Guide for Lifetime Career Navigation. You will find everything that has anything to do with getting your job search started on the right foot, keeping your search momentum and even ideas for your success as a solopreneur or small business! Blog by Hannah Morgan.
The cover letter isn’t dead yet. So when you do write one, be sure to eliminate these phrases! One way to stand out and have success in landing an interview is by going above and beyond to show your interest in company and job through your cover letter. Don’t take shortcuts!
Are you having success with LinkedIn? Simply having a LinkedIn profile isn’t enough. Engagement is the magic to getting good leads. The tips and advice in this article are written for businesses but they apply to job seekers too! Engaging with people on LinkedIn will help build brand awareness and trust (when done appropriately).
If you plan on looking for a new job in 2019, then you’ll want to pay attention to the tips from these 31 career pros! They’ll help you launch and execute an effective 2019 job search.
You don’t have time to learn how to job search by trial and error.
That’s why I tapped these career professionals and asked for their top job search tips (and favorite resources).
They live and breathe job search. Every day they are coaching job seekers, writing LinkedIn profiles and teaching interview strategies. These folks have seen and heard it all. That’s why their advice is so valuable.
As you read through these tips and see their favorite resources, I hope you will gain a new perspective on what it takes to land a new job.
There’s no true shortcut to securing a new job, but you won’t find a better source of information to guide your strategic activities during your search for a new job.
Note: Always make the extra effort. Whether it’s tailoring your resume for a job or sending a thank you message after an interview…the extra work you invest shows your interest and professionalism. Most importantly, it helps you stand out.
Do the activities that will help you uncover the unpublished job openings where fewer applicants apply. Reach out to hiring managers directly with a powerful resume that will inspire them to create a great position around your skills.
Adrienne Tom | Career ImpressionsIdentify your ideal job target before commencing a search.
If you don’t know what your ideal job looks like you won’t know how to find it or execute a clear strategy with well-aligned tools (resume, LinkedIn profile, etc.).
Start by identifying the job title and work requirements that interest you.
Consider the type of work environment you perform best in (team-based, independent, or a combination of both). Ponder preferred company size, industry, culture, location, and structure. Now create a target list of companies that align with these requirements and start researching opportunities.
If opportunities don’t yet exist, strategize on how to create them. Leverage your network and the power of internal referrals to support your search execution. Let people know who you are, the value you have to offer, and exactly what you are looking for. Aim to make contact with decision-makers.
Finally, develop strong, relevant career tools that speak to, and address, the pain points of your ideal job and unique audience.
These combined efforts will prevent you from spinning your wheels and relying on an outdated ‘spray and pray’ job search approach. Targeted efforts are what will increase job search success in 2019.
Sandra Long | Post Road Consulting LLC
Employee referral is the best way to get hired.
Focus on all the different ways you can connect into these employees. For example, find alumni from your school who work at your target employers by using LinkedIn search. Reach out to them to ask for insights about the company. Your conversation may result in a referral to the hiring manager.
Favorite resource: The LinkedIn Page for YOUR university. Click on Alumni tab and use the filters to find alumni based on employer, geography, industry, and function.
A successful job search requires a strong leadership resume, interview strategy, LinkedIn Profile, and networking activity, and you’ll get better results if you’re not trying to execute it last-minute! Assess your competitive strengths, document career wins, and build a potent social media profile, then strategically reach out to desirable contacts using job clubs, direct employer contact, and regular LinkedIn activity for greater visibility. Use the tips provided through Job-Hunt.org if you’re unsure where to start.
I’ve learned that one of the most important things to have in your job search is hope. I’ve met with countless job seekers over the last 12+ years and while many put on a good face, once we talk a bit it isn’t too hard to learn that many people have lost hope… that they’ll land a job, that they’ll be happy in a job they land, that getting a job is “the answer,” etc.
