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6 Job Search Tips

6 Job Search Tips

Job Search requires one to be street smart

How many people do you know that hate their job, but have been doing it for YEARS?  Do you know why?

Because finding a better job is hard work.  I hate to be the one to tell you this, but somebody has to.

Finding the job you want “ain’t gonna be easy.”

People would actually rather stay where they are and be miserable, than take the time to conduct a smart job search to find something better.  Too many people give up because “life” gets in the way and inertia slows.

These people will always have an excuse to avoid or postpone a well thought out job search:

  • It’s just not the right time right now to carry out a job search,
  • My husband/wife is in the middle of a big project,
  • My son and daughter are in college now,
  • We just bought a new car,
  • The job market just isn’t’ good right now for a job search,
  • I am a little nervous about the economy,

Street Smart Job SearchYadda, yadda, yadda.

I understand that life happens and that many of the reasons that people give for not changing jobs are valid, but I also know that just by changing a few things in your life, you can carve out the time needed to make your life better and conduct a job search that will deliver good results.

If you follow the 6 suggestions and ideas in this article on job search, you will get where you want to go a lot faster.

So let’s get started.

1 – First and foremost, get your personal life in order as best you can before starting a job hunt.

Before you start looking for a new job, be sure that your personal life is “in order” and be prepared to accept what it takes to find a new job.  You are going to need a lot of quality time and support at home in order to find the job you want.

Place your job campaign ahead of all other personal priorities.  Make a commitment!  This doesn’t mean ignore your family by any means, but it does mean that some things will need to be sacrificed while the job search is on. For example, if you have a choice between working on your resume and going to you son’s concert, go to the concert.  But if you have a choice of watching Monday Night Football or working on your cover letter, well – you get the picture!

2 – Set a target amount of time you will spend on your job search each week and stick to it.

As with so many other things in life, you get out of it as much as you put into it.  I’ve seen books entitled, 20 Minutes to a Better Resume, and so on.  I’m sorry, but if you really want a great cover letter and resume, you have to spend a lot more than 20 minutes to make it right.  Even 30 minutes to one hour a day is better than nothing.

3 – Begin gathering facts, figures and accomplishments about your career to date to add ammunition to your job hunting collateral.

Start with such things as dates of employment, job titles and responsibilities, salary progression, major achievements, special skills that make you unique, educational background, including any courses you’ve taken since college or high school. Be sure to include any training your company has provided or courses they have paid for.  Get it all down on paper because you’ll need it to write your resume, cover letter and on interviews.

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4 – Create your own personal portfolio for a street smart job search.

When advertising agencies are looking for new clients, they always show you their “portfolio”.  This usually includes copies of their finest work, achievements and the great results their campaignshave achieved.

You also have a product to “sell” – it’s you!  Consider that you are your own company.  It’s called- ME INC. As president of ME INC. you need to create a product that your prospects (in this case a potential employer) sees value in and is willing to “buy” (literally and figuratively).

A good portfolio will visually demonstrate and support your abilities during an interview.  Anything that is not proprietary, confidential or property of previous employers should be kept in your portfolio.  This works particularly well for artists, marketing personnel, architects, designers, etc.

Some of the things you might want to include in your portfolio could be catalogs, brochures, letters of success and anything else you have created – ads, PR, reports, patents, products, etc. Successful “before and after” campaigns work particularly well.

5 – Create a list of companies that you think you’d like to work for before embarking on your job hunt.

Get the address, phone number and the name of the CEO/President if possible.  You can get this information from the ads you cut out from the newspaper or from your local Chamber of Commerce (they usually have a list of member companies that might be helpful).

Many local business journals publish annual “LISTS” editions. These usually list the top 10-25 companies in different categories including the largest private and public companies, largest advertising and public relations companies, largest non-profits, etc.  Creating this list before starting on your job search helps you focus your energies on a smaller group of target companies – a “rifle” approach versus a “shotgun” approach.

6 – Get organized and be ready for the months ahead for the job search with these final 6 suggestions:

  • job searchGet a personal/private cell phone if you can so you are not making phone calls from your work office.  Make sure to take off all those cute greetings too from the phone.  Get a home answering machine and again – change the message to be more professional during the job search period.
  • Appearance counts!  Make sure that you have the right clothes to go on interviews.  This doesn’t necessarily mean formal suits.  Your wardrobe should match the industry you are in and the job that you seeking. 
  • Try to find a quite place in your home that you can devote to your job search effort.  A home office is ideal if you have one.
  • Change your e-mail address to something appropriate.Your address may have been cute while you were dating, but it doesn’t make for a good first impression and certainly doesn’t present the professional image you want to project while at doing job search.
  • Before starting the job search, start thinking about who you will use for references. You’ll need to find people you can trust. Start gathering their names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses now. Don’t forget to call and let your references know that someone might be calling them in the near future.
  • An organized desk will be your best friend during the job search period, especially if you get an unexpected call from a hiring manager. You’ll also need to set up a system of tracking who you send resumes to and what job you were applying for.

Remember, in the end, no one owes you a job.  It truly is your responsibility to find a job.  Sure, there are recruiters, friends, etc. but the bottom line is that you can’t and shouldn’t depend on a single source for  finding the job you want.

This article has been contributed by Jason Adams. He is President of Street Smart Sales and Marketing and author of the highly acclaimed book The StreetSmart Job-Changing System. For more information Click Here!

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