Recently, we were in the position of looking to fill a role at our company and needed to find top notch candidate. After a rather frustrating search, we suddenly were connected with a candidate who was everything we were looking for.We were quite fortunate to find a great fit, but I was surprised to find that, when she told me about her job search, she really did all of the steps we talk about.I have asked her to write a bit about her process to help others see that the process works. The rest are her words. As a young professional, the whole world seemed to be an opportunity for me. But I realized very quickly that in order to find opportunity, you must stand out from the pack. After trying the conventional routes of job searches I gained nothing but frustration. I quickly realized that a job search is a job in itself and must be approached as such. So, I developed a business plan and began to market myself as a brand. I did this by implementing several steps. 1. Know what you want. You have to know what you are looking for and be specific in your definition of what you are looking for in a job. Employers look for candidates who know what they want from a career and for those who take the ambiguity out of themselves. You must find your niche and define it well. 2. Create a great resume. A professional resume and cover letter that clearly define your strengths and state your goals is crucial. A clear format is a must. Your cover letter and resume are your chance to sell yourself and your first step in branding your product, you. 3. Market yourself through networking. Remember, you are advertising a product and want as much exposure in the market as you can possibly achieve. LinkedIn is a great site for connecting to your target group. But you must be selective; your Facebook friends are not your target market. You want to surround yourself and create your professional presence based on professionals with similar interests and impressive goals and achievements. Also, look at every new meeting as an opportunity. Do not be afraid to ask for advice; you never know who may become a lead or reference. Have people work for you, ask people to forward your resume, and listen for job opportunities that match your niche. 4. Don’t forget the personal touch. A simple “thank you” allows you to stand out from other job seekers. Don’t just thank someone after an interview; a simple email thanking someone for becoming a new connection is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself. Always attach your cover letter and resume. If the connection is not a possible employer, take the opportunity to ask for advice and, again, attach your resume. It is a representation of the product and the more people who see it, the better. 5. Remember that you have a business now. In order to market the brand you must treat it as a business. You should spend 20-40 hours per week on networking, applications, and interviews in order to achieve your goal; employment in a position that allows growth and opportunity. 6. Be patient. This is not an easy process. It is also very emotional and you can expect highs and lows. But as long as you stick with your business plan, you will achieve your goal. So what are you doing about your job search? Are you treating it as a business? Are you committing the time it requires? I would love to hear your comments on the steps laid out above.Successful job search image from Bigstock
8 Ways You're Being SHUT OUT Of The Hiring Process
1-hour workshop to help job seekers figure out what's getting them tossed from the hiring process
September 28, 2022
Are you terrified of screwing up a job interview? Does the thought of writing a cover letter horrify you? Are you scared to network with others? What do you even say, anyway? If you're struggling to overcome your job search fears, this live event is for you.
We get it. Looking for work can be scary, especially if you’ve been at it for a long time and haven’t gotten any results.
Understanding which fears are getting in the way and how to overcome them will make all the difference. Sometimes you might not be aware of which obstacle is getting in the way of your goals. If you want to overcome these fears once and for all, we invite you to join us!
In this training, you’ll learn how to:
- Utilize strategies for coping with your job search fears
- Be confident in your job search—from writing your resume to networking
- Face your fears and move forward
Join our CEO, J.T. O'Donnell, and Director of Training Development & Coaching, Christina Burgio, for this live event on Wednesday, October 5th at 12 pm ET.
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December 06, 2022
Don't let your employment status dictate how much you enjoy the holidays. This is a time for happiness, family and friends, and delicious food!
I mean, c'mon. There's no reason why your job search should interfere with Grandma's famous pumpkin pie. But it can be hard to stay positive during the holidays when those aunts and uncles are nagging you about your job search and old friends are asking what you're doing for work these days.
