Posts Tagged ‘job seeking’

10 Secrets To Finding a Job – Despite a Scarce Job Market

January 8, 2013

ScarceEvery time we turn on the news, we seem to be bombarded with discouraging news about the job market. However, there are open positions that can be found, with persistence. Here are 10 ways you can stay positive and greatly increase your chances for great results. When you take action toward something you want, you remain more positive and feel more in control of the situation.

1)     Strive to be the best in your profession – Demonstrate at every opportunity how you can add value to an organization. Show what distinguishes you from your competition. This applies whether you are currently looking for a job, or whether you already have one. And, keep your job skills current.

2)     Brand yourself – How are you unique? What are your strengths? Who is your target audience? Do you have a personal brand statement? If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, take the time to reflect on them so you know just what VALUE you offer a new employer, or your current employer.

3)     Network consistently – Join Internet networking groups such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Also, join local and national professional organizations, such as your local Chamber of Commerce, or the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), to name a few. Networking is the #1 way to find a job!

4)     Develop a relationship with a recruiter – especially one that works in your field. Being in their database isn’t enough, you want to be the one that comes to mind when they have a position for which you’d qualify.

5)     Think about freelancing – Become more entrepreneurial, whether you work for yourself or someone else. Visit sologig.com. This is a site that hosts jobs just for freelancers and contractors.

6)     If you are out of work, join a support group – The Boot Camp for Job Seekers Who Want Quick Results™ is a terrific place to start. People support one other and provide leads and advice to others in the group.

7)     Embrace change – Keep your job skills up to date. Create a personal website, or at least a great profile (ask about the 60 Second Commercial) on websites such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Take a class.

8)     Prepare for an evolving job market – Look for trends in the job market where there is increased hiring. Growth industries include health care, technology and green living, to name a few.

9)     Your resume is what gets you interviews – Make sure it shows the type of position you want, how you have the skill set for that type of position, and how you have used your skills to make a difference in the various jobs you have held. It must show VALUE, and it must look great, so an employer will pick up the phone and call you. I have an eBook that shows you how to accomplish all of that.

10)  Make sure your credentials and skill set matches the employers job requirements – Pay attention to the employer’s requirements or job posting – you should match about 75 – 80% of what they want.

 

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What Are Your Career Goals for 2013?

December 18, 2012

Thought for the day: “A person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.” ~ Anonymous

goal settingIf you are like most of us this time of year, you start thinking about the New Year and how you would like things to change for the better, especially in your career. In order to make that happen, you have to do things differently. You cannot keep doing what you have been doing and expect things to change – it just won’t happen. You have to make a new plan of action and then implement your plan.

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes have a hard time of following through with what I want to change. We can make all the plans to make changes, but unless we execute those changes, success is not going to happen. Here are some steps you can take to ensure success:

  • Make an INTENTION – something you really intend to do
  • List your ACTION STEPS to carry out your intentions – list what needs to be done to make each intention happen
  • EXECUTE your action steps – schedule them into your daily/weekly routine so they get accomplished
  • Then, CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCCESSES along the way – big and little ones – they will come!

In order to help you achieve your goal, I’d like to invite you to take advantage of a New Year’s special I am offering – “Get Hired Now” – this is personal, 1-on-1 coaching session where you and I will work together to…

  • Create a crystal clear vision for the type of job you want, the income level you desire, and what it will take to make it happen – FAST
  • Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your success with getting interviews and ace-ing them
  • Leave this session renewed, re-energized, and inspired to get hired now in the best, highest paying job you’ve ever had.

If you’d like to take advantage of this very special, very limited, and totally FREE 30 minute “Get Hired Now” coaching session, email me at careerist@aol.com and answer the follow questions – also include your phone number:

1. How long have you been unemployed?
2. What was the last job you had?
3. Did you like it?
4. How long did you have that job?
5. What were you paid at that job?
6. On a scale of 0-10, how important is it for you to find a job right now?

I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

Are You Getting Prepared For The New Year?

