Steps To Successful Job Search Series #2

Step #2 To successful job search Series Gather the materials you need. Gathering the materials you need may seem like everyone should know this, but it never hurts to reveiw  or understand why. Telephone, answering machine. To have a successful job search it is necessary to demonstrate you are readily accessible to prospective employers and networking contacts.  Be sure to have a professional message set up on your messaging service.  A successful job search requires a message that is a profession reflection of you. An example of a message I’ve heard when recruiting, “Yo,  this is the clown.”  He was not applying for a clown job.  The position I was recruiting for was in the medical environment.  Needless to say, I did not leave a message nor bother to contact him again.   Do return calls within 24 hours. Today social media is a significant presence in recruiting and leading to a successful job search.  I want to caution you as to what you post, follow and send on Facebook, Twitter, etc.  This is a reflection of you.  No risque photos, swearing or bashing of your co workers or previous/former employers. Business Cards Business cards are an essential tool.  It is a personal business card containing your name, address and phone number, email address, LinkedIn url or your website if it is professional and related to the work you are searching for.  On the reverse side of the card a short description of your  talents. Example: ” Leadership Professional:  Changes the ordinary to the extraordinary.”   A business quote that illustrates one of your core beliefs. Business Cards can be printed...

Step #5 Reason For Leaving Statement

Reason for Leaving Most recruiters will ask “What is your reason for leaving?” You need to prepare to answer. In preparing and writing this statement will help you to be consistent on applications and interviews. You don’t want to use negative words such as “unfortunately,” “downshizing,” etecera. Even if you are resigning, your boss will want to know why your are leaving. Items to include Answer the following questions and you will include these in your reason for leaving: • What is the conditions of the business or industry? What prompted the organization to take action? • What was the impat on your position? • What is your perspective on what happened? What significant contributions were you proud of? • What options are you exploring? Write your reason for leaving statement Here is an example: As you may know, the gas industry is currently in a down cycle. This is not unusual in the industry. Xyz company also went through an acquisition and restructuring is taking place for xyz to become more efficient. As result, positions are being combined or eliminated. With the installation of an automated timekeeping system, there is no longer a need for a payroll administrator. I am proud of the contributions I made. I see this as an opportunity to use my strengths and experience in a new work setting. Final words. Practice saying your reason for leaving statement until you feel comfortable with it. Remember you don’t want to reflect hard feelings or resentments....

Step #4 Organizing Your Job Search

Organizing Your Job Search Organizing your job search will also assist you in managing your network and contacts. Additionally, it provides a method for maintaining a pro-active approach and put the information nearby to make follow up calls. Organize your job searchOrganizing your job search will help to cut down on the length of your job search.  You will be able to work more efficiently if you organize your job search. Well, it is good to track how many jobs you apply for per week. Some states may audit your job search for unemployment benefits. Non-techy method If you are not techy, you can organize your job search by centralizing everything in a three ring binder. You can organize the binder monthly or by job category, networking or job interviews. Technology method For those that are comfortable with technology you may want to: Create Folders Creating folders in Word or email program (Outlook) you can save the documents and correspondence. You can also set up an address group and put your contacts for your job search in that group. You can set the folders up by industry or by position. Excel Spreadsheets These are particularly useful to track your progress and leads. You can configure several pages within one documents. For example You can enter all your networking contacts, name, phone number, industry they work in and the date you first contacted them. You can then sort this by date and call those people back that you haven’t spoken to in three weeks. Contact Management Progam Contact management programs such as Access, Act or Outlook can track contact names dates,...

Step #3 Anticipate the length of Job Search

Series 3-Anticipate the length of Job Search While you have no crystal ball to tell you how long it will take to find your next job, you still need to anticipate the weeks and months ahead. Some factors go into figuring this out. State of economy, laborer job vs. management job, weather you are searching in the same field or making a career change. Research has it that it takes one month for every $10,000 of income to find a new position. For management and professional level jobs may take 3-6 months. First things first-financials. If you don’t have a budget, now is a good time to start. I’m not saying to deprive yourself of everything, but you need to figure out how long can you go before there is no money. . Write a budget of essential living expenses. Review your financial resources severance, savings, spouse’s earning. And retirement plan only if needed. For future reference, the rule of thumb is to save at least six months of salary in the event of a job loss. It’s difficult to do, but you will be thankful that you did. Remember Step #1? Remember I said to know what you want? Well, the clearer you are about what job you want or the company you want to work for the shorter your job search. Other Contributing Factors If you are staying in the same field, you already know the industry and the players. Plus you probably have a network established. This will shorten your job search. On the other hand, if you are changing careers you’ll need to rely on...