Seven Mistakes That Can Sink Your Job Search VisualcvPresentation Transcript
SEVEN MISTAKES THAT CAN SINK YOUR JOB SEARCH SIMPLE STEPS TO GETTING GREATER RESULTS OF YOUR JOB SEARCH EFFORTS
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 .
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www.premierwriting.com – Executive Resume Writing & Career Coaching
www.100kjobsearch.com – Job Search & Career Transition Coaching / FastTrack Career Transition Mastermind
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
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
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”
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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