THR Partners

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

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    Most individuals identify with what they do for a living. When you are faced with turmoil in your career it can also have a negative impact on your level of self-esteem. If you master these strategies, you will retain your confidence and self-esteem throughout your entire career! Your accomplishments and the impact you had on past employers will help you consistently advance in your career.

    STRATEGY #1 – EMBRACE CHANGE
    The only certainty in the job market is change. Being perceived as someone who embraces change enhances your value to your employer.

    STRATEGY #2 – RETAIN AND BUILD YOUR NETWORK
    Your network must be one of your priorities throughout your entire career. More than 55% of individuals, who make a career change, do so as a result of referrals from their network. It is important to build lifetime contacts in your professional network which can be enhanced by using social media.

    STRATEGY #3 – STAY INFORMED
    It is important for you to stay informed about your industry. This includes products, competition, as well as economic conditions. You need to recognize trends and be aware of what is going on around you. This will help you remain knowledgeable and become a valued employee to a prospective employer.

    STRATEGY #4 – HANDLE ADVERSITY
    You will face adversity throughout your career. If you learn to deal with adversity, you will stand out from other job seekers. This can be a learning experience to help you implement new skills that could help advance your career. Don’t worry or become frustrated over things, people or situations you can’t control. Always remember you have 100% control over how you choose to react.

    STRATEGY #5 – UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF TIMING
    Timing is everything when it comes to maintaining or advancing your career. You need to be open to new opportunities. Remember, keeping yourself marketable is the only job security you can obtain. You want to advance or make future career changes on your terms versus that of your employers.

    STRATEGY #6 – BUILD YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
    It is important to have a professional network and a mentor. A mentor is someone who can help advise you, and has nothing to gain by their advice but understands your long-term goals. They can help you navigate company politics and show you how to position yourself to enjoy the greatest career growth.

    Your professional network can open doors and provide referrals throughout your career. Social media has made networking relatively easy. The contacts you make should be developed throughout your entire career. These should be lifetime relationships.

    By implementing these strategies, you will proactively protect yourself and your career. You will also position yourself properly for any future opportunities as they present themselves. These strategies help you maintain marketability and are the primary areas you will stress during job interviews.

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  • WHO CAN HELP YOU REVIVE YOUR SEARCH?

    1. You – If you’re willing to make changes to the way you are conducting your search.
    2. The Fifteen Step Process in our Career Portal – Start with #1 and completed all activities listed under each step.
    3. Professional Network and Professional Associations – Provide them with information and help and they will be more inclined to assist you. Keep them informed of your job search progress. Members of professional associations are well networked and can open doors or possibly hire you.
    4. Personal Network – Your family, friends and associates would love to help you if they knew exactly what they could do for you. Approach them in a very upbeat, positive way.
    5. Revise your resume if you’re not scheduling interviews. If you need help revising your resume, consider using a professional to help you. Your resume is either a ticket to an interview or it could be sabotaging your search efforts. Click here to learn more about our Resume Services: www.thrpartnerscareercenter.com/improve.php
    6. Job Clubs – Individuals who are in charge of these job clubs are well connected. The individuals who attend often turn down offers that may represent your dream job.
    7. Job Fairs – Employers who attend job fairs have job opportunities they are trying to fill.
    8. Alumni Associations or Career Centers in your Educational Institution – Often these organizations are contacted by hiring authorities wanting to hire graduates.
    9. Social Media – Update your social media profiles utilized by your target market.
    10. Recommendations and Testimonials – Hiring authorities do react to the recommendation of others.
    11. Read Trade Publications – Articles in trade publications are filled with job leads.

    Follow this advice and you will add velocity to your job search and begin to enjoy results!

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    You don’t want to waste your time or the time of hiring authorities, if their company is not going to pay you what you’re worth. You need to understand how employers set their salary levels and then adjust your job search.

    If a higher salary is not within a company’s budget, then hiring authorities are not in a position to offer you more money. Companies normally don’t bring in a new employee a higher salary level than the person leaving the job, unless they are enhancing the level of responsibilities.

    It is wise to have an understanding of the following:

    • Average compensation being paid by similar companies in their industry
    • Average pay for someone with your experience
    • How strong your credentials and experience match the criteria of the position

    Conducting this research will stop you from wasting time pursuing companies that can’t provide the compensation you required.

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    It is easy to feel isolated when you are conducting a job search, but there are people, events and resources who can help you add velocity to your search including the following:

    You – If you’re willing to make changes to the way you are conducting your search.

    The Sixteen Step Process for Finding a Job as outlined in our Career Portal – Start with #1 and completed all activities listed under each step. <x{(}>(Prepare- Search & Connect – Interview)

    Professional Networks and Professional Associations – Provide them with information and help and they will be more inclined to assist you. Keep them informed of your job search progress. Members of professional associations are well networked and can open doors or possibly hire you.

    Personal Network - Your family, friends and associates would love to help you if they knew exactly what they could do for you. Approach them in a very upbeat, positive way.

    Job Clubs – Individuals who are in charge of these job clubs are well connected. The individuals who attend often turn down offers that may represent your dream job.

    Job Fairs - Employers who attend job fairs have job opportunities they are trying to fill.

    Alumni Associations or Career Centers in your Educational Institution – Often these organizations are contacted by hiring authorities wanting to hire graduates.

    Social Media - Update your social media profiles utilized by your target market.

    Recommendations and Testimonials – Hiring authorities do react to the recommendation of others.

    Read Trade Publications – Articles in trade publications are filled with job leads.

    Follow this advice and you will add velocity to your job search and begin to enjoy the positive results!

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  • Sitting at home in front of your computer day in and day out answering job board ads and website postings is not the most effective way to conduct your job search. In fact, job boards and website postings are where you have the highest level of competition and lowest rate of return on your investment of time and effort.

    You can network and connect with people in every aspect of your life when you are conducting a job search. When you are not working it is tempting to do things during the day vs. when there are larger crowds after working hours. You should do basic tasks like grocery shopping, bringing in your mail, doctor’s appointments and other tasks when you would have done them when you were employed.

    Anyone currently working could open a door, make an introduction or provide a lead that could result in your next job opportunity. That is why it’s important for you to be out and about when you have the best chance of running in to people who are employed. When you are conducting your research for your job search, you also want to uncover any networking events including:

    • Job Fairs – Even if you think the job fair is beneath your level of experience; all company reps in attendance can introduce you to the appropriate decision makers.
    • Networking Events like Chamber of Commerce after hours – These events are often attended by employers and hiring authorities.
    • Social Gatherings – It is tempting to avoid social gatherings because you fear the question “What are you doing?” You need to respond “I’m a free agent in the open job market and I’ve learned so much.” This encourages questions and often leads to referrals.
    • Free Events | Parades | Community Events – There are many free events and you want to go wherever there are crowds of people. You will inevitably run into people you know, which provides you with networking opportunities.
    • Association Meetings <x{(}>(attend as a guest) – There is an association for every industry or career. Most associations will allow you to attend as a guest which provides you with a great networking opportunity.
    • Trade Shows – You can network with exhibitors as well as attendees at these events.
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