Archive for July, 2012

10 Quick Tips To Put a Job Search Plan Together – Part 1

July 24, 2012

Every effective and efficient job search has a Plan of Action. Without a plan, your job search will probably seem overwhelming and scattered. The very act of creating a plan puts you in control with simple steps to reach your goals. Plans make dreams materialize. They move desires from your head and heart to your hands and feet. Here are ten quick tips to make your career dreams a reality.

Step 1: Take Small Steps

Your first small step in your job search is to develop a plan of action. When listing the stps you need to take, the goal seems easier to conquer, and you can plot out a time frame for what you need to accomplish.

Step 2: Understand The “A-E-I-O-U” Phases Of Your Job Search: Analysis ~ Express ~ Investigate ~ Orchestrate ~ Uncover

Analyze your best fit in relation to market realities, and then settle on one or two targets for the focus of the search. Express skills in resumes, verbal scripts and interviewing responses. Investigate by assembling a list of 5-100 companies and identifying their TOP issues and key contacts. Orchestrate targeted/active and traditional/passive search strategies. Finally, Uncover the employer’s priorities, needs and motivation to hire; clarify the key deliverables of the target position and offer proof the candidate can do the job.

Step 3: Get A “Gotta Have It” Goal

Front and center to any effective plan is a “gotta have it” goal. This goal should be inspiring – what is it that drives your job search – why is it so important to you?

Step 4: Understand The 10 Factors That Affect Attainability Of A Job Search Goal

There are 10 factors that help you in attaining the job you want:

1) your skill set;

2) industry experience and education;

3) motivation;

4) social skills;

5) support systems and network;

6) search strategy;

7) computer skills;

8) target salary;

9) amount of free time available for the search, and

10) potential obstacles.

Using a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest), rate yourself on each of these 10 factors. Shore up any areas needed to speed up the search. If your score is below 50, consider changing the target to a “bridge” job if you want to be in a new position quickly.

Step 5: Hone In On Functional Skills And Industry Experience

The two most common factors for screening applicants are functional skills and industry experience. If you don’t score high in these two areas, your search can stall in a hurry.


Be sure to check my next blog post on Thursday, July 26, 2012 for the remaining 5 tips. Thank you for reading this article. I welcome your comments below.

“Life Has No Remote – Get Up and Change It Yourself”

July 19, 2012

This quote was brought to my attention on the internet – I’m not sure who said it. However, I do really like the message.

This is another quote I have posted in my office – ‘If It Is To Be, It’s Up To Me“.

Basically, they both have the same message. We have to take charge of our own life, no one is going to do it for us.

I remember being down and having a pity party of one, wishing my life would be drastically different – hoping the magic genie would come to my aid and make everything perfect without me having to do anything. Can any of you relate to this?

Unfortunately, when I did nothing, nothing in my life changed. Imagine that. It wasn’t until I decided where I wanted to take my life and made a plan to get there, that positive things began to happen.

Right now in Michigan, we are having some very hot weather with high humidity and it is easy to just want to sit around and do nothing. It’s summer and we want to lay low and wait for cooler weather to come. However, if you are out of work or dissatisfied with your current position, NOW is the time to take action. NOW is the time to get your resume updated and set out. NOW is the time employers are looking in earnest at new job candidates to hire. NOW is the time to decide where you want to go and make a plan to get there. NOW is the time to take the action to find the job you want.

Relying on others to come to use with job offers, or promotions, or raises is most likely not going to happen. There is no magic pill or a quick fix solution to getting the ideal job, or attaining your ideal life.

Which is why I’m sharing 3 simple tips for you to take to get you started in the direction you want to go:

  1. Get clear on what you want ~ Decide what you really want in your career and write it down. What do you want to do? Where do you want to work? What kind of money do you want to make? What skills do you have that you do exceptionally well?
  2. What is stopping you? ~ List what is keeping you from attaining your career goals, and what you have to do, or who you have to talk to or work with to get around your obstacles.
  3. Plan your strategy. ~ Write out a detailed Plan of Action, listing as many points as you need to get to where you want to go. Prioritize your points and then start accomplishing them one at a time, making adjustments as needed.

I welcome your comments below. Tell me how you “changed your channel”.

Finally! Help For Those Who Are 50+ & Job Hunting

July 17, 2012

I am deep in preparation for launching my Affiliation for Business Professionals Over 50. My goal is to address the special needs and concerns for people in this age bracket, whether they are currently employed or looking for a job.