December 11, 2012

Happy New Year NeonWith 2012 quickly coming to a close, it is time to take a deep breath and take a little time to reflect on what this past year has brought about for you. Whether you consider it good or bad, it’s time to celebrate your successes, face your losses and set your top goal for the New Year. Consider these “Top 3 Must Dos” as 2012 comes to an end, and stand on solid ground in anticipation of what 2013 will bring.

Celebrate your successes. A lot has happened over the past 12 months. But, as you go day-by-day, it’s hard to remember what you have accomplished along the way. Everything seems to turn into a blur and we often forget the wonderful things we have done throughout the year. Think about the actions you have taken each month and how they have led to bigger successes.

Before this year ends, jot down all of the wins you’ve accomplished this year. Focus on each month, beginning with January. Write them down, whether they are big or small, and whether they are from your personal or professional life. Then own it. Revel in your success, and use it as a foundation to build on.

Face your losses.  What didn’t go the way you had planned over the past year? What setbacks did you have? When we face our losses, we allow them to be put behind us so we can move forward. Often it’s the pain in our lives that allows us to take big leaps forward. If we weren’t uncomfortable, many of us would not put out much effort to make things better – we get trapped in our comfort zones. There is no need to brush mistakes under the rug. Let your setbacks form the goals you want to set for the New Year. Learn from them. That’s how you grow.

Set your top goal for the New Year.  If you could accomplish something meaningful in the New Year, what would it be? Concentrate on just one goal. Think about what would bring you alive each morning, what would get you engaged and excited about life. Maybe it’s taking your family to Disney World, getting that promotion you know is a great fit for you, or being able to work just four days a week. Brainstorm a list of ideas, then pick the top goal that feels like the best for you.

Your goal should have the right mix of tension and flexibility. Put enough stretch in your goal to make it enticing, yet with a touch of slack to make it doable. Next, get specific. Be sure you know what you’ll do by when. Write your goal down and post it in a visible area where you look at it every day. Now, you have something to look forward to.

By celebrating your successes, facing your losses and setting your top goal for the New Year, you are giving yourself a great gift – one of completion and inspiration.

I can provide further information for each one of these tips. I would love for you to contact me at 248/478-5662 or careerist@aol.com. I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

I look forward to you sharing your comments.

Is Your 60-SECOND COMMERCIAL Helping or Hurting You?

September 26, 2012

I attended a local Chamber of Commerce meeting recently to do some networking. Of course, the question most often asked of me, and the one I always asked of others was, “What do you do?” While I was prepared to answer that question with my 60-Second Commercial, many I talked with were not. There were some answers to that question that left me confused as to what they did, and others who went on and on until I zoned out.

Your 60-Second Commercial is your answer to the question “Tell me about yourself” when you are in an interview, or “What do you do?” when you are networking. Do you have a 60-Second Commercial that that lets you hone in on exactly what you do and succinctly states the value you bring to your job?Can you answer the question why you should be hired over others? Your 60-Second Commercial is a great tool to use at any time, but it’s essential when conducting a job search. Make sure you have one that shows your uniqueness. Use it for the following situations:

  • While responding to the question, “Tell me about yourself” when networking
  • During an informational interview
  • At a job interview
  • In social situations with family and friends
  • Wherever there is an occasion to market yourself
  • At a pre-screening interview phone call

When was the last time you checked your 60-Second Commercial, or your mini bio for clarity, conciseness and simplicity? If you do not already have this important career tool, now is the time to get one – I can help you put one together.

I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

What Am I Doing Wrong?

September 20, 2012

“What am I doing wrong?”

