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
networking events Build a robust LinkedIn profile
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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