What’s hot? My updated eGuide “118 Job Search Tips…”
If you don’t have my job search tips eGuide, you can get it right here. I feel the need to explain how to use my tips guide. You can apply this to any checklist, article, or presentation. I wanted to provide you with relevant advice to get you started. If you’re parents or friends tell you the job search is a numbers game, tell them to get my eGuide. It’s free for the taking and using.
There are more than 118 tips! There are about 14 areas I cover to get you started!
People are still giving advice their parents gave them from years ago hoping it would work. Then again, people are always assuming the most popular advice others follow is the best advice. Frustration and confusion overcome strategy and logic, which results in job seekers doing what is comfortable and passive. Many job seekers go months and years without interviews and jobs when they can just click and apply.
- They will rely on job boards by applying to everything.
- They will depend on a few friends to offer leads.
- Maybe they will read some advice columns or blogs; a few will read books.
- They will attend career fairs in desperation mode, annoying the attending employers.
- They will go on social media only looking for someone to give them an opportunity (rarely does it ever happen if at all).
Then at the end of their ropes, when they ask for advice, it’s out of desperation. If you ever noticed, everyone runs from a desperate job seeker. Everyone.
Job tips send you in the right direction. They are the arrow pointing you where to go to start.
Tips work best: Experimentation is good. If it doesn’t feel right, you can back away, although, in my eGuide, no workout equipment is needed. Decide which tips are worth being patient for to succeed. Plan on being patient but diligent.
Tips fail: When you experiment half-heartedly and without a strategy. Why would you conduct a job search without one? Admittedly, you’ll need to make some moves requiring advice.
Tips work best: You want longevity for your career, especially the ones about brand building. Writing articles, doing videos, or creating podcasts takes time to get views and takes work to create quality products. The payoff isn’t the instant gratification of being noticed and getting hired on the spot. The payoff comes in creating a body of work and positioning yourself as the go-to person in the industry.
Tips fail: When you are impatient and desperate. Networking can be an out for desperation among the people who know you and understand you. For people who are minimally familiar with you, not so much.
Tips work best: Any strategy requires treating, rinsing, washing, and repeating. Consider how you approach people with your wants and needs and ask yourself, “What will this relationship look like a few minutes, months, and years from now if I’m only asking for stuff?” Most of the tips shared in my guide involve how you interact with others (if you have thought deeply about them).
Tips fail: No advice works when you miscommunicate the goal. Asking an awkward question such as, “Can I network with you?” breeds a lack of confidence. It would cause people to pause even if you have good intentions, but are not grasping the big picture.
Tips work best: By sharing these tips (I love attribution, but give from your heart), you will get back in the long run. But more important, give without any expectation of return. My spirit about it all is to help people no matter how far and wide it reaches. Some of these tips were given to me by mentors and teachers. In return, using my experience with coaching and training job seekers, I created a guide for others.
Tips fail: If it’s all about you! Share with others what you’re doing. I have an attendee from my Job Lab who sends his contacts a newsletter to let them know how he’s doing and to share what he is learning. Capture this spirit, and you can take a load off yourself.
Tips work best: Be open-minded to change, pivot, and recalculate. The job search is not designed to be comfortable or painful. You get results when your resolve exceeds your comfort and embraces your willingness to be uncomfortable.
Tips fail: When you are looking to minimize your efforts. None of these tips are magic. They will take some trial and error.
Today’s modern job seeker stays engaged whether in career development mode or job-search mode. Preferably, you’ll stay engaged in both. As we move towards a gig economy, the job will matter much less than the work itself. As time goes on, I will renew these tips and add new ones yearly.
I hope you’ll stay with the newsletter and this blog as I share the changes in strategies and tips as they happen, or as you give me feedback.