Keep Detailed Records

 

One client, Rebecca, told me how she regretted not keeping detailed records in her job search.

 

Reason?

 

She got calls after submitting her resume to positions, but had forgotten all about what jobs and companies she had applied to! Needless to say, she didn’t get any interviews this way, and all her efforts in sending out resumes to those companies were wasted.

 

Don’t let this happen to you.

 

 

Action Step: Write down the following every time you send out a resume:

  • title of job you applied for,
  • company name,
  • name of person addressed in cover letter,
  • source of job lead,
  • date resume and cover letter were sent,
  • date of your intended follow-up, and
  • any other notes that will help you talk intelligently should that company call you for an interview.

 

You should also keep a copy of the classified ad or Internet job posting you applied to, if one is available. That way you’ll be able to discuss the job when you get called to interview.

Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.

Read The Paper, But Not The Want Ads

Here are 3 ways to locate job openings using free resources at your disposal.

 

I interviewed Bob Picha, founder of San-Diego-based Ideas At Work, a company dedicated to the release of human potential in individuals and organizations.

 

Based on 30 years of career-consulting experience, Bob’s insights are sure to surprise – and more importantly – help you find a job faster.

 

Research is your first step in ferreting out job openings. And since almost everyone gets a daily newspaper, why not start there? But don’t spend a lot of time on the want ads, advises Picha.

 

“I take an indirect approach in looking for companies that might be hiring. For example, I skimmed today’s Wall Street Journal and found these tidbits: 

  • “Toyota now wants 15% of global market share, which means they’ll be expanding worldwide and perhaps hiring locally; 
  • “China is buying $1.2 billion in telecom equipment from Lucent and Motorola, which points to both firms needing new personnel; 
  • “Earnings for Cendant rose 19%, so they may be hiring …

 

“The list goes on,” says Picha.

 

Two more ways to use the newspaper to uncover expanding businesses are: 

  1. Monitor the business section for firms signing new commercial leases, a sure sign of a need for increased capacity, and
  2. Look for companies receiving venture capital — since it’s so difficult to get these days, such firms are likely to have a viable business model … and a need for new employees.

 

 

Action Step: With a little digging, you can uncover the employment clues that point you toward companies in need of new employees. And you’ll have almost NO competition, since 99% of job hunters look only to the help-wanted ads when they read the newspaper.

Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.

Network Smarter, Not Harder

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – networking is how 70-80% of the best jobs are filled. But in today’s economy, don’t expect a plum position to fall in your lap. You must network smartly and more creatively. “Try calling on vendors and suppliers who know of companies that might be hiring. These include your local banker, CPA, lawyer and real estate agent. These people all have a great deal of knowledge,” says Bob Picha, founder of San-Diego-based Ideas At Work, a company dedicated to the release of human potential in individuals and organizations. When you call or meet networking contacts, ask for names of growing companies who could use someone with your experience. Ask for a contact person at the target employer(s), but avoid the HR department, since they often act as gatekeepers and may shun you. Action Step: Call people who may owe you a favor for past business you’ve done with them. This makes them more likely to assist by helping you find companies that are hiring.

Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.

When the Guru Smacks You on the Head, Take it Like a Man

Great advice is great advice no matter where it comes from and no matter who it was originally intended for.

Here's an article by one of my favorite business gurus – Perry Marshall – on coaching.  Actually no, it's on learning and being open to being open to learn from the best even when people already think you're the best.  the article is oh so  very applicable to job hunters – especially all those stuck in the old ways of job hunting hunting and networking.  When you're finished with the piece surf over to my web site and download our free audio CD on job hunting {Guerrilla Job Search Tips!}

Read Perry Marshall's article for yourself and listen to his advice on how to improve your performance – it's so applicable to job hunters. MORE

Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.

