The internet is full of “never fail – guaranteed to work” tips and strategies designed to help you get that dream job. Goodness knows I share plenty of them with you here and in the webinars.
Point is, in job search, these techniques are only part of the equation. In fact, I will go so far as to say they are the easy part. The hard part is coming up with the plan for when and where to deploy them, and developing the spirit and commitment to carry them out in real life situations.
A great resume and cover letter will do you no good, if you only send it to the one job posting you find on the internet, while neglecting the 30 other companies who could use your skill set. Having 300 LinkedIn connections means nothing if you don’t reach out to them in a meaningful way. Posting your CV all over the place puts you in the position of having to wait for someone else to get off dead center.
The key is to have a plan. The bigger key is to work the plan, but even before that, you must first be organized. This is where most of us fail. We do one or two things half heartedly, it doesn’t work, then kill our momentum by saying “there is nothing else I can do.” Lather, rinse repeat.
This is what I would like you guys to do. Sit down and think, “what companies and/or organizations could use me?” “what companies and / or organizations are doing work I could contribute to?” Then list them. This will take time, but you must make this investment.
Next, make a note of “why” they resonate with you, or why they should know who you are.
Next, research who within those companies run the departments you would be a fit for. (HINT: it isn’t human resources) then take note of any and all methods of contact, such as email, phone or LinkedIn profile.
What you now have before you is your plan. Your job search roadmap, if you will. Also bear in mind, I did not say to research only companies that are hiring. I said, research all the companies that can hire you. See the difference?
The importance of having a plan is now your feelings are out of the picture. You work the plan. You are now energized because you have a path. If you had a bad interview, or no response, you keep working the plan.
Again – job searches fail because people skip this step. So put the effort in and it will pay dividends.
Until next time, I wish you all the best.
Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach, teaching their proven methodology to private clients in all fields and disciplines. – I will teach you to apply the methodology to YOUR specific situation. Find me at linkedin.com/in/patrickinternational
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