One of the most devastating life events for any person is the loss of employment.
But you already know that!
While I help my clients with effective resume preparation, my experience as a hiring executive and professional recruiter can help you in your job search.
These are some of the very basic ideas for you to use.
Write out in detail definitions of your ideal job (keeping in mind a need for Plan “B”)
Identify industry, job title, specific target companies and geographic preference.
Scan company web sites for openings. What % of the ideal will you accept?
Set networking objectives / goals
Contact former managers, peers, employees, neighbors, customers, trade associations, suppliers, social associations, volunteers, etc.
Set weekly performance / productivity objectives
Numbers of new contacts, follow-up contacts, new networking groups
Learn everything about target organizations
Find their position in industry, finances, size, strengths, weaknesses
Network your way into target companies
Learn of opportunities, organization personalities from the outside in
Role play the interview with a professional or competent friend
Don’t be blind sided with off-beat questions
Know what you can contribute; why you fit the company mold
Have a 30 second speech of why you are the best candidate
Have your questions about the organization
Attend networking sessions
Breakfasts, Chamber of Commerce, industry groups
Have a 30 second pitch about why you are there
Use a free contact database package to assure that you follow up
Ask key people to critique your resume; you’ll get leads
Write a 30 second speech about why you can do the job
Register with temp agencies
Contact outsourcing companies; state employment agencies
Read all papers, including WSJ, IBD, Craig’s List
Subscribe to a job want ad clipping service