Job Search Techniques: How to Introduce Yourself

Job Search Techniques: How to Introduce Yourself[EXTRACT] Nobody thinks of an introduction as being the first step in a job search, but it is. Whenever you meet someone new, you have the opportunity to expand the network of people who are looking for your next job. But introducing yourself as “jobless” is almost as embarrassing … Continue reading “Job Search Techniques: How to Introduce Yourself”

Job Search Techniques: How to Introduce Yourself[EXTRACT]
Nobody thinks of an introduction as being the first step in a job search, but it is. Whenever you meet someone new, you have the opportunity to expand the network of people who are looking for your next job. But introducing yourself as “jobless” is almost as embarrassing as introducing yourself as “homeless”–so of course people neglect this powerful networking opportunity and job search technique.Reintroduce the introduction as your go-to job search technique.Job search tip #1: Expand your job search network. Learn how to introduce yourself to new and different people. Set your goal to practice the introduction and also to meet people within your field.But, it’s still uncomfortable, right? Try to introduce yourself by name only followed by a quick question about the person you are talking to. “Oh, Joe, you work at XYZ, do you like your job?” Once you talk to them for a few minutes they will normally ask what you do. Here’s where you practice the hard part. Practice saying, “I’m looking for work right now.” You can either continue talking about you, or shift back to talking about their career. I suggest that you talk about them. Continue your introduction by introducing them.

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Tip #2: Introduce them to you, instead of introducing you to them. It’s uncomfortable to talk about you, so talk about them first and allow the bits an pieces about you come out second. Remember your goal right now is not landing a job, but expanding who you know.If you get a chance talk about the challenges in their industry to demonstrate how much you listened and insight you can provide. You are building trust with a new contact.Tip #3: Prove who you are, instead of saying who you are. The more you can talk intelligently with this new contact, the more you prove your mettle and increase trust with this contact. It’s networking, done effectively and comfortably. Your job search benefits from an impressed contact.Tip #4: Allow the relationship to grow naturally. For this job search technique to be effective, the relationship needs to grow. Relationships take time. So ask the person for a business card, or ask if you can link to them on LinkedIn. A few days from now you will recommend them on LinkedIn. That will remind them of you and cause them to keep you in mind for opportunities when they present.

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Introductions should never be high pressure. Not even in job searches should introductions be forced or moved faster than the level of trust that underlies the relationship. Done correctly, in a low pressure environment, an introduction can be easy and an important job search technique. After all, it’s not just what you know but who you know that lands you the job.

An Average of Forty Resumes for One Interview! Better Job Search Technique

An Average of Forty Resumes for One Interview! Better Job Search Technique[EXTRACT]
If you are looking for a job by looking at the online job boards and applying online, then you are in for a lot of work. It’s true that online job postings are easy to search and applying from the comfort of your own home office seems to be socially easy, and low risk. It’s also low reward and time intensive. Count on about forty applications for each interview. Then count on ten interviews for each job that you land. If you do the math, that means that you fill out 400 job applications or send out 400 resumes online for one job. Does that still sound like an ‘easy job search technique’?There is a better job search technique, but it takes some work upfront.

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Step 1: Identify your most promising position. Make sure people are truly hiring for this job, by looking for job listings filled. Also make sure that you have the skills for this position.Step 2: Identify a few promising companies that you can work in this position for. Learn whatever you can about what challenges these companies face and what they value in employees.Step 3: Find out who within that company is the decision maker about hiring for this position. You can use public records,or the knowledge of headhunters or the knowledge of colleagues working within the company.Step 4: Use your network to introduce you to this contact. This can be your personal network of friends and colleagues, or your online community on LinkedIn, or can be through a common networking event. You may be able to meet this person, or may be able to talk to someone who can give you an introduction. If Jane is the decision maker and Joe has referred you to Jane, use this as a simple introduction, “Joe suggested that I talk to you about this position.”Jane will probably tell you to apply through a process, but you will have an inside edge–your name will be familiar to her and Joe’s influence will lend you credibility.

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Step 5: Repeat. The more decision-makers who are familiar with your name, the better your odds of landing the job.Also notice that your research of the company and the decision-makers will give you an edge within an interview. You will know why you want to work for the company; why you want the job; what challenges the company faces and how the company ‘ticks’.This technique requires thought, work and willingness to engage with your network. It’s not easy, but far easier than 400 resume submissions and 400 rejections.

