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JST: Ten-Ten-Ten

Ten-Ten-Ten

10Consider this a light hearted overview of the job-search process. Don’t take it too seriously, but don’t ignore it either. Special note: working on your resume is NOT in the top 10!
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The first ten things to do when looking for a job.
  1. Get extremely specific about what you are looking for. There is no demand for generalists. You can only be hired when you meet a known need
  2. Know how to introduce yourself in a few seconds
  3. Build target company list. What kind of company: size, location, product/service. Why?
  4. Build contact list
  5. Network with employed people
  6. Learn how to ask questions. Be helpful to others
  7. Marketing plan. Stories, messages, key points. Short and simple
  8. Business cards, networking document. How do you want to be remembered?
  9. Be reachable AND “findable.” Email, phone, mailing address. Be professional in all
  10. Message Templates
The ten things you must do before those first ten
  1. Get some accountability
  2. Drop any hint of pride. Be willing to ask for help. Be coachable
  3. Only employed people can offer you a job. Plan to be where employed people are
  4. Get ready to work hard. Devote a minimum of 40 hours to the task. 60+ is more reasonable. Make sure you have a place to work
  5. Take care of family situations that will impact your search. Yes, that’s hard. Your spouse, or family, can be your greatest asset (your secret weapon). Or your saboteur. If your home life is “crazy,” it will destroy your search
  6. Systems: Contact Management. Filing. Follow-ups. Create organization, use it, no exceptions!
  7. Input. Be a reader (or audio program listener). Focus on attitude and Motivation. (QBQ! or Flipping the Switch, or How to Win Friends… are great starting places)
  8. Deal with finances, etc. Assume the worst — cut the costs
  9. Be sure you know who you are — assessments. Ask friends for your blind spots
  10. Close skills gaps
The ten things to be sure you do NOT do before the first ten
  1. Do NOT start with your resume
  2. Don’t start by begging everyone you know for a job
  3. Don’t badmouth your previous company, or manager, or anything else about your previous situation. No negatives!
  4. Don’t listen to the negative news
  5. Don’t hang around with family and friends who are generally negative. (Find people who think you are wonderful)
  6. Don’t mass market yourself before you have a clear plan
  7. Don’t dwell on the past. Be future focused. What can you do now, and in the future
  8. Don’t try our 1970 (or 80, or 90) job search approach. The world has changed. Get with it
  9. Don’t ignore any social media presence you may have. What you’d said will be uncovered. Make sure it’s all good stuff
  10. Don’t burn time. Don’t allow yourself to become comfortable being unemployed

Special thanks to Art Jones who named this the 9:40 document: 10, before 10, before 10:00.

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Last updated: 9/30/2014

You can find all my Job-Search related articles here. Please remember, a job search is normally an ordered set of steps. If you try to skip steps, it usually doesn’t work out well.

JST: Finding and Validating Email Addresses

Finding and Validating Email Addresses

EmailIconHere are two tools for finding and validating email addresses. (There are certainly many others.)

  1. If you know the name of a person, and the domain for their email, use this site to learn the most common style for email addresses at that company. May not be perfect, but it’s a great start:
    http://email-format.com

  2. Now, having come up with that good guess, here’s a way to go a bit further in validating before actually trying to send an email. There are a lot of reasons why this may not work, but there’s no risk in giving it a try:
    http://www.MailTester.com/

These won’t help you every time, but there’s very little downside to trying.

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Last updated: 10/2/2014

You can find all my Job-Search related articles here. Please remember, a job search is normally an ordered set of steps. If you try to skip steps, it usually doesn’t work out well.

JST: Networking 101

Networking doesn’t have to be hard. Trust me for a moment. I’m an introvert. I am NOT people oriented. Yet I connect with people all the time, intentionally, for a variety of purposes. Most people are a whole lot more friendly and helpful than you might expect. (even me!) For those rare times where you run into somebody who’s not helpful, or not friendly, OK, move on, pick someone else. Don’t dwell on what doesn’t work, move on to what does.

café-coffee-cup-2709-829x550One of the keys of networking is affinity. If you have affinity with someone who you’ve never met, well, you have an automatic hint of connection. For instance, common interest (common groups on LinkedIn) or common connections. Same schools. Same geography. Even same industry can be a step in the right direction.

Now here’s my statement that I want you to test me on. “You have affinity with everyone you want to connect with.” You may have to search for it, but I bet you have it. Just like “six degrees of separation,” you are a lot more connected than you might first think.

Now, when you get ready to connect, take full advantage of that affinity.

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Last updated: 9/29/2014

You can find all my Job-Search related articles here. Please remember, a job search is normally an ordered set of steps. If you try to skip steps, it usually doesn’t work out well. 

JST: Connect First, Apply Second

BrooklynBridgeConnectWe’ve all heard, and mostly believe, that networking is the key to a job search. Despite this, so often I see people do something that on reflection is so backwards. They apply for a job and then look for connections within the company. Far too often I see emails along the lines of “I’ve just applied at XYZ company, ‘who knows somebody who works there?'”

Please don’t do that! Turn it around. Make connections first. Learn about the company, the culture, the job. Then apply, assuming you’re the right fit.

“But wait,” you may say, “the posting is up now, I know there will be hundreds/thousands of applicants, I need to be in the first group.” Really? Is being first more important than having connection? If you take that approach, let me know how it works out for you. Besides, networking into a company doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. It’s actually fairly easy to do that networking if you have a plan, and it can happen quickly!

Networking in a hurry. Guess I’ll have to address that soon.

Related:
5 Things Jobseekers NEED to Know About LinkedIn

Last updated: 10/20/2014

You can find all my Job-Search related articles here. Please remember, a job search is normally an ordered set of steps. If you try to skip steps, it usually doesn’t work out well.

Career and Job-search Tips

SearchingFor several years I’ve dabbled in helping others with job searches. I am NOT an expert. Just an observer of things that work, and especially of things that don’t! It’s finally time to start building a reference guide.

Disclaimer. I’ve received input from many sources. Career Direct. Crossroads. Career Handler. Career Focus. Peter Bourke and C3G. Mark Warren. John Kalusa. Probably others. I know some of these have influenced my thoughts and I want to give credit where credit is due. I have no intent of plagiarizing, yet there is probably nothing that’s an original thought with me.

My motivation comes from having visited quite a few “Career ministries.” Very mixed opinions — there are some great ones and some, well, not so much. Some great encourager ministries. Some great prayer ministries. Both of those are good, but please don’t confuse prayer and encouragement with being a career or job search ministry! A good Job Search ministry helps people get jobs and that should be the key measurement!

If you are one of the people who has the skills, or connections, or is in a specialty industry where you are confident you can walk right out and get a satisfying job within a few days, then you don’t need to read any further. Go right ahead and enjoy your situation!

Most of us, especially those of us ‘well over 29,’ are going to need to invest more effort. Finding a job can quickly become a full time job, and it tends to have a lot of overtime. There are specific steps, some with many sub-steps. Trying to skip steps, or attempting shortcuts, or going out of order, will be counter-productive. The fastest way to a new job? One step at a time, in order. Also, don’t go it alone!

So, with that little bit of background, I’ll jump in! If you’re in a job search I pray you will find useful ideas here.

Last updated: 9/28/2014

You can find all my Job-Search related articles here.