It can be so tempting to completely remove yourself from holiday festivities so you don't have to experience that agonizing awkwardness of answering the same dreaded questions over and over again. Don't let your insecurities ruin the most wonderful time of the year. Here are our three tips for staying positive during your holiday job search:
1. Don't Allow Yourself To Feel Sorry For Yourself
You don't have time for that pity party nonsense! You've got to bake cookies, play with your dog, and sip hot cocoa with your family.
Whenever you start feeling worn down from the stress or start feeling bad for yourself, do something productive. You could make yourself a structured job search plan that incorporates, or research companies you're interested in. Or you could do something that's not related to your job search at all.
You can hit the gym, take a walk outside to get some fresh air and sunshine, or you can indulge in a good book for 30 minutes. Don't feel guilty about doing these things—they're necessary for your mental and physical health, which are two things you can't neglect, especially during a job search.
2. Focus On What You're Excited About
When someone asks you, "How's the job search going?" don't focus on the negative. Remember: you have the power to control the tone of this conversation. If you focus on your lack of success—how many interviews you haven't gotten or how many companies didn't call you back—you're not only going to make the conversation awkward for both of you, but you're going to feel awful about yourself.
Instead, tell them about a few companies and opportunities you're excited about. Focus on your little wins like having a great informational interview with someone from one of your target companies. Convey your enthusiasm for finding a new job opportunity. It'll make you feel uplifted, and it gives you the opportunity to talk about your job search in a positive way.
3. Laugh, Dance, And Be Merry
What makes you laugh out loud, even when no one is in the room? What songs make you want to get up and dance, even when people are looking? Find those little things that make you happy and pepper them in throughout your day. There's honestly nothing better than a good laugh.
Distract yourself with positivity—and don't feel bad about taking a "Happy Break" every once in a while. It will help keep you in balance during your holiday job search.
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.
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If you read my article from last week, I talked about COVID-19 career PTSD. There are so many people who are stuck in their careers right now and can't figure out what to do next. I know from 20 years of career coaching that the answer lies in figuring out whether you need a job, a career, or a calling.
The Difference Between A Job, A Career, And A Calling
@j.t.odonnell Do you need a JOB, CAREER or CALLING right now???? @j.t.odonnell #careers#jobs#jobtok#careertok#tiktok#howto#dreamjob#workitdaily♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
A job is something that just pays the bills. It's serving a singular purpose. You don't feel any identity tied to it. A really great example of people who work jobs would be Olympic athletes. A lot of them will work at places like Home Depot because they can just go in and do the job. A job like that has flexible hours, which is perfect for them because their main pursuit is becoming an Olympic athlete. Or maybe you've got something going on with family right now that's way more important than feeling connected to the work that you do. Whatever the reason, you just need a job where you can punch in and collect a paycheck.
Then there's a career. I would say the majority of people fall into this category. These are people who want work to be meaningful to them. We've seen a big shift in this as a result of the pandemic. People are becoming purpose-driven professionals who don't just want to do a job. They want the work that they do to have some sort of impact or meaning or at least make them feel satisfied. Careers support intrinsic motivation, meaning you do the work because of the connection that you feel to it, whether it's the connection to the work itself or maybe to the organization and what they do. And that becomes very important for satisfaction. We have to do work that works for us. So when you know you want a career, you have to pursue it differently. You have to become a job shopper. That's how you'll find the right career for you.
The last category is a calling. Very few people fall into this type of work. This is when what you do becomes a large part of your identity. Finding a calling happens when people get super passionate about solving a problem, alleviating a pain, and creating more happiness. I have a calling. I left corporate America 20 years ago because I got very frustrated about the fact that the people that we were recruiting that we weren't able to place could have secured better jobs if they had received coaching. So I became a career coach, and for the last 20 years, I've been trying to disrupt that industry and build an online platform for people. It's come at a sacrifice. I've traded out a lot of hobbies and recreation to put toward work. Also, financially, this isn't overly lucrative. But I'm doing it because it makes a difference. And that's important to me. That's a calling. It's not for everyone, but it might be for you.
So which one do you need right now? A job, a career, or a calling?
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