April 21, 2011

Job Search Best Practices

Best methods for job search:
(Depends on industry and size of company)

  • Referrals. Talk to family, friends, and colleagues about what you love to do and what makes you good at it. Most hires are through referrals.

Take Action
  • Informal Interview. Talk to receptionist, manager, or human resources. Leave your resume. Go early. Call. Go back.
  • Career Fair, Job Club, or Workshop. Practice communication and job search skills, network, and find job leads.

  • Internet and social networking. Use the internet to identify subjects and fields of interest. Find the pulse of the culture and economy.
  • Vision. Look up company vision and culture. Companies are looking for a match.

Planning and Self-examination
  • Life-changing job search method. With each career transition ask yourself, “How would I like to use my Transferrable Skills to do something I value?” 
  • Know your skills and what skills make up each skill.

basic tools for career mastery
(Depends on industry and size of company)

  • Master resume: complete list of education, skills and experience.
  • Focused resume: short, job specific, and focused on employer needs.
  • Format: use Word.doc format with content in the body of the email.
  • Know your resume: be able to speak on the content and let yourself shine.
  • Master Application: be prepared to fill out applications.
  • Letters and eLetters: Introduce yourself and follow up.

core competencies
(Show your unique value)

  • Bilingual
  • Diverse background
  • Multicultural experience
  • Specific skills for industry

New frontiers
(Learn to say it in 140 characters or less)
  • eLetters
  • Virtual interviews
  • Google the new resume
  • Linkedin #1 site for professional job search
  • Email and one phone number on resume
  • Vocational/skills jobs in demand
  • Contract, temp, and interim jobs soaring 

Adapted from Richard Bolles & Career Thought Leaders Consortium 3/14/2011 http://www.careerthoughtleaders.com

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