If you’re looking for a job in this economy, you need to stand out from the crowd to get noticed — and hired — by employers.
It’s as simple as that.
And here are three “guerrilla” ways to do it .
Tactic #1: Create a Competitive Analysis
You can make a huge impact on employers by analyzing one or more of their competitors and then sending your findings to them by Priority Mail — not email.
People assume that all companies keep up to date on their competitors, but this is rarely the case. Wrong. …
What separates successful job seekers from those who struggle to get hired?
Two things: clarity and motivation.
You must be clear about the job you seek, the results you’ve produced before, and the employers you want to work for.
And you need motivation to persist through long hours of research, networking, false hopes, and follow-up that may lie between you and your next job.
Want to know an easy, effective way to get more clarity and motivation in your job search?
It’s as easy as taking pen to paper.
In fact, that’s what it is: taking …
I recently reviewed several hundred emails from job seekers across the country. As you might imagine, many things are bugging many job seekers in this economy.
But I boiled their frustrations down to four common ones.
Here they are, with suggested solutions. Which of them apply to you?
Frustration #1: “I submit my resume for a posted job and never hear back
from employers. Did they even read my resume?”
Solution: Here are three ways to make sure your resume is received and read.
1) Call the employer after applying.
Obviously, you can’t do this if you’re …
I got an email recently from a man that read: “I followed all your advice but I have not gotten any job interviews. Do you have any other suggestions?”
I took a look at his LinkedIn profile and found that he hasn’t followed all of the advice I gave him.
In fact, as near as I can tell, he’s not doing anything I suggested.
And, yet, he wants more ideas from me.
So, here’s my advice to him and anyone else struggling to find a job: To get hired in this economy, you must …
My morning Yoga class focused on preparing for the Hanumanasana or Monkey pose. (I follow this YogaToday.com website which has some great online resources regardless of your level of Yoga expertise.) The pose mimics the monkey warrior Hanumana’s leap from the southern tip of India to Sri Lanka from India’s legendary epic Ramayana. Take a look at the picture of the pose to appreciate that it’s a full leg split with arms reaching for the sky. I can’t get to that full split myself – but I did learn something …
I found Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner set nicely on my keyboard. My coworker, Robert, who knows I run and read stuff like this left it there for me. I cracked it open and couldn’t put it down.
Dean Karnazes writes about his 100+ mile ultra marathon running feats, but he does so much more. Karnazes had reached the point in his life where his life had no meaning and purpose. He had a void in his life and his six figure salary couldn’t fill it. He explains how he turned to running, something he had love …
If you’ve been struggling to find work this year, you’ve got company.
While the pace of job losses slowed last month, with payrolls declining by 11,000 positions in November 2009, the length of the average job search actually surged, to 28.5 weeks of average unemployment — the worst in more than 10 years.
So, times continue to be tough.
And times may stay tough, if you’re laboring under two of the most common and costly misconceptions that plague most job seekers.
What are they?
Misconception #1: “Sure, that got them hired, but I’m different. What …
I received an email from Holly Schnack today. She’s looking for work…again?? She’s the job hunter Fox Chicago TV featured in last summer’s story called “Monument to Perseverance.” But don’t expect this change management consultant to be out of work long. During her last job hunt, she put on a sign and took to the Windy City streets resume in hand. She handed it out to everyone she could and even got herself interviewed on the local news.
I know what it’s like being out of work. The expression “been there done that” …