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So, it’s 2014. How’s your job search going? If you are unemployed, or are looking for a career change, you are in good company … millions of others are in the same boat. Which is all the more reason to take a hard look at your job search skills and revamp your efforts.
Your peers are often just as important to your career advancement as senior management. They are the folks that can open doors in new positions or new organizations.
Get a leg up on the competition, and most importantly, find the best opportunities to further your marketing career, with these tips, suggested by author Mary Gay Townsend in 7 Tips to Revamp your Job Search for 2014.
The job hunt can be frustrating. You post your resumes, you go on interviews and if you are lucky you land a position. But maybe you are finding that your resumes aren’t getting a nibble or maybe your interviews aren’t landing you callbacks or, more importantly, the job.
What’s going on? Maybe you didn’t treat yourself like a business. In other words, you didn’t build your brand.
Building yourself into a brand is an important step in the process of finding a job.
Last summer, I found myself in a dilemma to make a decision. Amidst my struggle to find fulfillment from the various jobs, I was offered a regular salary and benefits kind of job. Being offered any type of employment after a particularly long dry spell was fantastic, but I was hung up on the fact that it wasn’t how I pictured it — the pay wasn’t great and the industry was one I never thought I’d be in.
I was faced with an important decision: Do I accept the new position and a chance at a little security, or continue searching for something different, something that fit the long laundry list of must-haves I had concocted for my professional life?
Besides everything else, I was most terrified about accepting a position that I wouldn’t be happy in. In fact, a fear of not being happy was a place I operated from often, one I knew had succeeded in keeping me from trying new things.
Originally, when I had applied for a position, it was simply to feel like I was moving forward and putting myself out there — I honestly never thought I would get it. With the offer was on the table I was forced to make an important decision.
Here are the five keys I followed in order to decide what my next step might be.
In every job, you eventually find yourself having to make a decision about your future, and these five keys can be handy to follow…
Good advice for mastering your next job interview:
Congratulate yourself if you’ve been invited to a job interview. It means your resume is doing what it’s supposed to do and represents a series of wins that put you in the top 10% of the pack. But don’t get too comfortable. You are now entering the real competition. Take a walk through these interview preparation tips and then get cracking. You’ve got a job to win.
Make sure you carefully record details such as the exact location of the interview and the name and title of the person you’ll meet. Figure out your driving or public transit route in advance and add in extra time for unexpected delays. If you’re driving to a downtown location, give yourself additional time to park and arrive at the interview location. If necessary, time it by doing a dry run–just make sure you do it at the same time of day as your interview.
Interesting post from Sean Rose on Finding Fulfilling work..
People often think of job satisfaction as a spectrum, with happiness on one end and unhappiness on the other:
In this view, how happy one will be at a job can be determined by “adding up” all of the tangibles (salary, benefits, workplace environment, etc) of that particular position and seeing how far they collectively move the needle on the spectrum. Because it’s cumulative, the lack of certain elements (like a good manager, for example) can be compensated for by increases in other elements (more salary, better perks). It makes for a mostly intuitive linear formula. And we know that the absence of things like an adequate salary, generous benefits, a respectable title, and so on are known to cause unhappiness, so it’s only logical to look for a surplus of those things to bring happiness… right?
I often find myself rolling my eyes or getting a little sick to my stomach when I see people with bios that say “dreamer”, “I play big”, “I dream big”, or “I help people fulfill their dreams”. Over the years I’ve grown more in favor of people that work hard and consistently ship great work, as opposed to people that just talk big.
My view of the world has become more “practical” the older that I get.
That being said, I find myself “thinking big” again. I think about people like Richard Branson or Elon Musk and say to myself, “well, somebody has to do it”.
The worldview that we’ve been trained to have is one that says we’re to follow the rules, be good at one thing, and find our place in the assembly line. (Don’t think for a minute that a desk job isn’t part of an assembly line as well.)
It’s easy to say that within the past few years, the majority of the population has been affected by mass layoffs in one way or another. Whether you’ve been asked to pack your bags or you’ve seen how losing a job has adversely affected a friend or family member, it’s a tough situation to handle.
A few weeks ago I was in the midst of the layoff pandemonium as I watched coworkers clean off their desks and begin a frantic search for employment elsewhere. While I wasn’t the one laid off, I immediately went into panic mode, revamping my resume and crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t be blindsided sometime in the near future.
Then, after calming down a bit, I found myself hysterical again when another coworker filled me in on gossip she had heard around the office about more cutbacks. For me, and for most people dealing with this situation, it’s an adrenaline-filled roller coaster of emotion.
Since the layoff epidemic has been so widespread, there are often whispers of cut backs ahead of time — which can be helpful or hurtful depending on how you look at it.
If you’re in the midst of dealing with a lack of job security, here are a few ways you can navigate the situation without losing your sanity.
I wanted to share this post, because I’ve been through a few lay offs myself over the years, as well as watching as co-workers got laid off and I somehow managed to survive.
Fresh out of college, at my first job, I showed up at my office in a pink sweatsuit. It was a marketing firm, where the casual dress code was pretty liberal, but this was a downright horrible choice.
After receiving some feedback on my outfit, I never pulled that sweatsuit out again, and fully realized the power of personal image.
You may never make the same “dressing for success” mistakes that I made, but ever wonder why some people look so poised and powerful in their work attire? Strolling through the office, their appearance is impeccable and people respect them.
Regardless of rank, looking like an office leader is well within you capabilities. In fact, it’s downright easy.
I wanted to share this article as they make some good points for dressing the part for the job…
If you’ve put effort in your CV/resume and you’re confident with your qualifications, chances are you’ll soon receive calls from your targeted companies to come in for a face-to-face interview. Normally a candidate is selected for an interview session is because one of these factors got the attention of recruiters: the right degree or professional background, your impressive portfolio, your valuable working experience or just asking for the right salary range.
So you’ve at least one good reason which qualified you for a few minutes with your potential employer. It’s a golden opportunity which takes you one step closer to your dream job, and we bet you don’t want to ruin the chance. Are you willing to walk the extra mile to ace the interview andget the job?
Here’s an inside scoop on how to get the job, from the interviewer’s point of view.
Interesting reading for anyone looking for tips to ace their upcoming job interview..
During a difficult job search you may find yourself considering a commute. Before taking a far-off job there are questions to carefully consider before committing to a big commute that will cost you time and money.
That said, remember that if you live in metro area, a willingness to commute may open up a variety of great job opportunities.
Once you determine a good travel distance, evaluate potential commutes with the following criteria..
I’ve worked a few jobs that required commuting, so this post was one I wanted to share as you consider for yourself if a job commute is worthwhile.