Why You Should Always Press Forward In Your Job Search (Even When An Offer Seems Imminent)

Why You Should Always Press Forward In Your Job Search (Even When An Offer Seems Imminent)[EXTRACT]
Many job seekers face the same conundrum that this job seeker asked me about:I have been to several interviews and am waiting to hear back. I like the idea of taking a break and also want to wait and see what happens with this first group of companies. I have other companies I could start researching, but I don’t want to spread myself too thin. How do I know when to keep pushing for more leads or focus on the ones I’ve started?One of my former coaching clients should have wrapped up her within a few months. But then with budgets tightening, the job that she seemed poised to get was not filled after all. This happened to her twice before her third job offer finally stuck. The first time it happened, she had slowed down the pace with other companies in play and then had to rebuild her momentum again. The second time she kept her other searches going simultaneously even when one seems promising. When the second imminent offer fell through, she barely missed a beat. Score one for Press Forward.

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In investing, you shouldn’t try to time the market because you may pull out on the handful of days when the market makes its big returns. Similarly, in the job search, persistent and regular action is critical to getting in front of the right opportunities at the right time. If you put yourself out there day in and day out, you are more likely to be front and center when that ideal job opens up. In today’s volatile hiring market, right place and right time could be anywhere and anytime, hence the need to Press Forward.If interviews are going well, don’t stop looking elsewhere. The budget may disappear, another candidate may appear, the chemistry may be off with a key decision-maker that only gets involved at the end of the interview process. Even if the offer does come through and you do accept it, the other interviews will serve as building blocks for your network, data points for your negotiations, and springboards for your next search.This is the era of 24/7 job search, where your next search starts as soon as you finish this one. I don’t mean that you send out resumes and schedule job interviews on your first day of the new job or even shortly thereafter. But I do mean that you don’t ever stop managing your career — keeping an updated resume, maintaining your network, being aware of opportunities (even if that means referring other people instead of yourself). Work your job but also work your career: the person who works a job has things happen to them; and the person who works a career is ready at a moment’s notice to deal with an unexpected restructuring, layoff, or golden opportunity elsewhere.

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To always Press Forward means that you take control over your career. It takes work and a shift in mindset, but once you do it and experience the power of having choices, you will never go back to the old-style, timid job search. With a tight market, old job search techniques just don’t cut it.

Job Search Techniques

Job Search Techniques[EXTRACT]
Lets face it everyone is worried about it people who have jobs, are afraid they might lose it because of the recession; the ones who don’t are worried they might not get one because the Job market is bad these days. People from every country are being affected by the current situations, and it all started when America faced a downfall in the economy. A very large number of people were cut out of their jobs; imagine the depression these jobless people might have gone through.The Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Now most of you’ll are like “Duh” we already knew that a Resume and a Curriculum Vitae are the same thing with different names. Now stop, and continue reading. Both these documents are different!!! even though both documents have the same structure; Information, Education, Experience, Skills etc.

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The Key Difference between the two are:
A Curriculum Vitae is a document which states in DETAIL the history of your Professional life. A Resume’s is a short summary of your Professional Life.The argument that which document is better has been going along for sometime, I’ll try to clear the misunderstanding here.The reason Resume’s are preferred more is because no body has the time to read everything about you during an interview. Employers need just the highlights and nothing else because remember Time is money and the standard time for an interview will be from 10-30 minutes.On the other hand the reason Curriculum Vitae are preferred because Employers who need Professionals like Doctors, Engineers etc need to know everything about the candidate before calling a candidate for an interview. As a Job Hunter always remember to analyze whether your employer will want to see just highlights or would want to know everything.

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Getting leads!
A very obvious one but most important one! Spread the word out friends, family, well wishers etc all you are looking for is an interview. After you do that DON’T sit waiting for Bill Gates to give you a call. Buy a Newspaper and find for jobs!!!

