Archive for October, 2014

3 Tips on How to Propel You Forward to a New Job by 2015

October 23, 2014

Rocket LaunchWith November almost here, many job seekers I talk with are thinking about putting their job search aside until after the holidays. Their thought is that companies will slack off and not be seeking new employees until next year.

I have found the exact opposite is true. Companies are gearing up their employee searches now so that new employees will be hired and in place when the New Year begins. Budgets for many companies open up at the first of the year and the companies want their staff in place so they can hit the deck running.

NOW is the time to ramp up your job search. Now is the time to focus on the companies where you want to work and send your resumes to them. And, by the way, when you send out your resume, don’t forget to follow-up. It is your responsibility to follow-through, not the prospective employers. If you TAKE ACTION NOW, you have a much greater chance of landing a job for the New Year.

1) Your first step is to have a resume that is a “10” – one that shows your value for the job you want. How do you do that? Know your target – think like the employer. When you are in the market for a new job, promotion or raise, you need to think like the decision maker. What problem does that person have that they need fixed? How does your skill set help them achieve their goals? What have you done, or what can you do to make their job easier? How can you significantly contribute to company objectives? When you help them get whatever they want, they will more than likely help you get what you want.

2) Your next step is to search the Hidden Job Market for opportunities. While estimates vary as to how big the hidden job market really is, most people tracking these things agree that it makes up about 75% of total employment opportunities. Yet, many job seekers have their heads stuck in the job board postings that make up about 3% to 5% of job opportunities, and really yield few results. So you see, you have a much higher chance of landing the right job when you seek out the hidden job market – there are many more jobs and there is much less competition.

3) Finally you have to navigate the Hidden Job Market.
• Focus on several target companies you would like to work for, rather than on specific job openings
• Research these companies, thoroughly, finding out what their challenges might be and learning about the people who can help you get in the door – look on the Internet, in general publications and trade journals
• Look for articles written by people who work at your target companies and begin building relationships with them by email, LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook – ask them to recommend others who might talk with you
• Talk with vendors, customers and employees of your target company – they can often tell you about upcoming jobs and opportunities (these are the hidden sources in the hidden job market)
• Finally, call the target manager at each of your chosen companies – briefly explain who you are, what you know about their business, and how you might help with some of the challenges they are facing. Ask for a 12-minute meeting so you can demonstrate your ability to contribute to the bottom line – stick to 12-minutes. Be prepared to offer ideas and solutions the manager needs.

Using this approach works – it can lead a manager to create a new job for you, once you’ve shown how talented and self-motivated you are.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at paxton.joyce@gmail.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

3 Mistakes That Can Erase Your Success in Finding a Job

October 16, 2014

Mistake #1 – Analyzing the Job Market
If you listen to the daily news, you get mixed messages on how the job market is and it is easy to get depressed and scared that you will not find a job any time soon, if ever. If those are the feelings you have, do not go looking for a job – no employer wants to interview people who are depressed and scared. Instead, switch your focus to be as positive and upbeat as possible, and then begin looking for employers who need help. In many cases, the same companies that are firing people out one door are hiring people through another. Spend your time finding managers who have work that needs to be done. Don’t make assumptions about what jobs are not available.
Which brings us to the single largest directory of jobs that are not available

Mistake #2 – Poring over job boards and the want ads
DespairJob hunters look at the online job boards (or the classifieds) and see opportunities beckoning. So are the jobs data bases. When 5,000 people apply for a job, the job is hardly “available”. Simple statistics will tell you that even an outstanding candidate can slip through the cracks while unsophisticated Human Resources jockeys are screening thousands of applicants. (And that’s before they get around to actually interviewing a few hundred.)

Like that little post card says, “Thank you for submitting your resume. We are currently evaluating your qualifications. Due to the large number of responses, we will not be able to get back to you any time soon.” (If ever) Do you really consider that job available? You would probably do better by buying a lottery ticket.
The other reason these jobs are not really available is because while Human Resources is reading resumes, some headhunter has met with the hiring manager, submitted three candidates, and is helping one of them evaluate an offer. Human Resources might not even know this is happening. Beep! Time’s up. On to the next resume data base. Spend your time deciding where you would like to work and then finding the decision maker for where you want to work – send your resume to them and request an interview.

Mistake #3 – Under-emphasizing, or neglecting your worth
Your worth is what makes an employer want to hire you – not your “tasks and duties.” Your worth is determined by the value you offer the employer. That means you have to take the initiative in your job hunt. An employer cannot extract value from you — you must offer it to them. You can only offer value if you know what the employer considers valuable. That means conducting a lot of research up front, before you approach any employer.

Earn an interview by establishing the value you offer before any meetings with the employer take place. The bottom line in any business enterprise is profit. It’s the thing that enables us to survive to work — and succeed — yet another day. Your job hunt is a business enterprise. If it doesn’t promise profit for the prospective employer, it won’t produce profit — in the form of a healthy job offer — for you.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume that shows your value – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

Tips to “Get In The Door” So You Can “Show Your Stuff” To Employers

October 8, 2014

When clients ask me the most effective way to find a new job, I suggest they research specific companies where they would like to work; and then to get an interview with the person that would be the decision maker for their area of expertise. The goal is to get in front of someone who has the authority to hire you, so you can show them your value – you never know, they just might create a job for you.

How do you inspire a company to create a new job just for you? Forget about your credentials, your history and past jobs. They are irrelevant to a new company. If you focus on your past when searching for a new job, you’ll get yourself into the same dead-end job you just left. Your focus needs to be on the company you’re talking with, finding out what their exact needs are and then showing them how you can meet those needs so they will succeed.

Here’s what you do. Decide where you want to work. Study your target company. Explore the problems and challenges it is facing, and figure out how you can help the company tackle them profitably. Apply your skills and abilities in new ways to redefine your qualifications. Think in terms of what the company doesn’t have, but needs – that’s your new job. That’s the business plan you need to present.

The job you want to create is essentially a new business. But, don’t expect your target company to figure out whether this “new business” is justified. You must be ready to explain it to them. Show how you’ll deliver profit in new ways. That’s what will make the company create a new job just for you.

Know your target – think like the employer. What problem does that person have that they need fixed? How does your skill set help them achieve their goals? What have you done, or what can you do to make their job easier? How can you significantly contribute to company objectives? When you help them get whatever they want, they will more than likely help you get what you want.

Door OpeningYou don’t get into a company by asking the HR department to let you in – that just doesn’t work. To get into the inner sanctum where hiring decision are really made, you need someone with a key – a referral or a personal introduction.

Employees of the company are an obvious solution, but not the only one, and not the best one. You can develop great contacts in a company by talking to the company’s vendors and its customers, its bankers and real estate agents, its landlords and its competitors. These are “players” who can make the kinds of introductions you need. Research them. Build relationships with them.

You will find these people by studying the appropriate periodicals and professional journals; by talking to industry associations; by attending industry events; by making some smart guesses; and by getting on the phone. That’s how headhunters get leads on good job candidates. It’s how you can get past the guard.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***