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3 Super Creative Ways to Find a Job

3 Super Creative Ways to Find a Job

An Easy Way to Jump-Start your Job Search

 

Look Where Others Don’t……….

As you begin your job hunt, where will you look for openings? Thinking about the online job boards? Unfortunately, that’s where EVERYONE starts their job search. Change your approach to find opportunities your competitors won’t. The last place most people look for job openings is from current or past employers, contacts, and subcontractors.

These people trusted you and thought highly of your skills, making them good resources for job leads. Jot down a list of at least three current or former managers with whom you are still on good terms and whom you can contact for job leads or related resources.

Call or email them right away to let them know you are in the job market and explain to them what you are looking for in a job. In the course of your networking activities, you may want to let these folks know that your job search should be held in strict confidence.

Reach out to local networking groups that meet on a regular basis. There are tons of really good sources out there that can point you in the right direction. Here are a few that will help you get started.

Mastermind Groups (There are Mastermind Groups for a number of different industries, and you should be able to find one by doing a specific web search for your industry……for example: Automotive Masterminds, Finance/Banking Masterminds, etc.), Toastmasters (www.toastmasters.org), BNI – Business Networking International (www.bni.com), Alumni Organizations, Chamber of Commerce (www.uschamber.com), MeetUp.com, LeTip (www.letip.com), Optimists (www.optimist.org), Kiwanis (www.kiwanis.org), and Rotary Clubs (www.rotary.org).

Note that most of these organizations will have either a local, state, regional, national and/or International presence.

 

 


Write a Unique and Catchy Cover Letter

Most cover letters are absolutely awful. The one thing these dismal cover letters have in common: They’re missing the Focus Factor. Your cover letter must focus on the needs of the prospective employer, not your needs.

An example of what not to do or say in your cover letter: “I am applying for a job with potential for advancement where my skills and abilities will be utilized and where I will be challenged.”

Instead, try this: In place of words like “I” and “my”, use the word “YOU.” This will force you to shift your thinking from “I need a job” to how you can help the employer. You will notice dramatic changes in your cover letters, and you will start getting more interviews as a result.

3 Super Creative Ways to Find a Job

 

Follow up Better
Most folks fail to follow up effectively after sending out their resumes and cover letters, if they follow up at all. Instead of calling employers every week and asking, “Did you get my resume?” or “Did you make a hiring decision yet?” try to add value each time you follow up.

You could research the company’s competition and write up a quick report, then send it to the hiring manager.

Or share a success story from your past employment that’s relevant to the employer’s situation, and how it might add some value to their business operations. Always ask what the next steps are in the interviewing process. It’s also important to ask when they plan to make a hiring decision.

If they tell you that they are short-listing candidates for follow up interviews, ask when that will happen, and why it will take that long to get back with you on a decision or next steps. Try to give employers another reason to hire you every time you contact them.

Hardly anybody does this, which makes it a great opportunity for you to get noticed and hired easier and quicker.

If you simply just emailed your resume to a Human Resources contact at a prospective employer, for example HumanResources@Company.com, without getting a contact phone number or exact name of the job poster, then you’ll need to do some leg work to get contact information of the person who the resume went to, or who posted the job opening.

Depending on the size of the company you sent your resume to, there could be multiple human resources people in their department. They could have human resources recruiters assigned by specialty occupations, or human resource generalists that handle all types of positions. Simply got to LinkedIn.com to do a search by company name and contact title.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, I suggest you get one right away. Being connected on LinkedIn definitely has its benefits. If you already have an account, then do a search according to the company name you applied to (There should be a field to the top right of the home page once you login), search by job title such as human resources or recruiter next to the company name, and it should bring up people with human resources and recruiter titles.

You can pick out two or three human resources contacts to send a message to through LinkedIn to see if they respond to your inquiry about who you should be contacting for a follow up on the posted position.

The next thing you can do is search for the company headquarters on one of the search engines to find out the company phone number, and if you have a contact name in human resources, then by all means ask for their direct phone number and email to contact them directly.

If you don’t have a contact name, ask who posted the job opening for the position you applied to, and ask for their full name and contact information.

