Be a Superstar Job Seeker by Catherine Adenle

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The current job search situation in today’s economy is tough. To be able to navigate the job search super highway and quickly set yourself aside to be ‘the one’ that gets the job of your choice, you have to become a Superstar Job Seeker. The definition of a Superstar is a person, who is esteemed for exceptional talent, and is eagerly sought after for his or her services. If you are currently not a Superstar Job Seeker and you are looking for employment then you may be searching for a long time. The good news is that it is not too late to become a Superstar Job Seeker. See the presentation slides to know more.

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Be a Superstar Job Seeker by Catherine Adenle

  1. 1. By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com Superstar Job Seeker Be a
  2. 2. By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  3. 3. <ul><li>A Superstar is a person, who is esteemed for exceptional talent, and is eagerly sought after for his or her services. </li></ul><ul><li>- If you are currently seeking work, you need to be a Superstar Job Seeker or you might search for a long time. </li></ul><ul><li>- The good news is that it is not too late to become a Superstar Job Seeker. </li></ul>Superstar Job Seeker By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  4. 4. <ul><li>Reality Check #3 : A new breed of hiring managers and personnel specialists scour social networks for potential candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Reality Check #1 : You will not get your next job by just submitting your CV to HR or by answering a newspaper job advertisement. </li></ul><ul><li>Reality Check #2 : 80% of HR professionals scan through hundreds of CVs to see the one that stands out and 70% have rejected applicants because of online information </li></ul><ul><li>Reality Check #4 : With many other qualified professionals seeking employment, it is no way near enough that you are experienced, competent, smart and reliable. Your self-marketing must be hotter than magma. You should always look to ‘wow’ potential employers. </li></ul><ul><li>Reality Check #5 : Only a small percentage of jobs are advertised in local newspapers and most people looking for work go after those advertised positions. So networking is important. Approximately 60% of job hunters find their new job with the help of friends, family members and acquaintances . </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  5. 5. Why? By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  6. 6. <ul><li>Prepare an elevator speech </li></ul><ul><li>Know your industry </li></ul><ul><li>Look and act like a Superstar </li></ul><ul><li>Network like there is no tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Jazz up your CV </li></ul><ul><li>Have a plan </li></ul><ul><li>Banish negativity </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com 5 2 3 4 1 6 7
  7. 7. <ul><li>An elevator speech is not just for elevators! </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for when the opportunity will come knocking. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your speech succinct but memorable. </li></ul><ul><li>Your speech should be short (15-30 second, 150 words). </li></ul><ul><li>It is a sound bite that succinctly and memorably introduces you. </li></ul><ul><li>Must spotlight your uniqueness and the focus must be on the benefits you provide as a person. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure you can effortlessly deliver your elevator speech.  </li></ul><ul><li>Have a well rehearsed, introductory statement that you can whip up on anyone will give you such a huge confidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Let this brief speech give your listener a peek-a-boo look into your personality. </li></ul><ul><li>Write and rewrite, practice and refine your elevator speech. </li></ul>Know your skills and how to communicate them. By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  8. 8. <ul><li>To be a Superstar Job Seeker , you have to: </li></ul><ul><li>Know your industry like the back of your hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek and acquire any new skills you need in the </li></ul><ul><li>future in order to remain on centre stage. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and research your </li></ul><ul><li>industry so that you know the ins and outs. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of any emerging technology, trends and have your finger on the pulse of things. </li></ul><ul><li>Remain current on any issues or developments in your field, read trade journals or professional publications. </li></ul><ul><li>It is extremely impressive during an interview if you know about the latest merger or takeovers in your industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer trending knowledge and competitive skills, which cannot be easily found in anyone else, this will wow the potential employer, blow all your competitors out of the water and get you the job. </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com Be a SME (Subject Matter Expert) in your industry.
  9. 9. <ul><li>Spend some time revitalizing your image. </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade your wardrobe to ensure that you have just the right outfit </li></ul><ul><li>for your job interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Do whatever will make you look good and feel good about yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>A polished physical appearance, an effective CV, covering letter, </li></ul><ul><li>presentation, and a professional attire do matter! </li></ul><ul><li>Sprinkle some star dust on your candidate packaging. Flicker with the right brand </li></ul><ul><li>as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and with confidence, aim all at the right audience; </li></ul><ul><li>Look chilled and not frazzled, then gaze at how your Superstardom star-struck potential employers react to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a swagger that is cool, calm, and enthusiastic but above all show confidence and not cockiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Be courageous and blow your own trumpet a little, promote and show case your talent. </li></ul><ul><li>Radiate your competency on cue. exude that special ‘je ne sais quoi’ and a bankable glow, then watch someone scoop you up right into your dream job. </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com Revitalize your image and package yourself appropriately.
  10. 10. <ul><li>A Superstar Job Seeker will be into Social Networking. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish your professional online presence and network. </li></ul><ul><li>Get on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook as these Social Network </li></ul><ul><li>sites and the Internet are powerful and can help you get back </li></ul><ul><li>to work fast. The tools provide you the opportunity to promote yourself and your skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the right people, company and subscribe to pertinent RSS feeds. </li></ul><ul><li>Always remember to be positive and professional in the way you </li></ul><ul><li>present yourself at all times on these sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Word of Mouth (WOM) and talk to or contact people you know to </li></ul><ul><li>find job leads. Use your conversations to ask their advice, to make them </li></ul><ul><li>aware of your job search, to use your elevator speech, to learn more about </li></ul><ul><li>their jobs or their organizations. </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com Make good use of readily available free online Web 2.0 tools.
