Good morning, my name is Ken Lazar. I am Managing Director for Experis Engineering. Experis is are the professional staffing division of Manpower Group, the third largest workforce solutions company on the planet. I also am also founder of the Scioto Ridge Job Networking Group. We are pleased to recently celebrate our 5 th anniversary and have helped over 2000 professionals in Central Ohio find new jobs. Over the past ten years of my career, I have had the pleasure of putting over 12,000 people to work. I am not a career coach, nor a resume writer. I speak to you today as a voice of experience. I have changed fields 8 times in my career. I have been out of work three times and conducted five major job searches. I have moved my family 10 times since my wife and and I am still married. The advice I am giving you today is the world according to Ken Lazar. Like any guest speaker, I am not an expert. The job search process is not an exact science. If it were you would all be working. I like to refer to myself as one of the tallest pigmies in the world of work. My talk today is titles “12 Things You Could Do, Right Now, to take 60 Days Off Your Job Search”. The 12 tips I give to you today are derived from the things that I see every day. They will help you. But to be successful, you must do all 12. They are just that important. This may be the shortest but most important presentation you will receive while you are in job transition. I have placed I on my LInkedIn profile for you to download at our leisure.
Take a look in the mirror. In your last job, did you work hard or just show up? If you approach your job search in the same way, you are in for a long wait. Make finding a job your job. Seventy-one percent of American workers are "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" in their work, meaning they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and are less likely to be productive. That leaves nearly one-third of American workers who are "engaged," or involved in and enthusiastic about their work and contributing to their organizations in a positive manner. This trend remained relatively stable throughout 2013. Wake up at 5:30 am. Walk. Prepare for the day with a positive mental attitude. Work until 6:00 pm. Eat. Answer emails and research the internet while watching TV with your spouse.6. Get out of the house. Attend professional association meetings, conventions, networking events, one-on-one meetings, SRJNG meetings, JFS events, other job search networking groups.
Focus on your qualifications. Are turning the corner of on the back nine of your careers. You have done many things. Now you need to focus on what you do best and what positions that you are most qualified to hold. Very few companies are looking for generalists. They are looking for specific skills. Transferable skills: Writing, Analyzing , Conducting research, Organizing, Advocating, Delegating, Public speaking, Estimating, Forecasting, Planning, Management, Computer, literacy, Work well under pressure, Foreign language skills, Sign language skills, Coordinate events, Teach/Train others, Negotiation skills, Proofreading and editing skills, Problem solving skills, Flexibility/AdaptabilityTeam player, Interpersonal skills, Interviewing skills, Decision-making skills, Creative thinking skills If you are changing careers, take recruiters off your job search strategy. They can’t help you.
If you don’t have a job, and are not independently wealthy, your fiscal health is a concern. Right! It’s Ok for some people to say that this is the time to find yourself or to change fields or to do what you are passionate about. I think those are great things to pursue. If that is your strategy, that’s admirable - add 6 months to your job search. Most of the people giving you this advice are employed. I suggest applying first aid. Get yourself to work and start your long term strategy. Invest in your career. Most people spend more time planning their vacations than planning their career. Get to work. Feather your bed. Dig your well. Find your purpose.
1. Please take your resume out. Tear off the first 1/3 and throw the rest away. Give it to your neighbor.
1. I am sure there is good reason to have a functional resume, I just don’t know what it is yet.
This is the single biggest mistake that job seekers make. Most people are approaching the job search backwards. I see more people come to Scioto Ridge meetings week after week and have no idea who they want to work for. Get a copy of What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Boles. Do the Flower exercise. It is the best exercise on prioritization of your career that I have ever run across. You will be take through the steps in determining the criteria of your ultimate employer.
1. Poll the audience.
Email threads about attitude; It’s hard putting people to work. Helen: Mr. Lazar, I would like information about the great companies you work with. I have an engineering degrees coupled with technical and non-technical sales experience. Since relocating to Columbus my only job offers have been customer service or a picker-packer. Is this all for employment opportunities in Columbus? Wonder what a GED would get you? I look forward to hearing from you. Helen Ken: Hi Helen, Actually Columbus has a lot to offer. You just need to talk to the right people. Please email your resume to me at email@example.com Helen: Attached is my resume. I do appreciate you taking the time to respond. I agree that I have not connected to the right people. The word technical seems to apply to IT only. Ken: Hi Helen. Thank you for your resume. It looks as thought you have some very solid technical sales experience. Actually that experience is currently in demand, especially combined with your engineering background. My team at Experis focuses on filling engineering positions. We do not fill many technical sales positions. You have been out of engineering for quite some time, so I would not be able to submit you for purely engineering job openings that we are currently working on. I will keep your resume in my personal file for future reference. We receive job orders eery day…you just never know. I also run a job networking group called the Scioto Ridge Job Networking Group for professionals in job transition. Please visit our website at www.srjng.com to see if we would be a good fit or you. Also, please visit my website www.columbusjobguide.com. There are additional resources that would be valuable to you there. Have a great weekend. Ken Helen: Unfortunately, what you stated is what I hear everyday. Joining one more group is not the answer. I see no value. I have decided to return to Houston. No need to keep my resume. Regards, Helen. --------- Recruiter: Hi Bruce, I have an immediate need for a test engineer to work in a PLC test bed. Cleveland OHIO, Need to be a LOGIX GURU!!! LOGIX EXPERT!!! Testing experience is not required: your skills with programming logix5000 is the key!!! The pay Rate is $50.00 +/hour....depending on your skills and experience level. Up to 18 months long contract opportunity. Please call or email me if you are interested. Thanks. Candidate Bruce : location? Recruiter: Cleveland, Ohio. Candidate Bruce: OK. What next? You guys all ways beating around the bush. The three keys to finding a good job is, timing, timing and timing. You have wasted all this time when I could have been on a interview with these people. Thanks a lot...What am I missing in this process? Recruiter : Hi Bruce, I called both numbers that we have on file for you this morning and left messages. If you care to discuss, you can reach me at xxx-xxx-xxxx. Candidate Bruce: I did receive your v-mails. I sorry i can't return all the long distance phone calls i get. My phone bill would go thru the roof. When you're unemployed, you tend not to spend money. Aspecially when a recruter says Cleveland and it turns out to be Euclid or further. There are so many bordering cities that consider them selves as Cleveland. It could be a hour drive or a 15 min drive. Big difference at 3.50/gal. I still need to know the location. Recruiter: Bruce, thank you for your consideration of this opportunity. I am moving on to other candidates at this time. Good luck with your future job hunt.
12 things you could do right now to take 60 days off your job search