your resume | CV, ask them the following questions:
1. What type of job or career am I applying for?
2. How many years of related experience do I have?
3. What are my greatest accomplishments?
4. Did my resume | CV sell how I am more qualified than my potential competition?
5. How do you feel I could improve my resume | CV?
Your family members are not employment experts, but they are capable of letting you know what type of first impression your resume | CV conveys. They should be able to understand the type of job you are seeking. Your accomplishments and impact on past employers should be clear and concise. Your resume | CV must entice the reader to want to learn more about you and therefore schedule an interview.
It is also very helpful to have someone review your resume | CV who does not know you. They will often provide more objective feedback and constructive criticisms that could help you refine your resume | CV. You can’t keep using the same version of your resume | CV and expect it to produce different results.
Every positive as well as negative experience throughout your job search represents a chance to grow and learn. We can use this great athlete’s story as an analogy. Michael Jordan was told by his high school coach that he was not good enough to play High School Basketball. He did not let someone else’s opinion of him become his reality. He practiced harder and more than other players and went on to become one of the greatest basketball players in history.
Are you letting the opinions of others limit your job search? Just because one hiring authority rejects you does not mean another one won’t hire you for the exact same type of opportunity. Employers hire individuals who they like, will fit in with their current team and culture and can perform the responsibilities of the job. It is not always the most qualified person who gets hired; it is often the person who clicks well with the hiring authority.
Review your experiences throughout your job search and learn from them – don’t let them limit your goals, thinking or expectations!
Being unemployed can be a challenging chapter of your life, but there are things you can do to stay financially and mentally sound including the following:
Cut Unnecessary Spending from Your Budget
Think of what you MUST spend money on vs. what you WANT to spend money on
Create a New Budget
Call utilities to see if you qualify for discounted rates, call your insurance companies and see if you are eligible for any discounts, utilize coupons and shop at stores known for cheaper prices
Update Your Resume
If you are not scheduling interviews, it could be that your resume is causing you to be screened out
Update Your Social Media Profiles Often
View your sites as if you were a potential employer reading the content and viewing the pictures
Assess the Direction of Your Career
If you did not “love” your last job, research other industries you might enjoy or positions that would be a better fit
Realize Finding a New Job is Your Full-Time Job
Dedicate a minimum of 35 hours a week to your job search activities
Add to your Personal and Professional Networks Daily
You never know who will make the introduction that could result in your next career opportunity
Learn New Skills
Focus on skills that will improve your marketability
Develop a Healthy Life Style
You are in a stressful situation which makes it more important than ever to focus on Healthy Habits
Don’t Get Discouraged
Learn from your mistakes, complete our Job Search Process and participate on the LIVE weekly calls. Sign up for these calls at www.thrpartnerscareercenter.com.