9 Tips to Empower Your Job Search
By Martin Buckland - Executive Career Management Professional
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Looking for a job is a job unto itself and should be tackled aggressively and with a plan. When I coach my executive clients on the ideal job search day, I tell them to spend 12 hours per day, 5 days a week job hunting and networking. I know you’re gasping at the thought right now but here’s 9 tips to empower your job search campaign.
- Remember you are in a race, a competition to the finish line, so you need to differentiate yourself and gain increased exposure through in-person networking and social media.
- Do not become complacent in the second and third interviews thinking the job is yours. Racket up your impact and level of professionalism so you look like the number one candidate.
- Hand write a thank you letter to the interviewer or interviewers thanking them for their time and reiterating your commitment to secure the job.
- Do not identify salary information or expectations in a cover letter in response to an advertisement even if “Only resumes with salary history and requirements will be considered.” If your resume tells a compelling story and the background fits, you most like will be called.
- Always remember your behaviour, deportment and mannerisms are being scrutinized in all your interactions, especially when networking and during the interview. Don’t be a fool and go outside expected business and cultural behaviour or your brand.
- Spend 80% of your time on those activities that generate an 80% return. Wondering what single activity produces the highest ROI? In-person networking!
- Build constructive and respected relationships with Executive Recruiters. However bear in mind, recruiters don’t find you a job, they work for their clients not you! For more information about the benefit of Executive Recruiters, read one of my other posts on Social Hire https://www.social-hire.com/career--interview-advice/4776/executive-recruiters---how-they-can-bring-value-to-your-career.
- You are responsible for following up with your networking contacts and interviewers. Don’t accept the “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” concept.
- Do not respond to the same advertisement numerous times thinking it’s a lotto and you will increase your chances. Wrong! Flooding an employer with your resume makes a negative, not a positive, impression and you only have one chance to make a persuasive first impression.
When conducting a job search, remember these words from famed motivational speaker Zig Ziglar: “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude “
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Martin Buckland, President of Elite Resumes, is a leading resume writer, career coach and job search strategist with a global clientele. Martin currently holds the following certifications: Certified Professional Branding Strategist, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Job and Career Transition Coach, Certified Job Search Trainer and Co-Pilot Executive Coach. Visit my website at http://aneliteresume.com/.
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