You have your job down pat. You know your industry. You job hunt intelligently, but youve hit a brick wall. What have you not learned to do? For inspiration, read some tips from people throughout the country.
Dont minimize the most important first step research. Learn about company cultures. Mark Frietch recommends you develop of list of cultures in your work history you liked or didnt. Hes president of TAC Services LLC in Charlotte, N.C., where he consults on integrating social media and social networking for job seekers. Look for particular buzzwords on web sites, he says, such as community involvement or community relations.
Michelle Proehl, president of Slate Advisers Inc, a career transition service in Sunnyvale, Calif., tells you to identify the values of an organization to determine if it parallels yours. What type of work environment brings out the best in you? she asks. When have you felt most successful in the past? How will the role that youre applying for enable the same? Some companies value long hours, collaboration and face time, she observes. What kind of people do you want to work with technology innovators or people with more work-life balance?
Frietch also mentions that, when using LinkedIn, if you target the title of a person likely to hire you and do a keyword search in your areas of focus, youll be targeting people who will help you get the job. They talk to each other.
Once inside, look at your potential boss. Leadership styles and work environment are created by that leader, Proehl mentions. Is the person more hands-on or self-directed? She concedes that you need to think about co-workers, too.
Career strategist Darrell Gurney, author of Never Apply for a Job Again, has updated his job hunting method, which is particularly useful if you dont need a job this minute (Career Press, $14.95). He directs people to focus on relationships today/this week (rather than your) desperate need for a job. The latter repels. The former attracts.
Identify and maximize your passion, such as something cutting edge in your current field or hot and fascinating in another field, he advises. Not sure how to do it? He makes it simple: Scan the classifieds for inspiring words and phrases (a.k.a., your sweet spot).
Then, find reasons to meet people other than your need for a job, Gurney writes. These arent information interviews, which scream, Im looking for a job. For example, one job seeker created a blog showcasing local CMOs after he interviewed them. Eventually, people turned the tables on him and offer him a job, Gurney reports.
Its always about knowing and being known by people in the know, he explains. Go for information and relationships. If you find reasons to get in front of and known by thought and industry leaders, the job will take care of itself.
Heres a gem: People bend the rules for people they know, he writes.
When you dont land a job, its easy to torment yourself with failure. Rather than obsessing over how you did in interviews, consider a tactic from Tracy Brisson, founder and CEO of The Opportunities Project Inc. in Savannah, Ga. She calls it the replay technique.
Immediately after an interview, write down everything you can remember. Then, bring together one or two peers, especially one whos hired. Replay the interview questions and your answers, she says. Ask if they hear anything they might rephrase or consider a turn-off. Discovering you didnt say anything catastrophic will free you to move forward.
Worn out by job hunting? Consider Gurneys method.
Dr. Mildred L. Culp welcomes your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. © 2013 Passage Media.