Articles Archive for March 2010
How do you find a job quickly, in this rotten economy?
Hunt like a Guerrilla.
That was the experience of Mark Thomas, a systems administrator from Mesa, Ariz., who started a new job on March 8, 2010, after a search of only 6 weeks.
According to Thomas, he would have been hired sooner, but “the entire executive team was gone at a conference for a week.”
Thomas succeeded after using three unconventional job-search tactics:
1. The Job Shopping List
2. The Guerrilla Resume
3. The Coffee Cup Caper
Read on to learn how he did it …
1. The …
People come to me looking for help with their careers and businesses and I tell them if we are going to partner, they have to adhere to my three “golden rules”. Thou shalt not prejudge, compromise or assume.
Now that sounds simple enough, right? But how many times each day do we do that?
Many people prejudged Grace Groner and assumed a few things about her, including the folks at Lake Forest College in Illinois.
Since it’s been big news this week, you may have heard how sweet Grace gave the school a …
Harry Backwith’s Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing was required reading at the system integration firm where I worked. All directors were given a copy and expected to finish them. I wasn’t sure what point our CEO was making when he assigned it to us, but I sure did when I was done with it. Selling the Invisible explains the customer’s perception when buying something they don’t understand. In our firm it meant buying technology they clearly didn’t understand.
What is it in your case? About …
I wrote my Think Pocket Resume Mentality for a Better Resume and Pocket Resume: Who Would Have Thought articles about a year ago. Since then I’ve given several presentations using the material and every time, job hunters tell me,
“I can put this to use. This can make a real difference.”
So in this series, I’m writing a multi-step article on how to write yourself a pocket resume and get it trolling the waters (them’s saltwater fishing terms for you non-Miami folk) to get you back to work and fast.
Step 1- Taking …
I’ve written about the benefits networking resumes versus a full page resumes you’re used to writing. A networking resume is a card that’s easy to hand out at networking events when you are looking to make contact with people that can help you with your job hunt. I’ve also delivered several presentations on this topic these past months. What I have found is that job hunters always come up to me afterwords thanking me for the information. They see very clearly how they can put a networking resume to …
I’ve written about the benefits of a business card resume on Career Jockey and have since used the material to give several presentations. Every single time job hunters will come up to me and tell me, “This is valuable information I can can use right away in my job search.”
So in this articles, I’m starting multi-part series giving the step-by-step on writing yourself a business card resume that will get you networking like a pro and getting the job hunt results you need.
Step 1- Setting a Clear Goal
Writing a business …
You might think there’s never been a worse time to look for work in the traditional job market, with unemployment at 10.4% and no relief in sight.
But you would be only half right.
While there’s never been a worse time for traditional job-search methods, “Guerrilla” job hunters are enjoying consistent success — even in today’s awful economy.
Because Guerrillas choose not to participate in the recession.
To illustrate, here’s a recent story from our client files: Steve Cobain, from Pittsburgh, Penn.
Cobain was laid off as a financial services executive in December 2008, after …
Toni Bowers’ wrote an article on her TechRepublic Career Management blog with the headline “Talking smack about former employers is not advisable.” She points to the farewell message sent by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dan Neil announcing his departure from the Los Angeles Times to go work for the Wall Street Journal. It’s the kind of note you can get away with if you’ve won a prize like that. It’ probably not the best approach for the rest of us. We just don’t have the clout.
Your first …
Interestingly, with all the publicity about the Healthcare bill, the President has (quietly) retreated on Education Reform. A recent Wall Street Journal OpEd (03/18/10,p A17), stated that Mr. Obama would judge schools not by whether they were meeting reading and math standards, but primarily by a more amorphous standard: whether they are producing “college-ready and career-ready students”.
The irony of this retreat is instead of the “No Child Left Behind” goal of students reaching grade level performance, the intent is to make them able to enter the job market. That begs the …
I just finished reading a Chris Anderson’s “Free: The Future of a Radical Price.” He’s the editor of Wired Magazine who also wrote “The Long Tail” (which is the shape of an economic demand curve and not related to kangaroos). He proves his free point by making his “Free” book available for free.