Walk Right In, Sit Right Down

Robbie Brawner Ouzts, Director of Career Services at Oglethorpe University, tells the story of a gung-ho job seeker who got hired after walking into a job interview meant for somebody else! “An administrative professional, we’ll call her, ‘Shirley,’ got so frustrated after sending out resumes with no response that she decided to call on companies in person.” At 10:00 one morning, she walked into the lobby of a local business. Unknown to her, the hiring manager was expecting another woman for a 10:00 job interview. “Shirley walked in and looked dressed for an interview, so the employer thought it was his 10:00 appointment. He started talking to her and thought she was wonderful,” says Ouzts. After 10 minutes, the hiring manager realized his mistake, but Shirley handed him her resume for review. The interview continued … and she got a job as an office manager. What about that candidate who was originally scheduled to interview at 10:00? “She never did show up,” says Ouzts. Action Step: Shirley’s stroke of good fortune seems pretty incredible, like winning the job lottery. But before you dismiss her tactic as something that could never happen to you, understand this critical point: Shirley created her this break all by herself. Put another way, this could have never happened to Shirley if she had spent that morning at home in front of the TV, sulking about her job search. You can literally make your own luck if you get proactive and seek out hiring managers in person. If you’re at all reluctant about calling on employers in person, you have company. The thought of cold calling can be intimidating. Yet, ask yourself this: if you go out to meet hiring managers, what’s the worst that could happen? They say no. Big deal. Dust yourself off, and try again. But what’s the worst that can happen if you sit idly at home and wait for the phone to ring with job offers? The bank could foreclose on your mortgage. Your landlord could evict you. Your significant other could leave you for someone else. Hmm. That’s an easy choice, isn’t it?

Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.

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Why Use Blogging as a Job Search Tool?

via asuccessfulcareer.wordpress.com

Here are 3 great reasons to use blogging to help in your job search.

You Are More Qualified Than You Think

Job search expert James Adams, based in California, once advised an applicant to talk about her hobby as a private pilot when interviewing for a position at a utility company.

 

Why?

 

The job required a manager to oversee a plant delivering electricity to consumers across California. Making the wrong decision — or no decision — would put thousands of people in the dark.

 

As a private pilot, this woman had safely landed a crippled aircraft not once, but twice. Had she not made the right decisions fast, while focusing on a solution, she wouldn't have survived.

 

By proving her decision-making ability, which transferred easily from piloting to power plant management, she aced out dozens of other applicants — and got the job.

 

 

Action Step: I’ll say it again — you are more qualified than you think.

 

If you need confirmation of this, ask the opinion of at least 3 friends or family members whose judgment you trust. They can provide insights on how your hobbies, interests and experience (paid or unpaid) have given you a valuable set of skills.

Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.

Head hunters find their niche in boom times | Oil & Gas: Special Report | Financial Post

A funny thing happens when oil prices go up. Suddenly, headhunters come out of the woodwork in provinces such as Alberta.

via business.financialpost.com

Great article on recruiting.

How To Treat Your Job Hunt Like The Presidential Campaign [INFOGRAPHIC] – Business Insider

via www.businessinsider.com

Look at the difference between looking for work and being found. very telling infographic.

Ask The Magic Networking Question

If your network is smaller than you'd like, think of it as a yeast cell, with the power to expand from its tiny origin until it produces something wonderful. In this case, a new job!

 

Tell everyone you know that you're looking for a job. Call or e-mail every single person in your address book. Now, here's the magic question — at the end of every conversation, ask:

 

“Who else do you know that I should be talking to?”

 

This is how you expand your network by leaps and bounds! If everyone you talk to gives you two more names, and those people give you two more names, your network will explode like crabgrass in July — try it and see.

 

Eventually, someone should be able to put you in touch with a decision maker who can hire you.

 

Even former employers can help. If you parted on good terms with your last boss, he or she might be able to refer you to hiring managers in other companies.

 

 

Action Step: Stop thinking that your network is only as large as the people you know. It’s not. It’s FAR bigger and more valuable. When you ask: “Who else do you know that I should be talking to?” the sky is literally the limit – you could be only one or two phone calls away from talking to the CEO of General Mills, the owner of your dream company down the road … or Kevin Bacon. But you’ll never know unless you ask.

Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.

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