Without even talking about discrimination or new-fangled ways of getting a job today, the big question is “will what I do matter? Will it be meaningful?” Add that to “how long will my next job last” and you have a lot of people who are not as hopeful as they once were.
I learned from the late Dick Bolles that hope comes from choices. When we have choices and options, we can have hope.
My hope came through entrepreneurship, yours might come from a change in industry or profession, or a new financial situation (downsizing, so you don’t need to make more at a job you hate but can make less at a job you love), etc.
I recently got laid off from The Best Job In The World, but during the layoff all I could think about was my other income streams. I had other options, and I had plenty of hope. It is my desire that you can find hope for yourself and your career in 2019 through choices and options!
Favorite Resource:JibberJobber.com (JibberJobber is an online app to help you organize and track your job search and relationships. It is a great tool during the job search, and the right tool for career management.)
And to wait until you find the right one for you! It’s the best job market that we’ve seen in an entire generation. Start looking, but don’t take the first thing that’s offered to you. It’s a job seeker’s market!
Favorite Resource: I really love the Workforce Report that LinkedIn shares each month. They identify gaps in skills, and often highlight areas of the country where certain skills are lacking. This is a great report to reference if you’re open to changing your geographic location. Here’s the latest report.
In 2018 there were many more job openings in the US than workers to fill the jobs, making it a ‘buyers market.’ This welcome news for job seekers will continue into 2019 and possibly for decades, due to big demographic changes. The Baby Boomer generation is filtering out of the workforce and the birth rate has reached a 30-year low. The birth-rate is now below the level needed to replace current retirees.
This means that willing workers with current skills who conduct an up-to-date job search will find it easier and easier to get and keep jobs.
Social proof is an excellent endorsement for the quality of the work you do. Ask for short quotes or testimonials from your network, former bosses, or take an excerpt from one of your LinkedIn profile recommendations.
Avoid ambiguous testimonials like “John is a great guy. We really value the work he did for us.” Instead, select a recommendation that’s specific: “John always takes the time and goes the extra mile for his clients. Because of his exceptional client care, he secured a $2M contract with a previously competitor-aligned company.”
Using a short quote is a great way to boast about yourself without coming off arrogant or prideful. Which is wonderful for those who are uncomfortable boasting about their wins. It also provides the much-needed proof and validation that employers are so hungry for.
Chris Russell | JobfairingPut some creativity in your application.
When applying to a job online I recommend including a creative cover letter that shows you took the time to write by giving that employer your top 5 reasons why they should hire you. I actually create a graphical image that includes the company logo and an avatar of myself in order to stand out.
Jenny Foss | JobJennyDon’t try to talk to everyone.
You’ll dilute the strength of your message across every single channel. Instead, narrow your target audience as much as you can. This tends to really scare people. They fear that they’ll miss out on an opportunity if they don’t leave all avenues open. But the problem with trying to target too many jobs or industries at once is that you make your efforts nearly impossible.
My campaign for 2019 is to encourage women to stay in touch with the job market on an ongoing basis, which they tend to do less than their male colleagues. This puts them at a competitive disadvantage which makes them reactive rather than proactive and then more vulnerable in crisis situations.
Jacob Share | JobMobKnow what (and where) there’s demand.
For best results in your 2019 job search, check where there’s the most demand for your skills and go there, physically or virtually. High demand jobs lead to companies who are desperate to hire and willing to do more to get you on board.
In some industries and geographic locations, demand is so high, companies will even train you in the few skills you don’t have as long as you have others they need. For example, the blockchain industry has been exploding the past few years, and while most of the jobs created are for tech people, there are many related jobs that are needed to fill out those growing companies.
Recent research by Lever, a recruiter marketing firm, found that you have a 1:152 chance of getting a job when you apply through an ATS. By comparison, you have a 1:16 chance of getting a job when someone refers you to your target company. Make 2019 the year you make the effort to get referred to jobs!
