Job-Search Success Starts by Following A Proven,
Time-Tested Job Search Process
Many job seekers find the job search process
to be time-consuming, cumbersome and at times, frustrating. After
creating a resume and cover letter, the primary activities many
job-seekers conduct are to read ads in the Sunday paper, send out
resumes and hope for the best. Know this, these people are missing
out on 75% of potential employment opportunities.
Most people know, at least to some extent,
that they must sell themselves to get the job they want. But with
little training on how to do this, the job seeker's frustration
It's no wonder so many people experience
job search frustration. They don't know how to really make the job
search work for them, let alone how to learn a proven, step-by-step
process that'll increase their changes of landing a higher paying
job by as much as 400%.
Searching for a new job is a process with
defined, specific steps. Following all of these steps and integrating
knowledge from individuals who know what works, will significantly
increase your chances of landing a higher paying job.
These steps go above and beyond simply
finding available openings, sending a resume, and waiting for the
phone to ring. These steps force you to be proactive, allowing you
to have full participation each step of the way so you know that
you're responsible and in-charge of the process from beginning to
This job search process is time-tested
and proven to work for virtually anyone seeking employment. This
process will work no matter where you're located or what the current
status of the job market is. Following the process allows you to
change and adapt as market conditions change.
This process also allows you to know what
you really want in a job, so you'll devote the majority of your
time to the job-search process.
Finally, this process gives you proven
ability to sell yourself, which is the most important skill to have
when looking for employment.
This process has five simple steps:
1. Conduct your own a self-assessment.
To know what you should be looking for,
you have to know what you want to find. What is the end result you
want to achieve?
It's tempting to take a job, any job, when
you're out of work or looking to leave an unsatisfactory job situation,
but this will only lead to frustration and disappointment if you
don't find a job you really enjoy.
Many job-seekers start with a job description
of something they'd like to do, but this often limits their options
and doesn't effectively describe what they truly want or have to
offer to a potential employer.
Ask yourself what your interests, skills,
and values are, and write them down on paper. Also, ask yourself
how you work best and what is the ideal working environment for
Your interests, values, and self-awareness
will help you determine what kind of work you'll be most inclined
to do and what you can provide to an employer utilizing your skills
It's important to focus on what you have
to offer. What is your value proposition to the employer? Tailor
your value proposition to the employer in every form of communication
2. Research the targeted job market.
Now that you know what you'd like to do,
you'll need to find out where you can do it. Looking online via
resume posting sites or though an online a search engine can help.
However, that's not enough to help you
accelerate the job search process. Look into companies you've been
previously interested in to see if they have jobs matching what
you're looking for. Also, ask people who work in the field you're
interested in how they got their jobs.
Once you have a list of companies, you
can also conduct informational interviews. These will allow you
to ask all of the questions you want about the company and the position(s)
You can also look into internships or job
shadowing so that you can get a real feel for the job that you're
3. Learn how to honestly sell yourself.
You'll need to prepare the materials that'll
help you sell yourself to potential employers. This is more than
just a resume. Smart job seekers will also create personalized cover
letters, letters of inquiry, and follow-up, acceptance response,
rejection response and thank you letters.
Consider making business or contact cards
to give out when you network. Finally, you'll want to compile everything
that demonstrates what you've done (regardless of experience) into
a career portfolio. This can include work-related references, college
transcripts, copies of all awards, honors, degrees, certifications
and any media coverage you've received. If you have any samples
of your work (for any technical job), be sure to include these in
Next, you'll want to put your name out
there. Whether or not the companies you're interested in have advertised
employment opportunities, find out who has the authority to hire
you. Send them a letter of intent; you have nothing to lose and
everything to gain.
This can serve as a letter of application
if offers of employment become available in the future. You can
use that initial letter of intent as a front-end piece to inform
the employer you've proactively sought out employment with them
prior to the employment opportunity being made public. Remember,
you're selling yourself, so let the employer know how you can be
of value to them before anyone else has a chance. You'll increase
your chances of getting the interview by over 400%.
4. Interview for the job and continue the
When you receive a call for an interview,
you're that much closer to a job, despite not having the job offer.
Remember, you still need to sell yourself. Besides being dressed
well you'll need to be thoroughly prepared.Conduct a practice interview
before the interview and be prepared for trick questions. Also,
have your career portfolio ready, as well as a list of questions
to ask the interviewer. You may be desperate for a job, but remember,
the employer is interested in how you'll benefit the company; answer
Also remember that the interview is a two-way
communication process. Interviewers are not only determining if
you'll be a good fit for their company, but you should determine
if their company will be a good fit for you.
As mentioned earlier, after the interview
collect contact information and send out at least one thank you
letter the same day following the interview.
5. Follow up.
Following up on a job interview will demonstrate
your sincere interest in the employment opportunity to the employer.
Ask smart questions. Find out when you should expect to hear from
them. If that time passes without contact, call them and make a
polite inquiry as to when they will give you a decision. If no timeframe
was given to you, let a week pass, then make the call. You don't
want to be pushy, but you do want to be persistent.
If you find that you were not hired for
the job, send them another thank you letter thanking them for considering
your application. Express your interest in working for them, and
again, highlight your value proposition to them. This simple follow
up strategy may get you a job in the future.
If you need help on how to implement this
strategy for maximum effectiveness, please contact us.