THR Partners

THR Partners, Executive Search Firm specializing in the HVAC, Appliance, and Commercial Restaurant Equipment Industries

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  • Take time to review your social media presence. Hiring authorities and recruiters are increasingly utilizing social networks more and job boards less, which is why it is an important element of your job search process. Linkedin continues to dominate the social media networks that are used for recruiting efforts.

    Social media helps hiring authorities and recruiters research who you are, what you have accomplished as well as gain insight in to your personality. This helps them determine if you have not only the credentials they need, but if you would fit into their company culture. Often the review of your social media presence is your unofficial first interview.

    If you have applied for a specific opportunity, most hiring authorities and recruiters will review your social media presence before you are contacted. It’s important for you to know where they focus their attention when they are reviewing your profile:

    • Work History
    • Education
    • Industry Knowledge
    • Communication Skills <x{(}>(spelling, punctuation, grammar and ability to communicate effectively)
    • Hobbies
    • Interests
    • Use of Profanity
    • How you use your Non-Working Hours
    • Use of Alcohol or Illegal Substances

    When you review your exposure on social media sites, look at them through the eyes of a hiring authority. Based on what you read, does your information encourage a hiring authority or recruiter to contact you? If the answer is no, make a commitment to improve the information you are sharing on social media sites, to help improve the results of your job search.

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  • Your success depends to a great degree on 10% of what happens to you and 90% on how you react to what happened. You can’t control the job market, you can’t control hiring authorities, you can’t control the economy, but you have 100% control over how you choose to react. It’s important to realize that often the best reaction is NOT to react!

    The following percentages represent why job seekers fail:

    • 10% Not enough velocity behind the job search
    • 10% Not consistently utilizing new resources
    • 10% Weak networking efforts
    • 10% Poor follow up
    • 30% Poor interviewing skills
    • 30% Negative attitude and negative expectations

    Most job seekers could succeed more if they just changed the way they think. This is a dedicated discipline that must be practiced daily.

    • Ignore people who tell you “you can’t” and develop the attitude “watch me!”
    • Ignore negative news – concentrate on something to enhance your career and job search
    • Don’t allow yourself the luxury of staying in a bad mood more than five minutes
    • When problems occur <x{(}>(and they will) immediately turn your focus to possible solutions

    Don’t dwell on what you have experienced in your job search to date. You can’t change what has happened in the past, you can’t change what you’ve done so far today, but you CAN change what you do from this moment forward. You must remain PROACTIVE and make things happen in your job search vs. REACTIVELY waiting for opportunities to knock on your door.

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  • Your unique selling proposition is more important than ever in today’s competitive job market. You spend your entire life building your credentials and your reputation. You are also acquiring attributes that make you unique. It is the job seeker who best articulates their Unique Selling Proposition that will progress in their career and ace out their competition.

    If you’re not sure of your Unique Selling Proposition, ask yourself the following questions:

    1. What can you say to an employer that other individuals cannot?
    2. What accomplishments have you achieved and what was the impact on past employers?
    3. Why should someone “really” hire you?
    4. How will you provide a better “return on investment” than someone else?

    Solid experience and credentials might result in an interview, but how do you stand out from other candidates? A critical requirement in getting hired is the ability to communicate your unique selling proposition USP and then link it to the profitability or challenges being faced by the company you have targeted. The time to identify your USP is at the beginning of your Job Search Process. You then communicate it to every prospective hiring authority from the moment you make you initial contact.

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  • The time to get a HOLIDAY JOB is now! Many companies are hiring hundreds of people over the holidays including retail stores, UPS, Federal Express, boutiques and anyone else impacted by the holiday rush. Two weeks ago, we had a woman on our weekly job seeker training call who took a job at the GAP in retail sales. She was an experienced Project Manager who had been out of work almost six months. In her second week of employment she waited on a woman and was having a casual conversation when it came up that she was an experienced Project Manager. The woman then revealed that her employer was looking for a Project Manager and as a result, she ended up accepting a new position at a higher salary than anticipated.

    Your ability to network dramatically increases when you are working. You can list current experience on your resume. Often, these seasonal jobs turn out to be full-time opportunities at higher levels. These are just a few of the reasons why you need to get out and find a job over the holidays. It also is good for your attitude and self-esteem to get out of the house and work – even if it is only a part-time holiday position.

    You will generate income, you will meet people on a daily basis and you never know who can open the door to your next job opportunity. Make a commitment today, to interview for holiday jobs within the next 24 hours. There is no better time than immediately, to get this done.

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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!

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