Sarah Johnston | Briefcase CoachIf you have interviews coming up, it’s always a good idea to practice.
It’s impossible to perfectly predict what you’ll be asked, but you can anticipate themes (like: teamwork, organization, stress, diversity, difficult person, customer service, etc.) and prepare example stories that you can adapt depending on the wording of the question. It’s also a good idea to practice questions like “Tell me about yourself” or “greatest strengths/weakness” that have a high probability of being asked. Time spent practicing for an interview is never wasted time. You may only get one chance to interview for a dream opportunity.
Favorite Resource:Hunter.io is one of my favorite websites for research. If you find a decision maker on Linkedin and you are unable to find their e-mail address, Hunter is a great place to start. The site can also verify e-mail addresses.
While this has always been important, I’m amazed at the number of recruiters that tell me how unprepared candidates are for the interview. (i.e. don’t know what the company does, have no questions prepared, etc.)
Robin Ryan, Career Counselor | RobinRyanDo this before your job interview.
Create some work examples of how you excel at your job. Be very specific. Outline where you were working, the skills you were using i.e. project management or leadership ability, state what you did and note the outcome or results of your efforts. These examples answer the situational questions many employers ask, but they can also answer some general questions and make it clearer to the employer how effective you are at performing the job. Write these work examples answers out and rehearse them. Then try them out on a friend. Get feedback. Perfect the answer before your interview.
I’ve heard repeatedly from clients that about 6 years ago the job search changed. You could no longer post a résumé to job boards or even count on your old network. With over 87% of recruiters on LinkedIn, having a strong LinkedIn profile is critical.
Because it’s a new year, don’t you owe it to yourself to get a new job? These 13 tips will get you started on your way!
It doesn’t matter if you are considering a transition inside your company or a move to a new company. There are tried and true steps you should take to kick off the new year and get your career moving in the right direction.
Know What You Want
When you know what is most important to you, it helps to identify your next move.
Take time to re-evaluate and write down your values, the skills you most enjoy using, the successes you’ve had and what you want to do next.
Next, begin reviewing job postings to see if you have the skills and experience necessary for the positions you’re interested in. You may not have everything, few do, but if you have more than 60 percent of the requirements, you’re in good shape.
Is It Really A Promotion You Are Interested In?
Assess the potential for movement within your company by evaluating these questions?
Do people move around within the company?
How long has your manager been in his/her position?
Does your manager have changes planned in the new year?
How did the last person (who was promoted) get from job A to job B?
Meet The Right People
If you don’t already know decision-makers in your company, now is a good time to meet them, either formally or informally. Also, meet with people who hold the job you are interested in so you can learn about what it takes to succeed in the role.
These informational meetings will help you identify any gaps in skills or knowledge plus you now have a connection to someone who can serve as an advocate.
It’s up to you to keep in touch with all these people throughout the coming months so they’ll keep you in mind for new opportunities that may develop.
Gain Some Good PR
You will need some good publicity in order to position yourself for a promotion or move outside your company. Merely doing your job isn’t good enough. The right people have to know about the work you’ve done.
The person who got the promotion wasn’t necessarily the most qualified. So what was the secret?
The person who won the promotion had an advocate, was well-liked, had a track record of success or was better at selling their abilities.
Let your manager know about your success throughout the year, but don’t rely on them to be your only advocate. Enlist the help of other people you’ve met and engage in some healthy self-promotion.
Also be sure to look outside your organization for opportunities to talk or present at industry events, write articles, speak on panels, get interviewed on a podcast or start your own blog or community.
Be Ready When It’s Time To Leave
If you determine that movement within your current company is nonexistent or very slow, you may need to begin exploring options with competitors or companies that do similar work.
To start that process, make a list of companies that could potentially hire you for the role you are interested in. Then look for events where you can network with employees from these companies.
Also watch for news about new contracts, buyouts, mergers and promotions. These changes can mean potential new opportunities for you.
