When you start contacting hiring managers, you never know what treasure of a job you'll find. This job seeker got the job as the only candidate when she contacted the hiring manager at the company. She went from beginning a job search to filling out hiring paperwork in 2 months.
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It would be nice if all the recruiters who could place you in a position would just find and contact you, but it just doesn't work that way. Recruiters do search LinkedIn and other sites for potential candidates, but if they don't find you, your best chance of maximizing your executive job search options is to put yourself in front of them. But how do you find them? Here's how:
Ask colleagues, friends and other professionals in your field for names and contact info for recruiters they know.
Find companies in your space with employees like you (similar background, experience, title, etc.) and find out from those people what recruiter placed them in that company, or who they would recommend for that field. (A great way to do this is to use LinkedIn or other online professional networks.)
Call the associations in your industry (speak to the officers of the organization) and ask them if they know any recruiters who specialize in your industry. '
Expanding your LinkedIn network is a great way to discover new business and/or career opportunities.
I am a true believer that our networks of people, including our LinkedIn network is one of the most important assets we have in life. My career and business have been significantly influenced by my diverse networks of people.
For these reasons I encourage you to work hard and deliberately to expand your LinkedIn network. However, I want you to do this work the right way.
It’s rather easy to connect with people who you know, who you have worked with or for. It’s real easy to connect with people you meet in real life, especially once you get their email address.
However, sometimes we’ll find another LinkedIn member that we don’t know who we want to connect with. We don’t know them, have not worked with them or for them and don’t know their email address, yet we still want to connect with them because of what they do or where they work.
Most people will use the LinkedIn Introduction function. LinkedIn permits up to 10 open Introductions at a time.
However, I prefer not to use this feature because it does not allow me to:
Determine the relationship between the two LinkedIn members
Control the introduction process
For this reason I prefer to use my own unique process to get introduced:
Have you ever felt like your age was holding you back in your job search?
If you are over 40 (not to mention 50 or 60), age discrimination could be keeping you from getting hired. It's almost impossible to prove, but it still happens. And it's not just frustrating--it's threatening to your career and the quality of your life.
No matter how old you are, you deserve to get the job you want and are qualified for. To make sure that happens, I am putting together a free webinar with Bobby Edelman, founder of Interns Over 40. (If you haven't seen his website, you need to.) Bobby is a true expert on the issues older job seekers face, as well as the solutions that work.
Got a sales job interview coming up? Get ready to talk about your sales strategy. Giving the interviewer a sample sales strategy is a great way to demonstrate how you will operate on the job.
When you are asked about a sample sales strategy, it will likely come in some version of the classic challenge: "Sell me this pen." This is a role-playing exercise that many sales managers love as a part of their job interview questions. After all, there's no better way to see how you sell than to see how you sell.
There are a lot of opinions (ahem...) about this issue, but I will tell you that as a sales recruiter, I can ask this of my candidates and tell what someone's skills are like, or if they are missing skills using this strategy. So this is very valuable to hiring managers, so expect that you may be asked to role-play a sales scenario.
No matter what they ask you to 'sell' to them, the principles and the strategy are the same--just use the same principles you would use in any sales process. I am a big fan of SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham. SPIN stands for Situation, Problem, Implications, Need-payoff.
Put relevant information on your resume, and you’ll have a chance at getting hired. Ignore this point, and you’re wasting your time.
Too often job seekers email copies of their resumes to anyone and everyone with no true, honest concern for how their skills, experiences and expertise compare to the job requirements. This is such a waste of energy and, in part, the reason so many people get frustrated applying for jobs.
If your resume does not show recruiters how your skills, experiences, expertise and accomplishments are relevant to their needs, there is no chance in the world you’ll get that job. You need to show RELEVANCE.
The words you use to describe yourself in the job interview should be as strategically chosen as any job interview answer you give. Every word you use in the job interview should work for you to sell you for the job.
What are great words to describe yourself in a job interview?
Dynamic – this says that you can change and adapt in order to succeed
Successful – if you are successful in some areas, chances are you’ll be successful in others
Strategic – you can make good decisions with the big picture in mind
Motivated – great for sales positions
Creative – this is a must for creative-type jobs, of course, but also good for companies that need problem-solvers
Focused – you don’t get distracted by unnecessary or unhelpful things
Organized – organized means you are in control and things happen the way they are supposed to
Enthusiastic - this means you will also be motivated to work hard and well
Valuable – this is a great lead-in for some way you have made or saved money for your previous employers
Think about what qualities you possess that would be especially valuable for this job, and point those out in your interview.
For more words to describe yourself in a job interview, see these posts:
If you build your network properly, it can become one of your most valuable assets.
A car can be replaced, computers are just commodity items, cell phones get replaced every two years and even your house is replaceable, ask your insurance agent.
Your network is built one person and relationship at a time. You can’t borrow someone else’s network, you can’t pick up a new network at the local big box store, and I doubt Lloyds of London will insure your network.
A dying network cannot help you, nor the people in your network. A dying network is almost always terminal. Few people have been able to revive a dying network.
Therefore you need to do everything you can to make sure your network thrives so that it never dies.
Here are five activities that if executed properly will help your network to thrive.
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
- Alexander Graham Bell
Job searching is filled with rejection (sometimes beginning with losing your job in the first place). Statistically, you will have to go through a certain number of contacts to get an interview and a certain number of interviews to get an offer.
I want to encourage you today to just expect some rejection and don’t take it personally, because that will only keep you focused on the door that closed, not the other door opening up in front of you.
In a job search, there’s always another door. You just have to keep looking until you find it.
Not that I expect you to plod through a long, slow job search…
If I were in a job search, I’d want to find all the open doors in front of me at once. That’s why I developed the Hidden Jobs Finder. It is the best tool for finding more jobs, contacting dozens or even hundreds of hiring managers, and getting multiple interviews.
Either way, I want to encourage you to stay positive! Your job is out there waiting for you.