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  • 1. SEVEN MISTAKES THAT CAN SINK YOUR JOB SEARCH SIMPLE STEPS TO GETTING GREATER RESULTS OF YOUR JOB SEARCH EFFORTS
  • 2. About Abby Locke
    • Abby M. Locke is an executive career marketing strategist who has been quoted and featured in Essence Magazine , the Washington Post , Washington Post Express , Wall Street Journal , CEO Update , Monster.com , and the Society for Human Resource Management .
    • Currently the founder and executive career consultant of Premier Writing Solutions, LLC in Washington DC, Abby works exclusively with senior level and C-level executive candidates and supports them with their career transition, career management, and career development needs.
    • Samples of her distinctive résumé work have been published in Top Notch Executive Résumés , Nail the Résumé! Great Tips for Creating Dynamite Résumés , Same-Day Résumé, Quick Resume and Cover Letter Book , 30-Minute Resume Makeover , Happy About My Resume and Directory of Professional Resume Writers .
    • Abby holds several industry designations as Nationally Certified Resume Writer , Master Resume Writer, Certified Personal Brand Strategist , Certificate in Executive Career Coaching and Career Management Coach .
    • Contact her at [email_address]
    • Visit her websites:
    • www.premierwriting.com – Executive Resume Writing & Career Coaching
    • www.100kjobsearch.com – Job Search & Career Transition Coaching / FastTrack Career Transition Mastermind
  • 3. MISTAKE #1 – The Renegade
    • Automatically jumping into “career hunter” mode and executing an array of job search activities without a structured plan or process
    • Going after any opportunity that looks good regardless of career background or experience and not focused on long-term career goal
    • Keeping ideal job objectives too broad and general
  • 4. SOLUTIONS
    • Create a targeted, structured job search marketing plan and multifaceted campaign.
    • Have a clear job or position in mind identified by title and function
      • Develop a list of target companies,
      • Have salary requirements
      • Outline a “must-have” job profile
      • Determine geographic location
    • Develop a system to organize job search activities to monitor progress, celebrate successes, and analyze failures.
    • Dedicate 30 - 40 hours per week if you are unemployed and 15 -20 hours if you are employed
  • 5. MISTAKE #2 – The Internet Addict
    • Heavy dependence on the internet job search technique that include commercial career sites like Monster, Hotjobs, Careerbuilder etc.
    • Spending more that 20 hours a weekly research new job listings and sending online resume, and completing company applications.
    • Posting resume and personal profiles at career and executive recruiter sites and waiting for “hits”
  • 6. SOLUTIONS
    • Engage in a wide variety of job search activities that best suit your job search needs
      • Participate in in-person and online networking
      • Develop direct mail and email campaigns
      • Engage executive recruiters
      • Attend career fairs and trade shows
      • Use online and print business and industry publications to monitor your target companies – pay close attention to expansions and internal promotions
      • Create Google alerts and news feeds for your target companies
  • 7. MISTAKE #3 – The Resume Blaster
    • Depending on resume blasting programs and mass e-mailings to reach key decision makers and specialty recruiters.
    • Sending in numerous applications for the same position at one company OR applying for 200 positions at the same company.
    • Bombarding network contacts and referrals with several versions of your existing resume
  • 8. SOLUTIONS
    • Having a targeted, well researched job search campaign is the way to go
      • Avoid massive resume blasting programs because they are often screened as spam mail and end up in the trash
      • You run the risk of appearing unfocused when executive recruiters either receive your unsolicited resume over and over again or they receive your resume for several, completely different positions.
      • You will become victim to the black hole syndrome if you are sending out resumes in masses without knowing who the receiver is and how to effectively follow up
      • You may start getting tons of phone calls for positions that you are not interested in or ones that you are overqualified for
    • Remember – a narrow, specified target helps you to develop a more reliable, effective job search plan.
  • 9. MISTAKE #4 – The Online Phobic
    • Being highly resistant, suspicious or avoidant of any online social networking activities
    • Have no online or digital presence – you don’t exist except on your resume
    • Uncomfortable with participating in online forums, company blogs, discussions groups, etc
  • 10. SOLUTIONS
    • Potential employers and recruiters like to solicit “passive” candidates and conduct online searches before contacting qualified candidates
      • Develop an online presence through LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Visual CV, and online career portfolio or even a blog
      • Do more than join professional social networking on the Internet – let your voice be heard – through out questions, offer support and advice to other candidates, share your experience, give out referrals.
      • Don’t underestimate the value of social networks! They can play an integral role in your job search and it is a very popular sourcing ground for recruiters.
  • 11. MISTAKE #5 – The Tunnel Visionary
    • Only using a flat, one-dimensional executive resume to serve all job search tactics
    • Not being fully aware of the main audiences and channels that your resume and other career marketing documents will need to go through
    • Lacking a complete portfolio that will best demonstrate and highlight key aspects of your career and related career achievements
  • 12. SOLUTIONS
    • A successful job search campaign will include resumes and career marketing documents that meet your in-person, online, interviewing, and networking needs. You will need the following:
      • A standard two-to-three page executive resume depending on your career background
      • A networking resume for introductions, referrals, and in-person networking events.
      • A critical leadership initiatives or accomplishment summary document ideal for interview preparation and as a leave behind.
      • Career biography for recruiters and networking
      • VisualCV or online portfolio to boost your online presence
  • 13. MISTAKE #6 – The Recluse
    • Conducting a job search campaign in a vacuum without additional support or feedback from others
    • Becoming victim to negative self talk, wallowing in depression, and feeling alone and isolated in the job search process
    • Not keeping abreast of industry trends or new skills required in the marketplace
  • 14. SOLUTIONS
    • Whether you are in active job search mode or not, you should always have an eye on long time career management
      • Explore advanced educational and certification, and training opportunities to make sure that your skills and capabilities remain current with market transitions
      • Use the Internet to find free or low-cost online training programs and seminars
      • Attend local professional association events and training programs
      • Seek out mentors who can help you in job search and long-term career planning
  • 15. MISTAKE #7 – The Introvert
    • Limiting any extensive networking or socializing events during unemployment period
    • Feeling uncomfortable going to in-person events that will expose unemployment status and being afraid to ask for referrals
    • Not using a reliable method to expand network and gain new contacts through both in-person and online strategies
    • Dismissing current technologies and tools that would allow you to market yourself to a wider audience
  • 16. SOLUTIONS
    • More than 85-90% of high paying job opportunities are NOT advertised
      • While networking does not reap instant rewards or job offers, it MUST be an active and ongoing aspect of your executive job search campaign
      • Join alumni groups, professional associations, industry and affinity groups, chamber of commerce and start meeting new people
      • Have a networking plan and be clear on what you what to get from each meeting and what you are willing to give