I didn’t really read it. I listened to a MP3 down loadable copy of it which I got for free on Audible.com. It didn’t cost me a single penny and I even got Chris Anderson the …
(This continues where Lesson 4 left off.)
Resources for Snatching the Right Job for You
We’ve covered a lot together these past few days. I’ve given you some:
Help setting your expectations
Job hunt methods that work well
Thoughts on taking care of yourself emotionally/spiritually
Advice for finding your next boss
Today I’m pointing you at resources I have found useful (sometimes VERY useful) for fueling your job hunt. I’ve set up several topics and listed the resources underneath to make them easier to find.
Setting objective and targeting your job search. The key here is …
(This lesson continues where Lesson 3 left off.)
Finding the Hiring Manager That Wants to Meet You Badly
I wrote an article about pocket resumes a while back. I first heard about them on a Linkedin group. It mentioned that a company was offering business card size resumes for use at networking events. “What exactly can you fit on a business card?” I thought. The more and more I thought about it, the more I caught a glimpse of a mentality that if put to use can speed up a …
(This lesson continues where Lesson 2 left off.)
Do NOT Go at It Alone. Get the Help You Need
In the book “What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers” Richard Nelson Bolles says that a huge percentage of job hunters quit after two months. They just check out and stop looking. Take a look at Parachute chapter 1 for the details and statistics. (You may have noticed I pull a lot of material from this book. As I mentioned in …
(This lesson continues where Lesson 1 left off.)
The Worst Ways to Find Work. The Best Ways to Find Work
So what’s the basic information do you need to get you through your job hunt. For this I’m going to start with information from a book every job hunter needs on their bookshelf. Better yet, they need it face up, open on their desk with a whole lot of bookmarks and highlighting showing how hard it’s being used.
Talk to anyone with an HR background and they know the book. It’s …
Job Loss Sucks! P.S. You’ll Do Just Fine
If you’re reading this, you’re likely an the job hunt. You and your family are worried. You’re dealing with difficult emotions – fear, anger and anxiety. It’s like your life’s on hold.
I know job struggles and job hunts. “Been there done that” as the saying goes. Hellen Keller gave us a quote that describes it perfectly:
When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which is …
Are you wondering if your resume best positions you to land the job of your dreams in a parallel market, new industry or higher level position? One area you want to make sure to check is your key-words.
Resume key-words are simply the words used to describe your hard and soft skills. Many companies today use key-word scanning software to organize and qualify applicant matches with available positions. Even if a company doesn’t use key-word scanning software, it’s still extremely important to mirror the key-words listed in a position as much …
No matter if it’s voice mail, email, your Blackberry, a text, your next meeting or perhaps even an letter delivered the old fashioned way – in an envelope with a stamp, every once in a while you have to pull the plug and scream an obscenity ridden with – ENOUGH!
What a concept…… becoming unattainable for some degree of time.
I was looking around a website belonging to Harrison Barnes, the Job Guru, and caught his article “The Importance of Disconnecting from Your Work.” That’s exactly what he’s promoting and …
Spring forward has a positive and hopeful connotation. However, if you are still reading and listening to the economic stories and information, it remains a much-desired illusion.
Take this article on how the very few wealthy are “surviving” the present state of the economy. With one exception, you can easily describe their lifestyles beyond the imagination of the common man.
Yet, the other article that has my attention and gives me angst is the one about the senate passing another bill extending the unemployment benefits, which among other issues, has added …
If you’re looking for a job, success may be as close as your kitchen cabinet … or between your ears.
That’s according to best-selling author of “Swim With The Sharks” and Twin Cities business leader, Harvey Mackay www.HarveyMackay.com).
In his latest book, “Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You,” Mackay offers practical employment tips from his 45+ years of experience as an executive.
Here are Mackay’s answers to common job-search questions. Read them and reap …
Question: How can people handle rejection …
In the current economy, some folks are looking far and wide for jobs, including out of state.
But there are plenty of obstacles to relocating, right?
Not exactly. Most obstacles to a long-distance job search are in your mind, not the employer’s.
That’s according to David E. Perry, co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0 (Wiley; 2009).
Perry, a working recruiter with more than 24 years of experience, offers the following tips if you’re thinking of relocating to find a job …
“Here’s the simple solution: Don’t tell employers where you live. Period. The …