May 15, 2006

Do you have what it takes to get a job?

"The Employer Thinks The Way You Are Doing Your Job-Hunt
Is the Way You Will Do the Job"

from "What Color is Your Parachute"

Do you have a plan for conducting your job search? Job Search Strategies such as, having a plan and knowing your decision making process, increases your employability.

Job Search Plan:
1. Investigating: Be an investigator and learn who's hiring and what jobs are available.
2. Decision-making: Choose 2-3 companies who's work fits with your values and skills.
3. Researching: Get information about companies and jobs.
4. Networking: Find companies that you would like to work for, and call or walk in and ask for an application. See a Job Coach or Career Counselor for more information on how to contact employers.
5. Documentation: Keep a log or workshheet to document employers you have contacted, the date, and how you contacted them.
6. Follow-up: Follow up with phone calls, email and thank you notes whenever possible for all of your networking contacts.

"Most people job-hunt the same way they live their lives, and the way they do their work." Richard N. Bolles.
You can show an employer that your are employable by describing your job search plan in an interview. When you take the time to do your part, it shows. Show that you have time to work by doing the work to get the job.
It works! Nancy Miller, Career Counselor