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

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  • Employers like to hire individuals who are confident in their ability to do the job and are also sincerely interested in working for them! If it comes down to a difficult decision of who to hire, they will go with the person who they feel really wants to work for them! How do you become that person? You become that person with your follow-up process.

    The following is a list of the various times when you need to establish a follow-up system:

    • After you send a resume to a prospective employer. In your cover letter, you should state you will follow-up by phone within a week. Make sure you do exactly that!
    • If a phone or face-to-face interview is scheduled, you want to call the evening before the interview to confirm the interview. This shows your prospective employer that you are organized and thorough.
    • After your interview, you want to send a thank you letter to each individual you met. Ask everyone for their business cards so you have the correct spelling, title and address.
    • You need to follow-up after each interview, to keep the process moving forward.
    • When you provide a list of references, make sure you follow-up with each reference so they will be expecting the call.
    • When you get a job offer, you want to send a thank you note expressing your enthusiasm about their offer.

    Understand time kills deals! If you have been pending for a much longer time than anticipated, chances are they have screened you out and are still interviewing to find a better fit. Most employers won’t tell you that you have been screened out until they hire someone for the job. Often, they forget to let you know when the position is filled.

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  • Take a few minutes to search LinkedIn and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of contacts from your current and prior employers, clients, vendors and schools. These contacts have the potential to help you grow your career or find a new job. In addition, it can be a good source of employment references, as well as reference checking. Individuals with more than twenty-five connections are thirty times more likely to be approached with a job opportunity than a person with less than five contacts.

    8 steps to properly utilize LinkedIn to find a job or have a job find you:

    Step 1Create a Profile – Create a detailed profile on LinkedIn, including employment (current and past), education, industry and web sites. Do not rewrite your resume; your profile should be a mini sales presentation.

    Step 2
    – Consider a Photo – You can add a photo (a headshot is recommended or upload a larger photo and edit it) to your LinkedIn profile. Note that it must be a small photo – no larger than 80×80 pixels.

    Step 3
    – Keywords and Skills – Include all your resume keywords and skills in your profile, so your profile will be found.

    Step 4
    – Build Your Network – Connect with other members and build your network. The more connections you have, the more opportunities you can surface.

    Step 5 – Get Recommendations
    – Recommendations from people you have worked with carry a lot of weight.

    Step 6
    – Search Jobs – Use the job search section to find job listings.

    Step 7
    – Use Answers – The Answers section of LinkedIn is a good way to increase your visibility. Respond to questions and ask a question if you need information or assistance.

    Step 8
    – Stay Connected – Use LinkedIn Mobile ( to view profiles, invite new connections, and access to LinkedIn Answers from your phone.

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  • When you first embark on your job search journey, you are filled with anticipation, enthusiasm and high expectations. If your job search efforts continue over a long period of time, you have may have already experienced rejection, objections and frustration. Many job seekers feel that their resume just gets lost in some deep dark hole never to be read or noticed. This is especially true, when you spend most of your time answering job boards or jobs that are posted on various websites. This is where you will encounter the highest level of competition and the lowest level of results.

    You can limit rejection by implement the following:

    1. Only apply for jobs where your credentials match the requirements of the position
    2. Customize your cover letter and resume to highlight the appropriate key words for each position
    3. Spend most of your job search time developing and contacting your professional network
    4. Directly market yourself to hiring authorities DAILY! <x{(}>(To the person who would be your bosses boss)

    Over 50% of job seekers find their next opportunity by networking and directly marketing themselves to hiring authorities. If you want more information on how to market yourself, log into our Career Portal and review the three phases of your Job Search i.e. Prepare, Search & Connect and Interview. There are many tips that can put new life into your job search.

    It is important to realize that when you do not hear back from a company or hiring authority, chances are they are not rejecting YOU personally. In fact your resume could have been screened out by an automated system. A Job Search is a sales process and each NO you hear is that much closer to a YES. Commit to a high level of actions each day, put most of your time into networking and direct marketing and you will begin to move your search forward while reducing the level of rejection.

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  • Every job seeker has strengths and weaknesses that often surface during a job search. It is important that you continue to improve, learn and unlock your potential.

    Ask six questions that will unlock your potential:

    1. What if fear of the unknown is negatively impacting my potential? It’s important to realize that the future is always an unknown. Imagine the best possible future and if it isn’t exactly what you expected, remain adaptable.
    2. What if blaming others is holding me back?
      If you get caught up in believing your fate is control by others, you will greatly limit your potential. It is vitally important to your success that you stop blaming others and ask yourself “  What can I do, regardless of what others are doing or saying?” You have 100% control over how you choose to react.
    3. How do I realize my full potential if taking action feels overwhelming?
      Most individuals are not comfortable conducting a job search, even if they have sales experience. For those with no sales experience, a job search can and often does feel overwhelming.  Break your job search down into small steps you can take, to make sure you keep momentum going. Think of what you can do today, no matter how small, in order to keep your emotions intact.
    4. How do I not become my own biggest barrier, to finding a job?
      In order to unlock your potential as a job seeker, it is critical that you do not give up too soon. So many people stop when one door closes, not even realizing that behind that door are wonderful opportunities just waiting for you to pursue them.
      Finding a job is filled with objections and rejection and it is often the person with the highest level of dedication and persistence who eventually ends up with the job offer. Realizing your potential takes incredible tenacity!
    5. How can I improve my weaknesses?
      The first step in improving weaknesses is identifying them. Once you have identified your weaknesses, take small steps to consistently working on improving these areas.  Hiring authorities are attracted to individuals who know HOW to identify their weaknesses and are impressed to hear improvements you have made in those areas.
    6. How can I gain leverage from my strengths?
      Take time to realize and appreciate WHO you are and what you have to offer. Review your work history and the impact you have had on past employers. What skills do you have that are most transferrable? What accomplishments would be more desired by a future employer?  Identify what is stopping you and take steps to unlock your potential during your job search! Once you do, you will enjoy better results.
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  • A job search is not a comfortable or enjoyable process for most job seekers. If you have been in a job search for a period of time, frustration and the fear of the unknown can sabotage your job search process.


    • Limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to the news. Remember good news does not sell advertising
    • Limit the time you allow yourself to worry – it truly is waster energy
    • Write down positive affirmations in the present tense and read them daily
    • Write down your highlight of each and every day
    • Conduct a reality check – and understand you WILL find a job!
    • Meditate at least 15 minutes daily


    • It is important to remember the definition of F.E.A.R. – False Events Appearing Real
    • Understand fear can negatively impact your health
    • Avoid political news that is basically fear-mongering
    • Realize frustration and fear will negatively impact your networking effort
    • Volunteer to help others less fortunate than yourself
    • Stay as busy as possible, viewing your search as your full-time job

    When you learn to minimize your frustration and fear, you will be more successful in your job search.

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