4 Job Search Tips

Posted: October 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

I am always on the lookout for job hunting tips and good job hunting information. Why? Job hunting has changed so much in the last 15 years that it’s hard to keep up with the best way to find a job. Many things have stayed the same. I was listening to a presentation the other day and I believe the presenter quoted that over 90% of people are lying on the resume. 90%…

That number just floors me, but does not surprise me at all. I know as I look at it that I am not sure that is not true. The worst part about this is that people that do that are really setting themselves up for a tough road if they get hired. Let me give you an real life example:

At one time I hired someone who said they knew SQL Server replication. I asked the questions during the interview and the answers were correct. I then asked about when they had used replication and I was told about how the last company had implemented it. I found that this was sufficient. We ended up hiring this candidate, but later found out that he did know about replication and was able to answer the 5 or 10 questions about it. But he had never really worked on it himself. When asked about it he back peddled and said that he was involved, but not directly.

So maybe he stretched the truth, his resume said he knew replication, and when asked he told us how the company implemented it. End result was that this person was being left on call about 30 days into the job and he was going to have to rebuild replication. He did not have a good weekend and neither did the rest of the team that were supposed to be off.

Erika Walker from Tek Systems sent this out today and I thought that is had some good points in there. The original article was written by Kevin Donlin, and can be foundhere. If you are out there looking for a job drop Erika an e-mail. If she is not in the area that you are looking for I am sure that she can point you in the right direction and get you connected to the right people.

here. If you are out there looking for a job drop Erika an e-mail. If she is not in the area that you are looking for I am sure that she can point you in the right direction and get you connected to the right people.

 

The recent bad news from Wall Street may have you worried about the job market.

If so, you’re not alone.

You need to do more things right to find employment these days, especially if you’re in banking, finance, or a related field.

So, if you suddenly find yourself looking for work, or if your search is taking longer than planned, the following four tips will help, whether your goal is a job on Wall Street or Main Street …

  1. Know Thy Skills

    The first thing to do if you’re laid off or let go is to recognize that your skills and smarts haven’t changed just because your company is going through tough times. That’s according to John Benson, Founder & CEO of eFinancialCareers.com.

    “Losing a job is traumatic, and it’s important to step back and make an assessment of your skills and weaknesses, and examine where you are in your career.”

    Write this all down on paper, because writing clarifies your thinking. After that, “show your list to a friend or colleague who can be objective enough to challenge your assumptions,” advises Benson.

    Bonus: Every career-related conversation you have is a networking conversation … which can turn into a job lead. So choose your confidants carefully for this exercise.

  2. Consider All Options

    After analyzing your professional skills, it can help to take another look at temporary or contract positions.

    While it may be tempting to wait for your ideal job to pop up, it can be faster to find an ideal employer first, then prove yourself in a contract position that leads to a permanent role, according to Jennifer Kleven, Practice Director for Accounting & Finance at the Minneapolis office of recruiting and staffing firm Mergis.

    “There are temporary and contract positions in all fields, from entry level and up. I have seen a number of people get their foot in the door and later become managers with employers,” she says.

    To move up from temp to perm in today’s job market, you should offer employers relevant skills, a good attitude and an even better work ethic. “Companies tend not to let people like that go,” says Kleven.

  3. Differentiate or Dole

    Perhaps the biggest mistake job seekers make is a failure to differentiate themselves from the crowd, according to Benson. “Employers want to know that you have thought long and hard about wanting to work for them.”

    In many cases, the first exposure you have to hiring managers is your cover letter. And sending out a formulaic letter won’t help your cause.

    “Write a personalized cover letter in which you explain why you are a good match for the company and how you will bring value,” says Benson.

    This is essential — get the letter wrong, and many employers won’t even look at your resume.

  4. Network — Always and Everywhere

    In the end, it’s a person who will hire you for the job you want. And people are everywhere. Logically, then, job leads are everywhere, too.

    That’s why your networking radar must be turned on every moment of every day. Even when commuting. “I’ve seen people network while riding the bus. It was as simple as asking the other person, ‘What do you do?'” says Kleven.

So, the next time you’re seated next to a successful-looking person on a train, or in a coffee shop, why not strike up a conversation and ask about their profession?

The worst that can happen is … nothing. But, if you open enough networking dialogues, you’re bound to turn one into an interview later, which can lead to a job.

Tip: Need an excuse to start a networking conversation? Use me! Here’s how …

Walk up to someone you’d like to meet (professionally, of course) and say: “I read an article by Kevin Donlin in the Net-Temps CrossRoads newsletter. He said you can meet almost anyone just by asking what they do. So, do you mind if I ask you what you do for a living?”

Why not try it and see?

Kevin Donlin is Creator of TheSimpleJobSearch.com. Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. Author of 3 books, Kevin has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, CBS Radio and others. His latest product isThe Simple Job Search System.

The Simple Job Search System.

copyright (c) 2008 by Kevin Donlin

Comments
  1. Samantha Burgess says:

    Good advice Chris. Despite the layoff news I see all day now, I still find thousands of high paying jobs posted on employment sites –

    http://www.linkedin.com (networking for professionals)
    http://www.simplyhired.com (aggregated listings)
    http://www.realmatch.com (jobs matched to your skills)

    Good luck to those that need jobs!

  2. chrisshaw says:

    Samantha,

    Thanks for the comments. I agree with you. There does appear to be a number of good jobs out there. I just saw on the news tonight that It was up 4% in Tucson AZ(Where I happen to be tonight). In addition to the sites that you have mentioned I would also look at Dice.Com and Monster.com. I am on linked in and I love the site. (http://www.linkedin.com/in/christophershaw) I hope to see more companies use it to find people. Thanks again for your comments.

    Chris

  3. The power of your mind can attract to you the job or work that you desire, provided of course that you have the proper qualifications. Having a job or being unemployed is dependent on the thoughts you think.

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