Improve Your Job Search Results
Five steps show you how.
February 19, 2009
To be effective in today's highly competitive job market you have to get out there and promote yourself strategically and selectively to those who are most receptive. Not only do you need to present yourself outstandingly well, but you also have to focus your search on those employers who can appreciate your value and are able to hire you.
Job searching is mostly about marketing. While you may think that skills and credentials should speak for themselves, if the message describing your abilities and benefits you bring to a prospective employer isn't compelling and portrayed clearly, other candidates who market themselves will slip ahead of you.
Does this mean you need to "play the job-search game" in order to be successful? Yes. It requires you to be proactive, take initiative and package yourself extremely favorably to attract employers.
Having a great resume is not necessarily enough. You still need to hit the pavement or man the phones to establish that essential direct, interpersonal chemistry and good rapport that ultimately generates a new career opportunity.
Friends and colleagues are prepared to provide assistance — like making introductions, suggesting referrals and providing recommendations, but the nitty-gritty day-to-day tasks of designing and conducting a well-thought-out, carefully orchestrated and thoroughly executed, high-impact, fast-paced, results-oriented job search campaign rests on your shoulders.
Five Steps to Improving Your Job Search
Self-promotion can be a huge challenge for many otherwise savvy, capable executives. Here's how to simplify the process and accelerate your progress to lessen this burden and find your next challenge swiftly.
Job hunting is not easy. Treat it as a learning experience and an intellectual exercise. Set your goal, get organized and follow the above steps. Persevere and step up the pace until you reach your chosen destination.
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© Debra Feldman, 2009
Debra Feldman is the JobWhiz™, a nationally-recognized expert who designs and personally implements swift, strategic, and customized senior level executive job search campaigns, banishing barriers that prevent immediate success. Her gift for cold calling, executed with high energy and savvy panache, connects candidates directly to decision makers, not HR. Network Purposefully™ with the JobWhiz, and compress your job search into mere weeks, using groundbreaking techniques soon to be profiled in Forbes magazine and featured in an upcoming syndicated television series. In addition to writing columns and conducting workshops for several revered professional associations, Debra provides career guidance to alumni of top-tier business schools. Contact Debra at www.JobWhiz.com to expedite your executive ascent.