Virtually every career coach, outplacement adviser, or college career service officer will agree: the best way to get a job is to network your way into it. But that can be a tall order if you’ve been out of work for some time, or if you think of yourself as a shy or introverted person. And it is doubly hard if you think of networking as just telling everyone in real or virtual earshot, “Help me! What should I do?”
Networking is fundamentally about building relationships, whether online though social sites like LinkedIn, or in-person at all kinds of meetings and informational interviews. Chances are, if you step back and think about it, you already have a good network to begin with: family members, current and former co-workers, members of professional organizations, alumni groups, church or synagogue, and so forth. And then the question becomes: how do you go about the task of getting your network to work for you effectively?
In my article, “6 Ways to Mobilize Your Network” published by U.S. News & World Report, I explain how you can make it easy for people to help you. If you think carefully about how your audience will understand your message, ask for reasonable things, provide specific guidance for people about how they can best help you, and treat the members of your network with respect, you will be well on your way toward success. Read more about how to put these tips into action, and more in my article. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/06/25/6-ways-to-mobilize-your-network
I was so happy earlier this week to get this unsolicited LinkedIn recommendation from Jonathan Allen:
“Arnie is an experienced Job Coach who really knows what it takes to land the interview. I gave Bose my very best resume, cover letter and follow ups, but still got a refusal. Arnie then put forward a better resume, etc., and I landed a great interview and a great job at Bose. I still rely on Arnie’s great advice, and it pays off.”
If you have been running into stone walls in your job hunt, like Jonathan was before we met, you might want to consider the impact that coaching can have on your career. Chances are, I will be able to considerably shorten your job search process. For most people, even cutting off a week from the hunt far more than pays for the cost of coaching expenses. And, if you itemize your tax return, job hunting expenses like coaching can be a deductible expense.
My rates will be increasing during the summer. You will receive today’s rates for as long as you remain a client of mine if you sign up before the increase goes into effect. Let’s figure out together how I can be most effective for you!
The spring days are getting longer and warmer, flowers are sprouting, and recent economic reports show signs that the economy is bouncing back to life at long last. This is the season when corporations move hiring into high gear.
In my U.S. News & World Report article this week I speak about five season-sensitive activities for you to capitalize upon this spring. Learn how by embracing the job hunt process, responding positively to the success of others, volunteering, and two other key activities can spring your job search forward. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/04/02/5-ways-to-put-spring-into-your-job-hunt
I often say that getting a job is a job. It turns out that the IRS sees it that way too! Job hunters can (under certain circumstances) deduct expenses they incur in their search for employment, as if the job hunt were a business.
In this week’s U.S. News article I offer some great specific suggestions from a CPA about how job hunters can find and take several unexpected deductions, as well as how to get a handle on their finances. Please pass it along to anyone who may find it useful! Here’s the link:
The “hidden job market” is one of the biggest of buzz phrases for job seekers. Believe it or not, experts suggest that up to 80 percent of the available jobs at any one time are hidden from public view, although absolute documentation is hard to come by. So where are all these jobs, and how can you access them?
My article, “How You Can Find a Hidden Job“, in USNews & World Report demystifies all the “buzz” about the hidden job market, explains why some jobs will never be made public, and how you can go about the task of pulling back the curtains to reveal the opportunities that are just waiting to be discovered. Here’s the link to the full scoop: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/29/how-you-can-find-a-hidden-job
These days resume evaluators assume that their job is your objective. They are tired of looking at “Objective Statements” at the top of a resume, because at this stage the process is all about the employer’s objective to find great talent rather than the job hunter’s objective of finding a great job. A successful resume today replaces the “this is what I want” statement with a “this is the value that I offer” branding statement.
“Personal Branding” is today’s operative buzzword. Some job hunters are befuddled by what that is all about. In my USNews & World Report article I get to the heart of the statement that gets to the heart of who you are: your attributes, your value, and your uniqueness. Moreover, I provide examples of three different “knock your socks off” branding statements and how you can go about the task of projecting your value through your personal brand. Here’s the link to the full article: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/15/resumes-101-swap-a-stale-objective-for-a-fresh-branding-statement?goback=.gde_4051582_member_204643023
The New Year is at hand. With holiday parties over, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and execute your resolution to move your career to the next level.
As you sit down to compose or edit your resume, remember that its singular purpose is to address an employer’s first question: “Can this person do the work that is associated with this job, and do they have the right background to make a potentially strong fit?” Only if you pass this test can you begin to move along the other stages of the hiring process.
In my latest article published by USNews & World Report I show how you can use your intelligence, perspective and especially the power “How” to juice up your resume and jumpstart your job search for 2013. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/02/3-ways-to-power-up-your-resume-for-the-new-year
This week I interviewed Susie Hall, the President of VitaminT – a very large recruiting agency that deals primarily with “creative types”. We spoke about how recruiters go about finding great candidates, what they look for, how they network, and how job seekers can get on their radar. I’ve shared the highlights of that discussion, along with several tips about things that a job hunter can utilize to create an effective personal brand and get hired faster. Note: her advice is valid for people with all kinds of backgrounds, interests and aspirations. You can see what she says by following this link to my USNews & World Report article for this week: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/12/26/how-to-be-found-and-prized-by-headhunters#comments.
Happy reading… happy hunting, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!