I have talked with many of you and asked about specific concerns. The responses I get include:

  • I am either under or over qualified for each position I apply for
  • My resume seems to vanish into some dark hole, and never receive any calls back from anyone
  • My perception is many employers/recruiters don’t want to deal with people over 50 or 55
  • It’s hard to keep a positive attitude when my job search lasts so long
  • I go to interviews, but never hear back from the company as to whether I got the job or not
  • Many companies want to hire contract help and not hire permanent employees directly
  • I’m afraid my savings and unemployment benefits will run out if I am out of work too long
  • When I apply on the Internet, I do not get any call-backs from the companies
  • I wonder if I can find a job in the same field I have been working

You have shared your valid concerns and I have listened. This is why I have created the Affiliation for Business Professionals Over 50. My goal is to make sure that you have the right information and tools to get as far in your career as you want to do. It’s not your fault that you don’t know this information. The rules are constantly changing and it’s hard to know what currently works and what doesn’t.

So, in order to address this concern, I will be holding a webinar each month where I will interview highly qualified experts in each of these subjects as to how best to address these challenges. I want to make sure you have every advantage to work int he job you want at the pay you deserve.

Please help me by letting me know of any other concerns you have in advancing your career, whether you are currently working or not. If yours are different than those listed above, please put them on the blog comments and I will be happy to address them. I look forward to your feedback.


7 Tips for Going Through a Career Transition – While Remaining Optimistic

July 12, 2012

Seek support and/or training – It’s always better to go through a job search having the support of others. You won’t feel so alone and you will get lots of terrific information and advice. If you want to take your career in a new direction, investigate to see if more training is needed.

Set goals – Know what specific direction you want to go and chart a path for getting there.

Create a plan and work your plan – List all the steps you need to take to go from where you are to where you want to go. Also, list those whose help you will need along the way.

Set and hold daily “Work Hours” – Set specific time aside each day, or each week, to work on your job search. Make sure to track your progress and follow up when necessary.

Take inventory of your skill set, and investigate any job you consider interesting, that would use that skill set – Often times you will have to change industries, if not careers, so you need to know what other types of work you can do, and feel confident of the value you would bring to that position.

Leverage your job search tasks – Make sure the way you spend your time brings optimum results, no matter how much time you devote to your job search each week. Use job boards, but also research companies, network in person, network on the Internet, attend Job Fairs, and set up informational interviews.

Take time to care for yourself – As you know, being out of work and conducting a job search can be very stressful. Take time for yourself. Go for a walk, read, enjoy family and friends, soak in a tub – anything you enjoy that relieves stress for you. Also, give yourself rewards along the way – when you accomplish big and little successes.

I welcome your comments regarding this topic. Also – feel free to ask any questions you might have and I’ll be happy to address them in future blog postings. That way, I can address your needs, and make sure you get relevant information on what matters most to you!

Learn the “Right” Things To Do To Find a New Job

July 10, 2012

“The one who gets the job is NOT the best qualified, but the one who knows the most about getting a job.”

Richard Nelson Bolles, author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?

This is especially true in today’s challenging economy. It’s those who know what techniques to use and how to use them that are getting jobs ahead of their peers. For those of you who are currently in a job search, you are finding out that what worked in the past is not working now.

Do you know what job search techniques work the best? Do you know where to spend your time and efforts so that you are working on things that are effective instead of spinning your wheels? Here are some tips that will help:

  • Companies and recruiters look for candidates on LinkedIn (30 million members) and other online sites such as Indeed and Simply Hired.
  • Each job seeker must have a prominent/professional online presence
  • Every “professional” site needs a “Value Statement” that clearly shows the value you bring to a company

Use multiple channels in your job search:

Job Boards – Monster / Career Builder, etc. – about 5″ of people get jobs through job boards

Social Networking – make sure you are on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter’

  1. It’s critical that your profile on each reflect the message you want conveyed (your value)
  2. Think in terms of what employers are looking for
  3. Join niches within LinkedIn and other online groups that apply specifically to what you want, such as accounting groups, IT groups, sales groups, etc.
  4. Visit professional association websites that relate to the type of job you want, like ASTD, FENG, etc.
  5. Check out groups on the Women for Hire website – it’s not just for women!

In-Person Networking – local BNI, Chamber of Commerce, NETSHARE, MCC and job fairs

  1. Learn how to strike up conversations with people you don’t know. I struck up a conversation at a Chamber of Commerce meeting that could lead to me doing part-time coaching for a local university.
  2. Think about specific topics you could discuss so you wont’ feel so overwhelmed when you are actually with a group of people.

Target specific companies – Decide on 5-10 companies where you’d like to work and find out all you can about them. Find out their pain (where they need help) and show them how you can help.

  1. Avoid the “black hole” in a company. Find a referral or contact in the company and make a verbal/email contact to try to get a referral.
  2. Decide what companies interest you. For instance, would you prefer to work for a company founded by private equity or venture capital, would you prefer to work for a large public company, or a small privately held company, a forward-thinking, fast-paced company, or a time-honored, deliberate company, a regulated or non-regulated company?
  3. Research your ideal job and then find and talk with people who hold the kind of job you want.

Bottom line: Job search is all about networking and getting an internal contact to recommend you!