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Top 10 Tips On How To Find A Job 2012

Ok…here is my best shot at the most important tips on how to find a job in 2012:

1. Know Thyself – understand what you are looking for in your next job BEFORE you start searching.  You don’t have to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life.  Pick one direction, plan it out and stick with it.

2. Don’t get bogged down by social media stuff – I hear a lot of buzz around should I use Twitter or Facebook to find a job?  What is LinkedIn and how can I find a job with it?  If you don’t understand these tools don’t waste your time on them until you do.  Don’t let them be a distraction to your job search thinking they are the “magic bullet”.  They can help but they are not for everyone.  A successful job search means you connect with hiring managers and they want you.  Social media tools can help these interactions get started but I have also seen people spend so much time trying to make it work for them they miss great opportunities.  Don’t go down this “rabbit hole” if you get easily distracted.

3. Be genuine.  Be yourself – whether you are meeting someone to help you with your job search or a potential employer, don’t oversell yourself and your accomplishments.  You are who you are.  We like you as you are.  Don’t be someone or something you are not.  You have gifts and talents just like everyone else and you deserve what you are looking for.  Focus your efforts on who you are not who you want others to think you are.

4. Be a dream seeker - it is ok to be looking for the dream job or the right situation for your next job.  Dreaming and seeing those dreams become reality is such a wonderful experience, everyone should be striving for it.  I am a big proponent of you trying to find an opportunity that is over your head or out of your comfort zone.  “Stretch jobs” can be one of the most exciting times in your working life.  There are so many companies and so many types of hiring manager.  Look for the ones who believe in your and willing to give you a shot at your dream.  They are out there.  You just need to find one.

5. Your attitude is everything – I can’t tell you how important your attitude is.  Be happy, optimistic and positive no matter what is going on around you.  It will seep into your conversations and make your presentations most fruitful.  A bad attitude will do the same but sour your chances.

6. Don’t be too proud – being too proud is actually a form of fear.  Pride forces you to not let others into your life.  Pride puts up walls that might not be able to be seen by the other person but are felt at a deeper level.  Try “humbleness” on for size and see how it feels.  It is actually very comfortable and opens more doors.

7. Don’t give “canned” ANYTHING – no canned responses, no canned resumes, no canned cover letters, and no canned tuna (jk on the tuna).  If you look or act or sound like everyone else you are going to be perceived to be like everyone else…B-O-R-I-N-G.  Don’t be boring.  Instead be bold in order to stand out in someone’s mind.  Don’t be cocky but be bold and look for ways to make an impression.

8. The details will kill you – if you have never heard the old saying about the “devil in the details” you might want to think about this one.  Spending your time on making sure your resume doesn’t have errors or your “elevator pitch” sounds comfortable or whatever you are doing is done well, is very important.  Employers don’t want people who can churn out calls or data, they want people who take pride in their work (and maybe churn out the calls and data).  Make sure you are taking the necessary time to proof your work.

9. Slow down – if you are always feeling like you are rushing to get that resume to that lady or hurry up and push out that blog post or trying to hurry through coffee with a friend because your “schedule” is waiting, then slow down.  Slowing down allows you to focus on one project at a time and pour your whole self into it.  That means being a little flexible with your schedule and not putting so many deadlines on your time.  Have a plan but give it room to breath and take shape.

10. Have fun – now this one can be taken the wrong way if I am not careful.  I don’t want you to think of your job search as a party, necessarily.  I do want you to be excited about what direction your next job is going to take you in.  Thinking about the excitement for what is next in your working life can really get you pumped up.  Finding a job is no easy task most of the time, you might as well try to find ways to make it fun.  Adding a little fun to the work can make the work not seem so difficult.

I love the 10 tips here and hope you do too.

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What Do You Need?

It is a new year for you and me.  I have been writing this blog for over four years now.  I just realized one very important thing.  I have never asked you what you need.  I have never asked you to let me know what interests you right now, where you are.

So this is not really a post but more of a question to find out what is the one thing you need right now in your job search?  Now maybe your first answer is:  “A job” which is a good one.  I think that one is obvious…hopefully.  Dig just a little deeper and tell me what you need right now in your job or your job search.  If you need help with your search, what specific help do you need?  If you need support in your search, what specific type of support do you need?  What one thing is dragging you down where you can’t figure out what to do next?

Think about it and let me know.  All job seekers are welcome.  You can comment here or send an email to me at:  jeffonjobs at gmail dot com.  I will respond (or not if you prefer) to each message I receive.  I want to hear from you.

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Follow-Up With A Smile

I hate it when people leave me a message on my voice mail that I need to call them to talk and then NEVER call back.  Have you ever had someone do this to you?  I am sure you have.  It is then your responsibility to call them back after they had something they wanted to say or tell you.  Let’s get something straight…it is their responsibility to get back to you and NOT yours.