Update LinkedIn, Resume & Pitch
With your new goals defined, update your LinkedIn profile, resume and pitch and align them with your desired new role. All three of these need to include the same message.
You want to make sure to highlight the keywords mentioned in the job descriptions you read. Pay special attention to processes and procedures, technology and other hard skills that recruiters will search for.
Become A Specialist
Learn everything you possibly can about your ideal job. Your mission is to become a subject matter expert or specialist.
Allocate time to:
Regularly read industry publications and news related to your area of interest.
Attend industry conferences, Meetups and other events that give you access to industry experts
Find out how people in this industry/role keep up with trends
While most workers (61%) were satisfied with their current jobs, over 80% were open to new job opportunities, according to the survey.
This highlights one of the most important career management principles:
Always be searching for your next great job.
When you become complacent or rely on your current employer to look out for your best interests, you are likely to miss out on opportunities.
Of course, being on the lookout for a new job takes time and effort, but you can work smarter by following the strategies used by successful job seekers.
Use The Power of Human Search Agents
Wouldn’t you love to have hundreds of people helping you source your new job? It’s called networking.
Credit: Jobvite 2018 Job Seeker Source
Jobvite reports that 49% of job seekers turn to friends for help identifying jobs and 35% tap professional connections.
The takeaway is: If you tap your network and do it well, you’ll stand out from the vast majority of job seekers who aren’t networking.
Quick networking tips.
Make a list of everyone you know so you can systematically reach out and keep track of when you contacted each person. Tell your contacts the type of job and some of the companies you are interested in. This helps your contacts focus on the right types of opportunities. Most importantly, keep in touch with your network. You must stay top of mind.
Get Referred Because Jobs Go To Referrals
In order to jump to the top of the pile of applicants, you want someone you know to refer you for the job. That isn’t as hard as it may sound. 60% of workers have referred a contact or connection for a job, according to Jobvite. The survey reports that 35% of job seekers ultimately landed a new job through a referral.
Quick tips about being referred.
Before you apply to a job, search for people you know inside the company. Use LinkedIn and ask your network whom they may know inside the company. Often, the online application will ask if you know anyone at the company and you’ll want to provide your contact’s name. When you are interested in the job, always let your inside contacts know and ask if they can pass your resume along to the person responsible for hiring.
Use These 2 Sites To Apply Online
There are many job boards out there. However, two of the online application methods used by successful job seekers aren’t really job boards at all.
Credit: Jobvite 2018 Job Seeker: Application
Almost 25% of job seekers applied to their current or most recent job via LinkedIn and 32% applied directly through a company’s career site.
Quick tips for applying online.
Almost every company lists jobs on their own website and these systems will allow you to set alerts for new jobs. You can set similar alerts on LinkedIn as well. Setting alerts saves you from having to scroll through hundreds of unrelated jobs and will allow you to apply quickly after a job is posted.
Avoid Taking On Irrelevant Projects
Now is the time to develop laser focus. Don’t overcommit or take on any random assignment. Be strategic and selective. Only take on projects or tasks that will help you reach your next job. These assignments should help you develop or enhance the skills you need for your next role. And if you are asked to take on extra work that doesn’t fit your goals, turn it down politely but firmly.
Taking on a project right now may not allow you to have the time you need to work on your job search.
Don’t Say Yes Until You’ve Gotten All The Info
Jobvite found that within the first 90 days, almost a third of new employees leave a job because of these top four reasons:
The role wasn’t what they expected
There was an incident or bad experience
They didn’t like the company culture
They simply changed their minds.
Once you’ve secured a new job, you want to keep it. To do this, make sure you’ve thoroughly vetted the company, your new manager and the role before accepting the offer. Both the employer and the new employee can take the blame for allowing this to happen. But, ultimately, it is up to you to reduce the risk when taking a new job.
Have you taken these steps:
Asked the right questions during the interview process.
