As today's knowledge worker, you have to think of yourself as your own business, You Inc.
WRITING AS A KEY SKILL
E-mail, chat rooms, communities, and list serves all add up to one thing. No, not the need to be internet savvy but the increasing reliance on the written word. We almost thought of it as a lost art form and certainly it has changed. How you come across in the electronic age will be just as important as being a life long learner. So make sure that your grammar, spelling and sentence structure properly reflects the image you wish to present.
See previous tips below.
Key Number One - Research & Preparation
Here are some good sites to begin looking into your career options:
The JobHuntersBible is a site put up by Richard N. Bolles as a companion to his famous What Color is Your Parachute. Do check out this site. For a recent article on this book and on Dick Bolles go to this FastCompany article.
Don't forget to try out Quintessential Careers. The have several free career assessment quizzes and lots of other information for your job search.
Career Headhunter: lots of job listings, resources and résumé hints. Particularly good for that younger crowd, but there is some great advice here for all ages. (If you are a Canadian new grad, I would also try Human Resources Development Canada site.)
Key Number Two - Networking
Sending out Résumés
The part that most people hate about the job search is what they consider to be cold calling. So instead, they tend to mass distribute résumés either by getting them listed on the internet or mailing out résumés. The hope is that the right job will come to them. Sorry folks. That isn't how it works.
First, what are the effective methods to find employment? Targeted
Networking results in 50 - 85 % of all jobs obtained. Search Firms
(10%), Answering adds (5 - 10%) and the use of Marketing Letters
accounts for less than 10% and usually averages about 2%.
Building a List of People
If targeted marketing is what it is all about, where do you start. The first thing to do is to sit down with a piece of paper and begin to make a list of ALL the people you know even remotely. We all know about 300 others people personally but for now just try to make a list of 30 (or 10%).
This list isn't to be used to go out and beg for a job. It is a source of information gathering. No one likes to be put on the spot but almost everyone likes to be of assistance and give "advice". Just asking for their opinion about what they would do or who they would talk to is how you pursue the conversation. Tell them you are looking for new opportunities and are doing some research on a specific topic and then ask them about it.
Have you heard of the concept of 6% of separation? It seems that each one of us is only 6 people away from anyone else in the world. In other words you know someone, who knows someone who knows someone ... and after 6 iterations you can reach any body. That means, some of those people on your list may not only know directly about job opportunities but probably do know someone who does. Your purpose is to find and get to the decision makers.
It is amazing just how much information is just copied over and
over again - without giving credit. Rather than reinvent the wheel or
imply that this is our material. check these sites out for yourself.
a quick overview and 20 key questions click here:
Key Number Three - Resumes
This is the site to visit: Gary Will's Work Search. It has just about everything you need to create a great résumé and more. Be patient; it use to take a while to load.
Key Number Four - Interviews
Boy is this a huge topic and one that we could go on and on about. The key thing to remember is preparation. You can never be over prepared but you can look too rehearsed. The criticism is that you may begin to think that it is how you present yourself and not really your ability to do the job that will be the final determinant. You would be right.
Next is understanding what kinds of questions you will be asked and what the interviewer is really trying to determine. Most of the questions will fall into about 5 Types. The purpose is to discover your:
Key Number Five - References
Reference checks are often not leveraged as much as they should be by both the candidate and the potential employer. This, however, is changing.
Key Number Six - Negotiations
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