Now that I got that frustration out, I want to use this as an example of how to “follow-up” with someone during your job search.  The first thing to get straight is YOU are responsible to follow-up with whoever it is.  It might be after an interview or with a friend who has passed your resume on or any other communication.  You and only you are responsible for the follow-up.  It is your job search and your butt on the line.  You make sure you are the one who follows up.

I suggest you NEVER wait to hear from anyone, anytime during your job search.  I don’t care if it is a cover letter you are sending out or a call you need to make.  You and only you should make yourself available to contact them.  Many times people hesitate to “follow-up” because they don’t want to make someone mad or frustrated.  Yes this can happen but many times it doesn’t because most people don’t do the follow-up calls.

Never leave a message to have someone else call you back.  Never state in a letter, “I look forward to hearing from you”.  Never put the pressure on them to get back to you.  Make it easy for them to speak with you by suggesting a day or time to talk or asking them if you could call at a certain time.

It’s your job search.  Own it…all of it!

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Poop Or Get Off The Pot

This is for all the procrastinations out there.  Stop wasting time in a dead-end job.  Get yourself out there.  Meet people.  Talk about what you want to do when you grow up.  Get noticed.  Sell yourself more.  Ask good questions.

Find a new job, today.  Stop waiting and start moving.  I love this law of physics (and of job searching):  “A body at rest stays at rest.  A body in motion stays in motion unless acted upon.”

Act upon yourself today.

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Job Search Make You Laugh

I thought I would post some comics I pilfered off Google Images.  Sorry to those who did the original work but thanks for sharing. 

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Glimmers Of Hope

Glimmers of hope are fantastic.  The call from a recruiter or hiring manager.  The friend who says they will take your resume into the company and see what they can do.  The job posting you find that is EXACTLY what you want to do.  All these glimmers of hope are fantastic.  They get us jazzed about our job search and propel us forward; or do they?  Do you propel forward when you start to see glimmers of hope?

Most people get excited about the small wins.  The “relief” valve on their brain lets out a little more pressure that has been built up.  A small sigh of relief is felt and there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Most people don’t propel forward when they see a glimmer of hope.  Instead you grab onto it like it is your last chance opportunity.  You grasp it so tightly in your hands you find yourself dreaming about the opportunity both day and night.

The optimist would say this is a great opportunity.  And it is.  The pessimist would say it is no big deal and these things typically don’t work out.  The realist would say:  “Excellent!  Now let’s go get some more” and keep moving forward with finding another one and another one.  Having one glimmer of hope is nice.  Having three is great.  And having 10 ideal. 

Don’t let one glimmer of hope slow you down.  If you focus on this one you will lose track of your goals.  If you find three or 10, you will be able to make better decisions because you will eventually be able to weigh your options.  Weighing your options is better than deciding if this particular glimmer of hope is the right one or not.  Don’t slow down your search.  Speed it up.

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Blinders Are On

Do you know why blinders were used in history?  Blinders are things that were used to shield the eyes of animals or people from something they don’t need to see.  Are there things in your life you don’t need to see?  Are there distractions in your life you wish you didn’t have?

Time to put your blinders on.  Distractions are anything, I mean ANYTHING, that gets in your way of doing what you need to do.  Get rid of your distractions and put your blinders on when you are working on a resume or cover letter or making calls or whatever job search activity you are doing.

Blinders will filter out what you don’t need to see while you are staying focused.  Don’t allow distractions to derail your job search, ever.

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Tired Of Excuses

No more excuses from anyone about not being able to find a job.  Excuses are lame.  Excuses are wrong.  Excuses are ways to avoid what you don’t want to do. 

STOP MAKING EXCUSES.  Do I make myself clear?

Please think about this concept a little before you think I am just frustrated or irritated with you.  I am not.  I just want you to wake up from your woe is me slumber and get mad, serious or angry.  Once you grab hold of one of those emotions, you will win at this job search thing.

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Goodbye 2010

Hello 2011…welcome.  What did you wish you did last year with your career?  Wish you had started looking sooner?  Wish you could try something new in 2011.  Do it.  Gor for it.  Get it done. 

You are not behind.  You didn’t miss your opportunity.  2011 should be a year of OPENED EYES.  Open your eyes.  Take a few more chances.  Live a little more and go after what you want. 

2011 is your year.  Start right now!

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Always Send A Cover Letter

No matter what you are doing with your resume, you should always introduce yourself with a cover letter or cover note.  I don’t always like to call it a letter because some people freak out at writing a letter.  Don’t freak out.  If you are vocabulary challenged, then get some help or have someone you know who is a decent writer look at it for you. 

A cover note/letter can help set the stage for your resume and you.  It can be simple but don’t make it boring.  Boring cover letters give the perception you might be boring.  Spice it up just a little or take a slight deviation from the “normal” cover letter to get noticed.  You can do it. 

And don’t use the same letter for everything.  A similar format is fine but not a carbon copy.

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