“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

-Steve Jobs

FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU START YOUR SEARCH.

If you find yourself in job search mode, we recommend you spend only 10% of your time online. And the rest of your time should be strategically pursuing leads, networking, researching companies you’re most interested in and meeting people in person.

Average length of a job search is 17 weeks

65%-70% of jobs are gained through personal referrals or networking connections

90% of jobs are filled through employee referrals

35% of hiring managers screened out candidates based on what they found on candidates’ social  networking profiles.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Dept of Labor, Wall Street Journal, ABC News

TOP 8 JOBS EMPLOYERS ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY FILLING.

  • Sales
  • Engineers
  • Technicians
  • IT Staff
  • Management
  • Productivity
  • Accounting
  • Office Support

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing
unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…” – Theodore Roosevelt

YOUR TIME IS A VALUABLE RESOURCE.

This Career Search page is specifically geared towards all job seekers whether passively or actively looking, early in career or an executive, who have limited time to commit to their job search and want to use their time wisely.     Our goal is to enable you to be as efficient, effective and focused as possible. Our career search tips will require you to invest some time and effort, however those who utilize these tips will see better results and greater opportunities.

3 Simple Ways to Successfully Network

Whether you’re actively looking for your next career move or you just want to stay proactive in case a better opportunity comes up, face-to-face networking is still one of the best job search strategies out there.

1. Make Networking Fun.

Instead of finding a networking event that is specifically for business, search for a group of business individuals who are doing something you like to do. For example Is there an activity you already are doing or have a strong interest in learning, like golfing, cooking, photography or hiking – many professionals choose to be in groups like this. By meeting people in a relaxed, social and enjoyable setting you are more likely to have real, meaningful conversations and have opportunities to ask questions about their jobs.

2. Research and be Strategic.

Many times people in your profession and industry are involved in groups, associations, clubs and learning communities. Spend a few hours and do some research to find those groups. Be strategic and contact the leader of each group to find out what the purpose and goals of that group is to see if it aligns with your goals. Then go and try them out!

3. Start with People You Know.

If you look at your family, friends, church, facebook, you may be surprised who you already are connected with. Let people know what types of career opportunities you’re most interested in or even better be specific when telling them what type of person you’d love to meet. Then take action and make that connection. Your current “network” is more powerful and valuable than you probably realize.

5 Things to Avoid When Applying for a Job and 6 Things You Should Do Instead

1.    AVOID applying for every single job you find that is in your wheel house. For example if you are a Sales Manager, applying for every job that is titled Sales Manager no matter what the qualifications.

DO actually read the entire job description and make sure you have the experience it requires, especially under any REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS section. For instance as you read through the job description come up with one example of how you have done that or something similar in one of your past or current position(s).

DO research every single company you are considering applying to. For example research the company’s history, the employees, current news/financial reports/blog posts about the company – make sure you have 2-3 solid reasons why you would want to work for that particular company.

 

2.    AVOID sending the exact same resume to every job you apply for.

DO take the extra time and cater your resume and cover letter to that specific job description. If you read and completed #1 above you should already have come up with some good examples of why you’re qualified for that particular position, which you can then highlight in your resume. And make sure to keep your resume 1-3 pages maximum in length – if 10 years experience or less for sure keep to 1 page.

DO check your spelling and grammar. Ask a friend, colleague, spouse or even better a recruiter if possible to proofread your resume.

 

3.    AVOID general statements on your resume, i.e. built a team of sales reps, or managed marketing department.

DO be specific! Instead of general statements you should give quantifiable achievements for each bullet point on your resume. You want to be able to “paint” a picture for the reader of your application, give them a very detailed idea of what you have accomplished in the past. For example, built a team from 0 to 10 sales reps in twelve months, or successfully managed a marketing department of 6 for five years.

 

4.    AVOID applying online through the company’s website if at all possible. It’ll be a waiting game, because you never know who or when someone will be viewing your application.

DO your research and see if you know anyone in your network that has a connection to the company you’re interested in. For example, a good approach is looking at your Linkedin profile, find a mutual connection and ask for more information and a possible introduction to the hiring manager of that position. If you cannot find a connection, find the hiring manager for the position, if you cannot find the hiring manager then at least find out who the recruiter or HR generalist is for that position and send a written email introducing yourself.

 

5.    AVOID just applying to a job and then doing nothing but complain when you don’t hear anything back from the company.

DO follow up with the company, if you do not hear back within 4-5 days, just to make sure they received your resume. Ask them where they are in the process – are they just reviewing resumes, are they interviewing now, etc. It doesn’t hurt to tell them you’ll follow up with them if you don’t hear back, and ask them by what date you should do this (this also then gives you an idea of their hiring timeline). If you read and completed #4 you should already have the contact name of the person in charge of that particular position.

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