I heard over the weekend from a job seeker I've been consulting with over the last two months that they got a job offer from an organization they really wanted to work for!
This was particularly special to me considering the low point they were at when they started (they'd just been laid off after 25 years with a company) and how much personal anxiety, anger and frustration they had to overcome to motivate themselves back into the job hunt.
As I've been meeting with job seekers at my Career Bootcamps over the past few weeks, I'm reminded of a few things:
Job seeking is hard. There's an unnatural amount of rejection that is hard not to take personally.
Job seeking is also a strategic game. And with any game, it also comes with rules. And the rules of how to identify a job lead all the way to securing a job offer have changed dramatically in recent years. If you don't know the rules or don't know how to strategically position yourself in front of other candidates, it becomes more difficult to get the job offer.
No one is unemployable. The other thing is that, in all my experience, working with hundreds of job seekers, I've NEVER found an individual who is unemployable. NEVER. Typically, the job seeker who is struggling needs effective guidance on how to package and align his/her background, experience and accomplishments into a valuable job-seeking brand — a brand that is consistent at every job-seeking touch point such as the resume, the cover letters and the interviews. But as desperate, frustrated and anxious as someone might be about finding a job, the one thing they never are is unemployable.
Job Boards and Networking
One of the best job-seeking tips I can give anyone is to get out from behind your computer screen and start pro actively engaging in the real world to find your next opportunity.
If it's almost Noon and you find yourself in your pajamas in front of your computer scanning job boards, there is something seriously wrong with your job search routine. There is a level of false hope endlessly blasting out resumes and cover letters to jobs posted on job boards.
Yes, I know this sounds odd coming from a guy who makes a living posting jobs on a computer and so let me explain:
My general rule of thumb for job boards is to allocate about 25% of your job search time searching online for job leads.
Identify the job boards where you find the best leads - best leads meaning that the jobs are REAL from REAL companies and organizations. In addition to my site, bookmark Indeed.com, utilize the job board section of LinkedIn and look for other niche job sites that might be specific to your industry. In addition, if you are focusing in on a specific organization, bookmark the section of that company's website where they post jobs.
I typically encourage job seekers to avoid the massive "Monster" type job boards and even Craigslist. You are never sure if the jobs are real, there are a ton of scams and the majority of companies with legitimate jobs have learned long ago that they don't receive the best candidates from these sites.
When you are searching for leads online, focus on the jobs that match your job focus and where your background matches at least 85% of the job requirements. Blasting dozens of resumes to every job posting where you think you meet the minimum requirements is an exercise in futility. The most successful job seekers identify the job postings where they can legitimately connect their backgrounds, experiences, accomplishments and expertise with the requirements of the job. At that point, their time and energy is spent on customizing their resumes and cover letters to prove their background is a fit.
When you've identified the job opportunity, pay attention to the application requirements but also engage in a pro-active and full-contact strategy that gets you out of your comfort zone.
Who do you know at the company? Research the company and their employees on LinkedIn. Find out WHO POSTED the job and call them.
Outside of identifying job leads on job boards, it is critical to use engage in additional success-tested strategies to discover new job opportunities. Creating a repetitive routine of various pro-active strategies will help you become a better and more motivated job seeker and, more importantly, you will start to see positive momentum in your job search.
But first, let's destroy the biggest myth of job seeking:
Being unemployed is not a sickness! There's nothing to be embarrassed about letting someone know you are looking for a job. Almost EVERYONE in the workforce today has been unemployed some time in their careers and has been in your exact position. Professionals are typically incredibly empathetic to your situation and the challenges of looking for a job are fresh in their minds.
I've found for many job seekers, attempting to blindly engage and network with individuals to progress your job search can often be difficult and uncomfortable. But it is a critical routine you need to get used to.
Saying that, try to employ a few of these strategies into your routine:
Cold calls. Identify some companies you want to work with and research some of the key people in the departments that would fit your background. Write out a simple script and make a phone call. Let them know you are looking for a new opportunity and give a short explanation about your background and why you think its a fit. Ask if you can send them your resume and, if the conversation is going well, perhaps a chance to meet for a cup of coffee.
Networking. Call your 'a-list' of connections: former colleagues, bosses, vendors, clients - anyone who knows your work background and is willing to be a cheerleader and a helper in your job search - and start asking for leads, connections or opportunities at their companies. Ask them to open their Rolodex and give you a few contacts to call using them as your reference.
Also, don't neglect networking with folks you might not know too well, but would willing to help. Can a neighbor next door make an introduction to someone in their company's recruiting department? Can a parent on your kid's little league team give you a lead at their company? Talk up anyone in your circle of day-to-day connections and seek information and leads.
Professional Associations. There are TONS of professional associations that represent industries and professionals in specific careers. Identify the ones that make most sense to you and find out when they are hosting events - professional development seminars, after-hour mixers, conferences, etc. - and try to attend. With most associations, you don't have to be a dues-paying member to attend these events.
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