The more we learn, the more we can do. The more we do, the better we are at whatever it is. We get faster, stronger, and better.
I think that we should always be learning and growing as much as we can--not just in the skills that may make you great at your job, but in the things that will help you long-term in your career: networking, marketing yourself, and reaching for new opportunities.
It can be hard to get started, but once you do, it gets easier.
I want to encourage you to take action this week. Make that phone call. Talk to that person. Send your resume to that hiring manager. Learn how to market yourself, even if it means working with a career coach.
This is a great story. TJ wowed them so much that a hard-to-get-into company searched to find just the right position for him. Congratulations, TJ!
I wanted to tell Peggy McKee a thousand thank yous.
Even though I narrowly lost out on the position I interviewed for, they were [so] impressed with the answers I gave based on her advice that they searched to find a position for me. I wound up getting a different, equally exciting job offer with the same company (who are hard to get into to).
Have you ever noticed that when you start your day with a plan, a goal, or a schedule, you get more done than on days you don't? In a job search, it's all too easy to get distracted by home things, spend too much time surfing the web for job listings, or even just making "just one more" tweak to your resume before you send it out.
Take control of your time while you're in your job hunt. Set measurable goals for yourself:
"I will spend an hour brushing up on my job search or interview skills by attending a webinar"
It's important to send out the best resume possible, but at some point you have to take a breath and send it. Make a plan for concrete, measurable activities that will move you forward in your search.
Don't spend 8 hours a day on job search activity. Instead, spend 4-6 hours on it and then take a break. Take care of yourself. Get a workout. Visit friends. Read a great book. Volunteer. Do something fun. Plan these things into your day. There's a lot of rejection built into any job search, and these things will keep your spirits up, help you feel better, and boost your confidence.
Make a plan for every day this week. Take control of your time, and you'll be more productive.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words...this one shows you how your job search works and why it's so important to reach out to as many people as you can and contact hiring managers by the hundreds. (Thanks for the pic, Gregory Winkeleer!)
The more people you put into the top of your funnel, the more job offers you'll end up with.
How can you throw as many people as possible into your jobs funnel?
Here's a quote to help you get your swagger on in your job search this week: "Either I will find a way, or I will make one." This is a great thing to say to yourself as you contact our network, contact hiring managers to get an interview, or before you go to the interview.
Remember that knowledge is power...learn what you need to in order to make things happen.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
~ Helen Keller
Life is a mental game that no one prepares you for. The only way to approach it is with a positive outlook. If you are negative, you are killing yourself. You need a positive inner dialogue (how you talk to yourself) to achieve the things you need to achieve. A positive outlook keeps you from depression, boosts your immune system, makes you better at your job, and makes you happier. If you need a little help to get to a more positive mental place, I recommend that you read the book Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seeligman.
As you approach your job search this week, expect good things to happen. Remember the times you felt the best or strongest in your career, and try to feel that feeling again before you call a hiring manager, reach out to your network, or go to an interview. If you need help, look through your brag book (another good use for a collection of your successes). Also, check out How to Stay Motivated for Your Job Search.
I would also encourage you to come to one of our Free Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I get a lot of feedback from job seekers who say these help them feel more positive, more confident, and more energized--both from the tone and from the wealth of tips and advice they get to help them be more successful. (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)
There is no such thing as a failed test.
You will learn every time
you challenge yourself.
~ Marsha Blackburn
I love this quote, and I hope that it inspires you this week. Some people don't try because they are afraid to fail; but if you can learn something from the experience, you are better and stronger than you were before. And you are much better off than the person who didn't try at all.
The task of finding your next job can quickly become overwhelming, especially if you don’t go about it the right way. While working with the best resume writing services and creating a solid executive LinkedIn profile can go a long way toward making you attractive to prospective employers, it’s important to learn how to walk the fine line between looking desperate and showing determination.
You spend a lot of time creating your resume so it seems like a lot of work to customize it to every employer you are considering. This can lead you to send out a mass resume mailing to every job you want. Unfortunately, sending carbon copies of your resume to every potential employer can actually cause you to lose your chance at the job. Instead, you need to do your research on every company you are considering and make minor adjustments that reflect the company philosophy and the exact requirements of the job to which you are applying. Read more...
I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars:
I look around for 1-foot bars
that I can step over.
~ Warren Buffett
It's clear that Warren Buffett knows a thing or two about success, as the world's most successful investor. How can we apply his thoughts on success to your job search?
Finding Jobs and Getting Interviews
7-Foot Bar: Applying Online
When you apply online for a listed job, you are fighting for attention among dozens (if not hundreds) of job seekers. That's a huge obstacle for you, and it makes it almost impossible to get an interview.
Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments
you make the better.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
All of the stress and tension of a job search can make you hesitate to step out of the box and do something different than others are doing--at the same time, we all know how important it is to stand out from other job seekers so you get noticed, get the interview, and get hired.
To be clear, there are some things you don't want to 'experiment' with in a job search--don't send your resume out on florescent pink paper, and don't show off your tap dancing skills in the interview.
You can be completely professional and appealing to employers by doing a couple of things that are new to you but are working for thousands of job seekers.
(1)Don't be intimidated by the HR machine that says, "Fill out this form and don't call us--we'll call you." First of all, MAYBE they'll call you. Most of the time, they don't. How many times have you filled out online applications and heard nothing? Probably a lot--that's true for most people. Not only are you missing out on hidden jobs that aren't posted right now, you are making yourself a number in their system instead of a face in front of the hiring manager.
To get interviews consistently, you need to contact hiring managers directly with your resume. Sometimes they'll ask you in for an interview. Sometimes they'll say, "You need to fill out HR's application." Even if that happens, you are still in a better position, because now they know you're there, and that you're someone who actively pursues success.
See my proven system to find hidden jobs and contact hiring managers with exactly the right thing to say:Hidden Jobs Finder.
(2)Show up at your first interview with a 30-60-90-Day Plan that outlines how you will approach this job in the first 3 months.
In your interviews, go the extra mile and create a 30 60 90 Day Plan. It takes some time and effort to make one, especially before you've spoken to them at all about the job--but it can be done and you will stand head and shoulders above other candidates who didn't work this hard before their interview. You will be better-prepared for the conversation and for their interview questions.
Get a perfect 30-60-90-Day Plan Template and Coaching:
If you're shy or reserved, the idea of 'selling yourself for the job' may make you cringe. Marketing yourself may veer a little too close to bragging for your taste--yet, this is something you need to do in order to get the job you want.
I took part in several of your webinars and purchased the limited membership package that allowed me to strengthen my job search. I was already using the "hidden job market" approach through networking before I learned about your services. However, I did gain more confidence to sell myself through your many presentations and direct answers. As a nonprofit leader, talking about myself is uncomfortable and not my natural tendency. I needed to hear your words of wisdom to get beyond that. And your group conference calls were exceptionally helpful even when you were reviewing others' resumes and cover letters.
Thank you for your services and positive, direct approach. It was well worth the price I paid to overcome my own reservations about marketing my many strengths. I was able to negotiate the position and compensation package I sought and begin my new position next week.
Thank you so much.
Keep up the meaningful work!
I want to officially congratulate Susan on her new position, and use her story to encourage you. Even if you hesitate to sell yourself for the job, you can do it and you will love the results.
If you hesitate to market yourself to employers, find out how easy it can be. Start by attending one of our Free Job Search Webinars, and consider joining our Total Access Coaching Club. We meet every other week (online) with a quick presentation for your job search, and then have a 45-50 minute live Q&A where I answer members' most urgent questions. The resume review Susan mentions is a regular feature of our club (along with a LinkedIn profile review) for members. Our members love it, and I know you will, too.
Some job seekers believe that in order to be successful on LinkedIn, they need 500+ connections. This is a huge misconception about connections and what they do for you.
For Job Seekers
What’s important is that you are connected to the people you should be connected to, and reaching out to managers (not asking to connect) in your field about who you are and what you can do for them.
Who Needs Lots of Connections?
Some professions (like recruiters) need a large number of connections in order to operate effectively.
When you are on LinkedIn, you are visible to all recruiters when they search for keywords. So, if you are trying to get noticed by recruiters (who are searching for people to fill jobs) on LinkedIn, it’s not really the connections that do it—it’s your profile.
Be the hardest working person you can be. That's how you separate yourself from the competition.
One of the biggest job seeker questions is, 'How can I stand out?' This applies to the job search and interviews: How can I stand out from everyone who wants an interview? How can I stand out from everyone they interview so that I get the job offer?
In many cases, the answer is simple: Work just a little bit harder. Anyone can do this. It doesn't rely on what education you have, what experience you have, what your background is, or who you know.
Be the hardest working person in the job search by going beyond people who are only finding jobs online and filling out online applications. Find the names and emails of hiring managers and contact them directly. Not only will you stand out, you will find hidden jobs that others don't know about. You are in control and you have the power to do it.
In your interviews, go the extra mile and create a 30 60 90 Day Plan. It will take some time and effort, but you will stand head and shoulders above other candidates who didn't work this hard before their interview. You will be better-prepared for the conversation, for their interview questions, and you will clearly show that you work harder than your competition.
See my easy system for finding hidden jobs and contacting hiring managers: Hidden Jobs Finder.
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