That question was asked of me last week by one of my new clients, a sales executive who’s been in a career transition for about a year now. This was our first coaching session. I gave him my honest answer…”I don’t know; let’s see what we can figure out.” I started by asking some routine yes/no questions to get a sense of what he knew about himself:

  • Can you speak about your product (you) with confidence and clarity? (He was unfamiliar with the concept of personal branding).
  • Do you know your product’s (your) strengths and flaws?
  • Can you describe your competitive advantage?
  • Do you have a clearly defined target goal?
  • Have you identified organizations that are aligned with your target goal?
  • Is your resume absolutely  a-m-a-z-i-n-g in educating the reader about you?
  • Do you make it easy for someone to interview you, or is it more like ping-pong with pain?
  • Can you name five things you do better than the next person?
  • Can you name five of your best attributes that will make a positive impact on the employer’s bottom line?
  • Can you cite five good reasons why somebody should hire you over your competition?
  • Have you been consistently networking, both in person and on the Internet?
  • Do you know the top 10 companies you would like to work for?

My client answered “no” to each of the questions. If you are looking for work in today’s competitive market, do yourself a favor; before you hit the streets, back up, rewind, and ask some hard, tough questions of yourself – be honest with yourself. Do you know what you are doing wrong when it comes to your job search? Would most of your answers to the above questions be “no” just like my client’s? When you can answer “yes” to these basic questions listed above, plus others, you’ll be well on your way to landing your next job. And I’d encourage you to start this process NOW, whether you are currently looking for a job or not. I suspect you will notice an immediate difference in how employers respond to you.

You Are Never Too Old!

September 18, 2012
I was at the gym recently, doing my time on the treadmill, when I saw one of the gym’s employees showing an elderly gentleman around to see what they had to offer. I was so impressed that this gentleman was interested in seeing what the gym had to offer him, because he was he was at least 80 years old, and probably older than that.
It struck me that “it’s never to late” to invest in ourselves and grow into what we want to become. This gentleman, despite his advanced age, was ready to do what he could to have a higher quality of life. He knows it’s never too late for self improvement, or for whatever you want to do.
When talking with many of you, I find you are discouraged and want to give up when conducting a job search, especially if you have been searching for a job for three to four months with no results, and especially if you are over age 50. It does get discouraging and it’s temping to give up and dwell on what is negative. However, it’s never too late – I suggest you do all you can to focus on the end result you want – the perfect job for you – and determine what you have to do to get there. (A good start would be to invest $19.95 in yourself and join the Affiliation for Business Professionals Over Fifty – ABPOF) where you will receive monthly coaching on how to get ahead in your career.
The busiest hiring season of the year is here – September and October. Now is the time to send your resume out if you are seeking a new job, and if you are currently working, it’s time to make sure your resume is a “10,” just in case you are notified about a new job possibility.

How To Find a Job – Even In A Recession

August 16, 2012

I have great news! My clients are still finding great jobs, and have been all along, even in this slow job market. Companies are still hiring and job seekers are landing jobs on a daily basis. So, what are these people doing that others are not? They are setting themselves apart from the masses. And, how do they do that?

  • They are selling their potential to deliver RESULTS rather than just their skills and basic qualifications
  • They are communicating their ability to deliver VALUE and BENEFITS to the employer
  • They have resumes that tell what they have accomplished, and more importantly, the value and benefits those accomplishments have produced for past employers
  • They know what value they bring to an employer and are able to communicate how they can contribute to an employer’s bottom line.

When we talk with our families and friends these days, often we are discussing how to SAVE money or how to MAKE money. The same is true of companies. Employers see you as an investment, and they invest in you with the expectation that you will produce returns on that investment. These returns are in the form of how you will SOLVE a challenging problem, help them MAKE money, help them SAVE money, or help them INCREASE their efficiency. By communicating how you have delivered these types of results in the past, you illustrate that actual return on investment (ROI) that you delivered. This is what will easily set you apart from your competition.

So, don’t let the rising unemployment rate throw you into a panic. There are job openings that come up every day. Make sure you focus on emphasizing what is in it for the company. It’s not about what’s in it for you. IT”S ALL ABOUT THE COMPANY. What can you do for them? How can you solve their problem? How can you make more money for them? In what ways can you save them money? How can you help them in these tough economic times? Emphasize and communicate how you can be an asset to the company, and you will be surprised how quickly you will see positive job search results.

Your comments are welcome and appreciated!

 

“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!