Everything in Your Job Search is Wrong!
Stop wasting your time. Stop doing your job search wrongly. Find out the Secret to success and results and apply it now. read on to learn, change and succeed.
We are six months into 2012 and I have a question for you. What are you doing different today, in your job search and career management, compared to a year ago? Have you changed? Have you made differences? Are you more successful? Odds are that you are not so I argue that it’s time to change! Agree?
Change should never be done for the sake of change but for the sake of a different outcome, for the sake of reaching a different goal! Do you feel any difference with anything you do or are you simply continuing where you left off in 2011? Or are you “just” repeating 2011?
A while back I was in the audience listening to a very engaging and highly enjoyable motivational speaker. He spoke of the need to change and his formula as we could call it, is very simple.
Imagine that in 2011, or anytime in your past, everything you did is labelled “A” and as a consequence of all what your did, your outcome was also “A”. Now you could be satisfied with that but assuming you want more/better/higher/faster etc. results in now or in 2012 and we call these “B”, do you think, that by continuing doing “A”, in 2012 – exactly what you did in 2011 – you will get to “B”? Sorry mate – you’ll get to “A” again, which is exactly what you want to avoid. You don’t want “A”, you want to aspire to getting “B”.
So to get to “B” results you need to move and change what you do ….. to “B”.
This drives my top 10 change pointers for job seekers:
1. Is your strategy working? Are you getting the results you want? How many interviews did you get in the last 12 months in your job quest? How many call backs? How many job offers? If you are not happy with your own answers, look at your strategy.
2. Are your methods working? Are unsolicited applications responded to? Do you get calls for interviews when you apply for jobs? Do you get referenced and approached via your network? Look at your cover letter template. Does it make sense? Is it appealing? Is it selling you and the value you represent? Get some sanity checking by friends or – if you want to splurge – get a review by a job coach. Same goes for your resume. Have you read up on what is good and bad practice in your local environment, if you seek jobs locally, or abroad if you opt for international jobs.
3. Discard your resume and make a new one – from scratch!
4. Discard your typical cover letter and make a fresh approach. Energize, revitalize! Renew! Invent!
5. Is your network helping you? Have you been a good networker? Have you thought of asking someone in your network if they have someone in their network who might just be able to assist you?
6. Are you using the right references or are they damaging you? Consider changing!
7. Are you working with the right – and enough – head hunters?
8. Are your interview questions relevant? What about your typical answers? Will they leave an honest “wow” impression without the hype?
9. If you are targeting a specific industry/company and it seems not to pan out, have you considered upstream/downstream options? (example: you want to work for an Automaker but can’t find any openings (or you are not offered). You are experienced in the Auto industry. Have you thought of taking employment with automaker sub-suppliers or perhaps with one of the dealerships. Think of it. Your value, experience and “baggage” might be very valuable outside your immediate focus sphere!
10. Are you always thoroughly prepared when you go for an interview? How is your research process? Do you ever reflect on “what went wrong the last time”. Do you adjust your pitch and approach?
Lot’s of work! Get going! Change your job search methods.
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