Awhile ago we asked our past customers who have landed jobs what advice they would give other job seekers to help with their job hunt. Here’s what they told us:
- Don’t just reply to ads posted in print or on the Web. Online applications are worth “one grain of sand on a 5-mile beach.” Before you spend a lot of time applying to job postings remember, that’s exactly what most of your competition is doing. Diversify your job search strategy and get involved in networking groups.
- Find a “sponsor.” Have a personal recommendation from a current employee at a company when submitting a resume or application for a posted position.
- Take the time to inventory your skills and abilities to determine the kind of job YOU want and then target your job search accordingly. Do a personal skills inventory as described in “What Color is your Parachute” by Richard Bolles or take the O*Net Interest Profiler. Spend quality time writing and practicing your 30-second introduction, 60-second infomercial and SCAR/STAR stories (S ituation-C hallenge-A ction-R esult).
- Be open and willing to change strategies. If you continue to do the same thing you will get the same results.
- Discipline, discipline, and more discipline. Work at job search full-time but it is also about quality, not just quantity. Use your time effectively.
- Stay focused by creating a job search plan. Do a marketing plan focusing on target companies.
- Take time out and enjoy hobbies. Do something that you enjoy to relax and de-stress your mind.
- Learn to compromise and be open to all options. Come to terms with the reality of one’s situation and move forward. Identify an acceptable survival job.
- Don’t read negative press about the state of the local economy.
- Follow-up on all leads and applications submitted. Call regularly but don’t become a pest. By following up you demonstrate attributes that employers are looking for. “You stand out and you also learn where you stand.”
- Stay energized by attending job clubs and networking groups like the RochesterWorks Job Network.