THR Partners

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

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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.

    STAY POSITIVE

    • 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

    CONTROL YOUR FRUSTRATION AND FEAR

    • 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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  • When you are wrapping up your job search efforts each day, always ask yourself one question: “What do I need to do to schedule a job or informational interview tomorrow?”

    Make scheduling interviews your focus and priority every day. Nothing happens unless you do whatever it takes to get in front of hiring authorities. Spend less than 15% of your time responding to job boards. This is where you have the highest level of competition and lowest level of success.

    Become comfortable marketing yourself directly to your targeted companies. It takes time and research to identify the best companies and the person who would be your bosses’ boss. However, it is well worth your effort.

    Often Talent Acquisition professionals are not aware of a hiring authority who would love to upgrade someone on their team. The hiring authority has not told them about their dissatisfaction and has not taken any action to replace this person. Imagine the possibilities if your resume landed on the desk of this hiring authority. They would want to interview you to possibly replace their weak link. Make sure when you market yourself directly to hiring authorities that you submit your resume by regular mail and put the words personal and confidential in the lower left hand corner of the envelope because that is the only thing an assistant won’t open.

    Directly market yourself to hiring authorities DAILY and you will schedule more interviews. You will find more information on this in our Career Portal. If you haven’t completed the 15 step process for finding a job under the sections PrepareSearch & Connect and Interview – you owe it to yourself to get it done!

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  • Over 50% of the individuals finding a job in the current job market find their job through their networking efforts. You should be spending at least 50% of your time building your professional and personal networks.

    Every single person that you know who is working could be the person who opens the right door or makes the right introduction. Don’t only think of people in your profession or target. I know a CFO who was introduced to a CEO by his car mechanic!

    When you are working you always hear about job opportunities. When you are not working, it can seem like no one is hiring. Over 80% of the people currently working would make a change if given the opportunity. This job dissatisfaction is the highest it’s ever been in history which means there will be many people changing jobs. That is not a great percentage for hiring authorities, but it is great news for you.

    Share information and contacts with your network so in turn they will want to do something for you. Networking is a two way street and you must give more than you take if you want the individuals in your network to share their contacts.

    It is also wise to accept part-time, temp or contract work, in order to put yourself in a position to hear about other available job opportunities.

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