Effective Job Search Techniques

Effective Job Search Techniques[EXTRACT]
So you have just lost your job, or maybe you have been out of work for some time. Now you’re wondering where to turn next. You start your job search on your own; you turn to the internet, newspapers, or other job boards.Your day starts something like this, you wake up at your normal time but then you realize that you don’t have to rush to get ready, get your morning coffee, or your breakfast. So you head to the kitchen and get your coffee and fix something to eat. You also pick up the paper and instead of reading the financials you start in the classifieds. As you read you notice several jobs that look interesting and you make a mental note of them. Suddenly you realize that you might need a plan! Then you go back to your bed room and finish your morning routine, except instead of dressing for work you put on your grubbiest clothes and head to the computer to search the job boards. As you read through the 1000’s of jobs listed you remember that your resume is desperately in need of an update. The next day is very similar to the first with only a few variations.Several days pass and you have a couple of good prospects. One company calls and asks for an interview. You spend the day before the interview going over possible interview questions. You tweak your resume and cover letter and finally you feel you’re ready for the interview.As you enter the interviewer’s office you realize that you are a few minutes late due to traffic. The interview starts with the typical questions, “Tell Me about yourself” so you start with, where you were born, your marital status, your hobbies, and education. The next question may go something like this “What are two of your strongest skills”, and you answer something like this, I’m a hard worker, and very dependable. Then it happens, the killer question, the one you didn’t prepare for “What Are your two Weakest Skills?” (I hate that question). You stammer a little squirm in your chair and say something like this. “I don’t have any weakest skills” then you laugh a little, you know, that laugh you do when you’re nervous.

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This kind of thing happens every day in job interviews all around this country; I have a few tools that will make your job search more successful, things like effective Job Search Planning, résumé / cover letter writing, effective networking, interview techniques, and interview follow-Up. So let’s begin.
Job Search Planning:A plan for your job search is an important part of this process. The plan helps you identify and state your skills in a way that a Hiring Manager (HM) can readily determine if your skill set matches what the employer is looking for. The job search plan should contain the following steps:- Identifying your specific skill set.
– Identifying potential employers.
– Matching your skills to the employer’s needs.
– Developing a network of people who can help you identify employers.
– How to work that network effectively.
– Developing strong interview skills.
– What to do following an interview.Résumé / Cover Letter Writing:
– The rules for résumé verses cover letters.
– How a cover letter should be structured?
– How to choose the correct style of résumé.
– How to structure your resume around a job description.
– Why we tailor each résumé for each job description and employer.Effective Networking:
– What is a network?
– Why do we need a network?
– How to build a network.
– How to effectively work a network.Interview Techniques:
– How to prepare for an interview.
– What can I expect during the interview?
– What questions will I be asked during an interview?Interview Follow-Up:
– Why follow-up after your interview?
– What should I do to follow-up?The statistics show that 80% to 85% of all job placements are never placed on a job board and the other 15% to 20% is spread out over internet, newspaper, and other job postings. As a job seeker we need to find a way to tap into the 85%. These 85% are placed because someone knows someone else. An Engineer knows that his company is looking for another Engineer so he tells his friend who is looking for a job. Because of his recommendation his friend is hired. This takes place the majority of the time and that Engineering job is never posted. If the jobs aren’t posted then the general public never knows about the job. We find these jobs through effective networking.After we find a job to apply for then we need to get our qualifications in front of a hiring manager and that is done by writing an effective résumé, a résumé that speaks to your qualifications in the same language that the company understands. The cover letter is the introduction of the résumé it is written in first person where the résumé is written in third person. I can’t stress enough the importance of tailoring each résumé to match each separate job description.

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Each of us has a network of people and many times we don’t realize it. Just check the contact list in your cell phones, the list of members in your church, club, family, or other organizations you may be involved with. The key is to build and work your network effectively while you avoid becoming a pest.Interviews are funny things, for example I have been in interviews that the interviewer lost control of the interview. Other interviews the interviewees have lost control of the interview. That being said the hiring managers have hired from poor interviews, while other interviews that seemed to have gone perfectly and the hiring manager hires someone else. The better prepared for the interview the greater the odds are that you will be hired.Follow-up after the interview is very important. A very effective way to follow-up is a “thank you” note. Many times we walk out of the interview and realize we’ve left out some very important skills the job description identified. In the “thank you” note you may include a brief explanation of those skills.My final suggestions are to build a network, find someone who will be a job coach and hold you accountable for your activity, locate a course that will provide support and direction, get up in the morning, every morning, get dressed as if you are going to an interview, and spend as much time in your job search as you would if you were working full time. Hopefully this small bit of information helps in some small way. I wish you much success in your job search.