  11. 11. <ul><ul><ul><li>On Social Network Sites: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Share your knowledge. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offer your opinions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about your industry. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Use keywords related to your niche. </li></ul><ul><li>Present what makes you different from everyone else. </li></ul><ul><li>Get accounts on all the major social networks </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  12. 12. <ul><li>Your CV must be singing and dancing. </li></ul><ul><li>It must have the ‘3Ps’ – P rofessional, P unchy and P ertinent. </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase your skills and highlight your achievements. </li></ul><ul><li>Always target and tweak your CV to match each job. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit your CV to popular job sites - employers are now </li></ul><ul><li>increasingly looking in many different online places for </li></ul><ul><li>applicable skills, talent and that special X-factor. </li></ul><ul><li>Use all of your online profiles and visual CV to help position </li></ul><ul><li>yourself as an ideal candidate. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider a bold option and do a narrative bio on YouTube, or have a preformatted CV posted on LinkedIn . </li></ul><ul><li>( For more on this, see InnovateCV or VisualCV to create an online CV that includes all the facets of a traditional CV, with add-ons like images, video, and links to your accomplishments ). </li></ul><ul><li>Make references to previous employers, job titles, dates of employment and responsibilities whenever appropriate. </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  13. 13. <ul><li>If you are searching for a job, your current role is that of a ‘Job Searching Manager’, so make searching for a job your job! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t mistake your jobless period as the period to do nothing. Dust yourself off and set your own agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>Be your own “boss” and be self-disciplined. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan your work by covering all the steps in your job search. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an overall plan by listing all of the steps involved </li></ul><ul><li>in your job search. List the actions needed to finish each step. </li></ul><ul><li>Access your skills and continue to research the job market. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve your CV and write an effective cover letter. </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect your pitch and how to ace job interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Get in the habit of making a “To Do” list every day. Each day, resolve to complete most tasks on the list. </li></ul><ul><li>Record every contact you make regarding your job search, keep a list of important leads and follow-up. Visit people, call and make use of the great resources on the Internet. </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  14. 14. <ul><li>Be positive. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get disgruntled if you are still looking for a job and it seems like everyone you know has an offer. </li></ul><ul><li>Most experienced job seekers often search for months before finding the right opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>You have to unplug yourself from negativity and create positivity to improve your job search. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on what can be instead of the obstacles. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a new opportunity in your mind and work towards it. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that job hunting takes time and energy. So it is important to remember that to become a Superstar Job Seeker, remain confident, cool and collected but prepared. </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  15. 15. <ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>How to Find a Job on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>http://interviewiq.com.au/how-to-find-a-job-on-twitter </li></ul><ul><li> 10 Best Career Related Sites </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2008/jun/11/workandcareers </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> The Top 50 Jobs Resources </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.quintcareers.com/top_50_sites.html </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Best Web 2.0 Tools for Job Seekers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://reminis.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/best-web-2-0-tools-for-job-seekers/ </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10 Users Job Seekers Should Follow on Twitter </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.jobacle.com/blog/twitter-for-job-search-10-users-to-follow.html </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me About Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OEZSfdn6Jc&feature=related </li></ul>Video <ul><li>Prepare Your Elevator Speech </li></ul><ul><li>http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/professional-networking/prepare-your-elevator-speech/article.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for a Job? Throw Away Your Resume. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fauzia-burke/looking-for-a-job-throw-a_b_716491.html </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Bucket: Upload Your Resume and Search for Job Free </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.resumebucket.com/ </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  16. 16. Further resources <ul><li>Me 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>http://personalbrandingbook.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Dan Schawbel’s Personal Branding Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen Your Professional Brand Through LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>http://blog.linkedin.com/2007/09/26/brand-steve-patrizi/ </li></ul><ul><li>66 Cover Letter Samples </li></ul><ul><li>http://catherinescareercorner.com/2009/01/19/66-free-cover-letter- samples/ </li></ul><ul><li>Free Sample CV Templates </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://catherinescareercorner.com/2008/12/16/view-free-sample-cv-templates/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Job Search Tips </li></ul><ul><li>http://jobsearch.about.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://catherinescareercorner.com </li></ul>By Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com
  17. 17. Questions or Comments? Contact: Catherine Adenle http://catherinescareercorner.com http://twitter.com/catherineadenle

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