Spoken to current and ex-employees about working for the company.
Asked if you can shadow someone in the job in order to understand the role.
Watched how the team interacts with each other and people from other departments.
Pay attention to your gut instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it could very well be a sign you may not fit in the company.
Be Patient and Carry On
Don’t expect immediate results. It takes time to build new contacts and get the word out. Be persistent and don’t lose hope.
Keep taking actions that will get you to the next step in your career.
Do you have what it takes to be employable in the long-term? Learn what to do so you have the skills and jobs for the future.
It’s almost the start of a new year and you may be thinking about a career change or promotion.
If you are, then you are going to want to see what skills companies are looking for. You will also want to know what the hot new job titles are. Plus, learn which companies are best to work for. You’ll also get job search and video interviewing tips and learn about data storytelling and how learning happens in companies today. It’s all wrapped up in this week’s summary.
Happy New Year to you and thank you for being part of my community!
See how and why companies are changing their approach to learning and why going back to college isn’t the only way to develop new skills. This is an interview with Kelly Palmer, Chief Learning Officer at Degreed and former CLO at LinkedIn.
Palmer says: “The the most forward-thinking companies are thinking about learning in the flow of work. It used to be that training or learning was about sending people away for training.”
The year is almost over, and many are anticipating a job search and new career next year. This roundup will help you with this.
As I’m sure you know (or have heard), the best time to start looking for a new job is before you need one! You’ll find help on interviewing, personal branding, job search, networking for introverts and career exploration in this week’s roundup.
I hope these provide you with the information and help you need to succeed in 2019.
by Sarah Johnston, Briefcase Coach | Curated Career Conversations
Career storytelling is the newest advancement in personal branding. It isn’t enough to say you are good at what you do- now you need to provide the proof in story form. In this article, you’ll learn why st0ry branding is so important to your career.
Don’t let the title of this drive you away! Job search is a form of sales, so LinkedIn’s SSI (Social Selling Index) is definitely a measure worth understanding. What makes this article relevant and important is that it four things you can and should be doing on LinkedIn to engage with people. PS: My SSI is 57 (out of 100). You have to read the article to find the link and find your SSI.
If you think you want to make a career change, there’s a certain amount of risk (or fear of the unknown) that comes with making a shift. There are no guarantees in life, however, the six examples in this article will show you how career experiments work and make career shifts less frightening.
by Hannah Morgan | US News & World Report On Careers
Based on LinkedIn’s Emerging Job Report 2018, there are four soft skills listed that are in-demand. Do you have these four skills? Anyone or everyone will benefit. I include tips on how to acquire these skills too!
Before you begin updating your resume, there are some questions you’ll want to ask and answer. Your search for a new job requires a strategy and by answering these questions you will launch a targeted, more productive job search.
Companies have to work harder to find talent now that most people are working. Using candidate data and artificial intelligence is mixed into the process companies use to source and vet candidates. And once they’ve found candidates, they are interviewing them differently. These trends started in 2018 and are expected to continue through 2019.
Based on CareerBuilder’s annual study, I break down the key findings to help you understand the good and bad of social media. The short answer is, whatever you put out there is a reflection of you and can be used to help or hurt your shot at being a candidate for a job.
Even if you don’t plan on actively looking for a new job, you should do a little digital housekeeping. Walk through this list to make sure your online visibility is clean and on target. It’s up to you to manage your online personal reputation.
There’s nothing more exciting than receiving a job offer. But before you say “YES”, make sure you have evaluated these 8 things related to the job, the company, its leadership and people you’ll be working with.
You want to come across confidently qualified during the job interview and that takes practice and time. You’ll find the top job interview questions to prepare for and the best way to formulate your answers! Start prepping now!
Your LinkedIn headline is one of the best opportunities to highlight your unique value. You have 120 characters to use to sell yourself! Newsflash, your job title and company isn’t going to be enough to help you stand out!
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