Time to jump start your job search.
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In the words of Paul Simon, “there must be 50 ways to leave your lover”. There are at least 50 ways to leave unemployment! Let's get going!
You just slip IN the back, Jack
Get an inside referral from someone who works in the company!
Make a new plan, Stan
If what you are doing, isn't working, you have to try doing something different. Make a new plan!
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Pursue each job opportunity with fervor and especially during the interview, let them know you WANT the job.
Just listen to me
Whether it be me or another job search coach, get professional advice!
Hop on the bus, Gus
The career bus that is! This won't be your last job search, begin today building a career that is going in the direction you want.
You don't need to discuss much
Be aware of how much dirty laundry or even detail you divulge during interviews. Often, less is more!
Just drop off the key, Lee
Leave your baggage behind. Too old, too young, no degree, too many degrees; when it comes right down to it, all that really matters is that you have the skills to do the job and they like you.
And get yourself free
Pursue a job you love and you'll never work another day in your life!
Fun and games aside, let's check out 50 ways to get a job!
- Know what you want to do
- Tell your friends, family and colleagues what you are looking for
- Be able to succinctly tell people what you do in a way a child could understand
- Look for jobs that are slightly different from what you used to do
- Use the job boards and company websites
- Join and participate in professional associations
- Check in with your Alma mater
- Become active in your community
- Spend most of your time away from the computer
- Attend networking events
- Build a robust LinkedIn profile
- Use LinkedIn Groups to meet new people
- Scout out recruiters who do placement in you line of work
- Develop new skills in-demand
- Track your time and activities and assess what needs to be adjusted
- Use Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to learn about company culture and meet insiders.
- Re-connect with past employers
- Research people before meeting with them to build rapport faster
- Create a list of 30-50 companies that could potentially hire you
- Attend conferences, trade shows or professional meetings
- Write a solid and compelling cover letter (no templates allowed)
- Customize your resume for every job
- Always send a thank you
- Take the harder route…always chose the option that is hardest for you
- Don't forget to look for civil service and government jobs
- Join or create a job search project team to keep you on track
- Follow up and don't give up
- Spend at least 30 hours a week dedicated to productive search activities
- Schedule networking meetings at least a week in advance
- Develop accomplishment stories to tell during your interviews
- Practice interview answers out loud
- Know all the details for the interview: who, where, and when. Don't assume.
- Be comfortably confident and make the interview an exchange, not an interrogation
- Make LinkedIn work for you by pinging your connections when they share information
- Have a professional email signature
- Know when it is time to ask for help
- Have solid, well-coached references lined up
- Know your backup plan
- Create and use a personal marketing plan
- Expand your job search territory
- Be able to put into words the value you bring to your future employers
- Keep working your job search, even after you've had a great interview
- Discuss salary requirements (not income needs) at the last possible moment
- Learn how to negotiate and be ready to negotiate your job offer
- Use the productive hours of the day (8am – 5pm) meeting with people
- Give back to others less fortunate than yourself
- Set measurable goals and time-lines and don't let them slip
- Know the right way to answer the question “why did you leave your last job?”
- Google yourself to make sure your online presence is tip top
- Never, ever stop looking for work again!
About the Author
Hannah Morgan, also known as Career Sherpa, helps people new to job search understand how to navigate the treacherous terrain of today's competitive job search. She is an avid writer and speaker on the topics of job search, reputation management and social media strategies.
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