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Job Hunt Basics: Lesson 5

18 March 2010 Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz No Comment

(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.

  1. Setting objective and targeting your job search. The key here is to deliver a clear, concise and memorable message. If you’re wishy-washy about telling people what you want, you’re going slow things down – no doubt. You should consider one of the following resource to help you clarify your goals:

    • What Color Is Your Parachute?. Like you haven’t heard enough about this book. As I have mentioned before, this is a must have for any job hunter. It’s section on job hunting is right on. Part 3 which aims to help you find your dream job contains exercises for discerning the ideal career for you. I wrote a career discernment article describing how I used the book to discover a new career for myself. It’s only shortcoming is it’s bit involved. It may overwhelm some people and which might prevent them from finishing the exercises and getting the benefits.

    • Breakthrough: The Hate My Job, Need a Life, Got Laid Off, Can’t Get No Satisfaction Solution.. (I love this book title.) This book is written by Jeannette Kraar. I met her at a local networking event several years back and we’ve been collaborating in one form or another ever since. (She’s now a frequent Career Jockey contributor.) I wrote a review for this one Career Jockey shortly after launching the site. In the article I compare Breakthrough to Parachute. You can see for yourself that I lean towards Breakthrough as a career discernment tool. It’s exercises are less involved, but still effective, which I think increases your chances of finishing it and getting the benefits. The book also contains exercises for writing your resume which I have used myself. You can purchase a hard copy of the book Amazon.com or other book retailer if your like, but Jeannette and I have made a discounted e-book version of Breakthrough available only at Career Jockey. You can click here to get the exact same book delivered to you via e-mail in about 2 minutes.

    • Secrets to The Unadvertised Job Market. Mary Elizabeth Bradford is another Career Jockey frequent contributor. She wrote this e-book and asked me to review it.  I haven’t written up a review yet, but I can tell you it’s very thorough for helping you find your target job market. It takes a workbook approach asking you to fill in answers to questions to use later.  It’s a resource you should consider. You can click here to learn more about it.
  2. Writing Yourself a Killer Resume. If you’re a job hunter, you need a VERY good resume. It needs to stands out so you get noticed. Otherwise, you’ll have a permanent full-time job looking for a full-time job. I’ve researched a ton of resume writing books, guides and methods. While I haven’t read every book available, this is one I highly recommend. I used it to re-write my latest resume and am very happy with the results. (I’m not looking for work right now, but during my KPMG Consulting days I learned to always keep my resume current for use in client proposals. It’s a habit I’ve never kicked.)

    The book I recommend is Guerrilla Resume. If you’ve read Career Jockey, you’ll recognize Kevin Donlin. He’s one of our most frequent frequent contributors. When I first found his site, I discovered this e-book. I asked him for a review copy and he sent it to me right away. I’ve read the book and, as I said before, used it to re-write my resume.

    Kevin stresses the importance of writing a resume that stands out and gets you noticed. A good resume is key to landing interviews. He asks you questions and makes you think. The result?  A a resume that separates you from the pack (as much as possible anyway) and tells your story to hiring managers in a way that gets them what they need fast.

    Consider getting yourself a copy.

    Note:  Keep in mind that if you are unsatisfied for any reason, Kevin returns you your money.
  3. Other Career Topics. Take a look areas covered by the Career Jockey resources. You can get a good idea by visiting any page and reviewing the Available Topics widget on the right. All the articles fit into five neat categories:
    • Job hunt resources – The articles in the category contain exactly what you’d think. Articles covering an assortment of job hunt topics.
    • Currently Lookin’ – These are articles written by job hunter covering situations they’ve encountered during their job hunts.  Our most frequent contributor is  Orietta Ramirez who writes some very pertinent, poignant  and sometimes hilarious articles.  She takes an interesting approach to her craft.
    • Professional development – Career Jockey delivers the resources to keep your career in tip top shape. This includes learning the key skills and traits that make you effective at work. You’ll find articles on leadership, networking, teamwork and other work related topics.
    • Personal Development – Here at Career Jockey, we believe you have to take care of yourself holistically. You can’t be all work and no play. There are many facets to our being and we have to address all of them to perform our best. Not only that, a complete focus on career without taking care of your personal life will have you missing out on so many things.  (It also sounds like such a drag.)   In all likelihood that will lead to less than optimal career performance. In this section, we cover articles on motivational and spiritual topics I know you will enjoy and appreciate.
    • Career Launcher – This is a new section that we’re starting to work on providing information for the under-thirty crowd as they launch their careers.  Stay tuned as we figure this one out.  If you’d like to join us as a contributor, let us know.  Together we can do a better job than we can do this solo.

Thank you so much for taking a look at Career Jockey’s Job Hunt Basics. I hope you found it helpful and can use it to power your job hunt. We’ll continue to keep you informed of the valuable resources we make available to help you drive your career to where you want it to go.

Very warmest regards,

Jorge Lazaro Diaz, Managing Editor
Career Jockey

P.S. As always, remember to, “Ride your career hard so it doesn’t ride you.”

Jorge Lazaro Diaz

Jorge Lazaro Diaz is the "Original" Career Jockey who started this blog and now serves as the Managing Editor. You'll find he enjoys focusing on professional and personal development articles and frequently covers motivational and spiritual topics.

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