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Considering a Career Change? You Must Read This First

Considering a Career Change? You Must Read This First

Considering a Career Change? You Must Read This First

Supply yourself with the right tools to make an informed decision about a career change.

Many business-industry journals report that a number of Americans wish they could change their jobs. Those who take the initiative and plan their job search are one step closer to finding the job they enjoy. But give your current employer the benefit of a doubt.

Ask if they can make changes that will satisfy your needs at your current job. If positioned correctly, you might be surprised that your employer could accommodate your request. It could be the difference between being happy at your current employer, or deciding to make a move to a new company or find a new opportunity.

Before you rush to revise your resume for that career change, do your due diligence and be fair to yourself. Take a moment to review these questions and answers and what they might reveal about you.

1.) What is it about my current position that I like?

2.) What is it about my current position that I dislike?

3.) What is it about my current company that I like?

4.) What is it about my current company that I dislike?

5.) What is it about my boss or reporting manger that I like?

6.) What is it about my boss or reporting manager that I dislike?

7.) Is there anything I can do to change or improve current working conditions?

8.) If I am able to make these changes or improve these conditions, do I still want to stay in this job and industry?

9.) Can you translate your skills into your job function?

10.) Are you in an industry or occupation that has limited growth opportunities or advancement?

11.) Is compensation for your type of occupation low or not competitive in the marketplace?

12.) Are you working in an environment that does not utilize your full potential?

13.) Are there any continuing education/training opportunities offered by your employer?

14.) Are there growth or advancement opportunities into a management role within the company, and has that been explained to you by current management?

Answering these questions will give you an idea whether you need to reassess your skills to move on to a new career or add additional skills to improve your current job and increase your compensation, value to your current employer, and overall happiness with your current role.

Here are a few scenarios that may help you decide one way or the other:

1.) I feel like I’m not accomplishing anything important at work, it’s because:

(a) There’s a big gap between what I feel I could be doing and the job description for a typical employee in my field.
(b) My current job doesn’t allow me the help/resources or flexibility to accomplish what I want.

2.) When I first started looking for a job:

(a) This type of work was hard to find in the specific field that I was trained for, and I had to settle for my current job because it paid reasonably well.
(b) I easily found work in my chosen field, but have since become unhappy with my current position.

3.) I look forward to time off because:

(a) I have a chance to spend time on things I enjoy.
(b) I get to relax and not think about e-mail and phone calls.

4.) The hardest part of my job is:

(a) Translating my skills into productive tasks that actually relate to my work.
(b) Coping with either too few or too many challenges.

5.) My field of work:

(a) Has drastically changed within the past few years. My role within the company when I was hired is very different than what I’m actually doing now.
(b) Is pretty much the same as it was when I first started; however, with some continuing education, I could update my skills and possibly get a promotion and a raise.

6.)The number of opportunities for continuing education at work are:

(a) Very limited. I’ve exhausted all options for upward growth and career advancement; although I wish I could do more, like attend workshops, training and conferences. This would definitely allow me professional growth.

For other job related statistics and relevant data, you can visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.com

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Social Media and your Job Search

Social Media and your Job Search

Social Media and your Job Search

Why Social Media has become one of the most important pre-employment research steps for companies for hiring employees.

Social media in its many forms has become an important element in our daily lives, both in business and private life. We have an insatiable need to be connected with each other at different levels. Fortunately for many of us, there are multiple venues where we can do this. The job search component is an important part of that connectivity.

Companies of all sizes have been using social media as a way to further screen applicants for their company positions for some time now. It’s sort of a new version of the background check method. Potential employers verify dates, employers, titles, roles, and other public information that they can find to verify information they have gathered about you.   

What is Social Media?

Social media is a collection of websites and application enablement tools that empower the public to participate in social networking to let their voice be heard. With the introduction of new technologies, platforms and websites that cater to social media, it’s becoming easier to communicate with recruiters, hiring managers, friends, family and various business contacts that may have job opportunities, or know of people who are hiring.

There’s the inherent human connectivity factor that allows us to express our opinions, thoughts, and ideas that some organizations might be attracted to and might consider valuable.

Why is Social Media so important to your job search?

Social media is one of the most important forms of communication available to the masses. It offers a vast array of platforms to communicate your message to let people know that you are the candidate they should hire. Recruiters and business professionals have been using social media for years, and rely on it to source candidates for their job openings. 

Here are some top social networking sites for job seekers

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest

Let’s look at some social media platforms.

LinkedIn

Largely used by business professionals. LinkedIn is a large professional network where you can connect with other business professionals. You can create or participate in discussion groups, or interact at a social level. LinkedIn has over 500 million members (2018) and is widely viewed as a business/professional social networking site. Co-workers, friends, and clients are able to endorse the skills you list in your profile, and anyone who’s worked with you at your previous jobs are also able to leave you a review about the work you did for them or with them.

LinkedIn is being used more and more by employers to find qualified job applicants, and screen for potential contacts that could add value as a connection, and possibly a referral for a job applicant. Here’s how to get started.   

  • If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, you can go to linkedin.com to register and create a profile. Complete the basic and additional information sections of your profile.
  • Update your work history, experience, education, accomplishments, certifications, or other relevant skills you have acquired that will showcase your skill set. Keep it professional.
  • Start using job search tools on LinkedIn to generate interest from companies and recruiters.
  • Include a professionally dressed headshot photo.
  • Connect with business associates that you know, alumni, and new ones that you meet on a regular basis.
  • Post your best work. (If there’s no copyright restrictions).
  • Join groups in your industry, be active, follow organizations that interest you, and participate in discussions from thought leaders. The more connections you have, the better your chances of exposure to new opportunities.


Twitter

A free microblogging service which allows registered members to stay connected via short posts with friends, family, co-workers, organizations, industries, and professionals. This form of communication is called “tweeting”, and you can include links, photos, and video. These short posts are limited to 140 text characters. Here’s how to get started.

  • Create a Twitter handle and professional profile. Keep it simple.
  • Build a respectable profile with your opportunity interests and any links to your website (if you have one), or social media accounts.
  • Establish connections with friends, co-workers, and high value people.
  • Share your content and expertise, opinions, industry knowledge, and samples of your work.
  • Upload a professional headshot photo.
  • Build credibility by answering questions or voting on polls of interest.
  • Look up articles and tweets of interest, follow, reply, and retweet.
  • Do a job search by title, location, company, or specific contact.
  • Follow hashtags. You can type in a keyword then add a hashtag at the end. Here’s what they would look like: #Example.  

 

Facebook

Chances are, you probably use Facebook to connect to friends and family. Facebook has expanded its reach into professional networking, given it already has many of the professional contacts you would find in other social media platforms.

This is just another way to extend your reach out to professionals that could be of value to your network. When creating a Facebook account, you may want to keep your personal and professional profiles separate.

  • Look for positions that you can apply for through Facebook. This is typically done through links that take you to external career websites with job postings.
  • Most Social Media platforms have like buttons so you can like an article, photo, or posting. A good way to start is to “like” your own Facebook profile, and other social media sites where you are a member.
  • Post a video that shows your professional presentation, speaking, and problem solving skills.
  • Be real to your audience. Showing you are genuine and authentic shows character.
  • Start discussions, answer questions, offer links with informative content, and comment on posts where you can add value, and at the same time build credibility.
  • Customize your profile settings so you can have control over who sees personal content and professional content. This can be accomplished using the friend list feature in your privacy settings.

 

Pinterest

This platform is content rich in the creative marketing, graphic arts and visual display space. It provides a creative way to showcase your talents and exhibit your creative side. Postings on Pinterest are called “pinning”. These can be displayed as a collection of pins with a common theme.

  • Come up with a creative headline that highlights your top five accomplishments.
  • Draft an infographic resume that includes images or illustrations of your body of work, and visual graphics that help illustrate messaging. If you have a difficult time designing graphics for the graphic version of your resume, there are applications that can help you with that like Kinzaa, Re.vu, Easelly, Visual CV, and CeeVee, just to name a few.
  • Add links to your profile like photos, videos, and professional information.

For other job related statistics and relevant data, you can visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.com