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A Brief Guide to
      The New Rules of Job Search

*8 Simple Secrets Nobody is telling you*




                              By: Ngee Key
                    Career Coach, Advisor & Strategist
                    Founder of Springboard Talent LLP
                     Creator of YourOwn360 Program

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© 2011 by Chan Ngee Key. A Brief Guide to The New Rules of Job Search by!
Springboard Talent LLP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs!
3.0 Singapore License.!
Creator of Your Own 360 Evaluating Opportunity Program!


Important: If you have access to a printer, please PRINT this e-book. You’ll get a lot more out of it if!
you’re not reading it from a monitor. Take it to your favorite café or read it at home in your!
comfortable chair. You can also write your own notes easily on the large white spaces.!
You have quit, what’s next?

•    You’ve just decided to quit your job due to unhappiness
     or office politics. Or worse – you’ve just been fired. You
     look at the rest of your life, suddenly an open, lonely
     road. Who will save you? What else do you have left
     now? What use are you to society? To your family? To
     yourself? How will you find your next job? !

•    If any of these questions ring a bell, and if you find
     yourself nodding and thinking, I’ve been here before, or, I
     am experiencing this right now – you need to know, at
     this exact moment: you are not alone.!

•    There are many working professionals who are not happy
     in their working environment. It can be loss of career
     direction, horrible boss or is not align to your passion.!

•    Welcome. This e-book will reveal 8 simple secrets you can
     use immediately in your job search process.!
Losing your job can be a blessing


                  •    Losing or quitting your job is not the end
                       of the world.!

                  •    You don’t have to say sorry to yourself. It
                       is not what happens to you, but it is more
                       important to know what’s best for you in
                       your next career move.!

                  •    Contrary to what you’re thinking, your
                       newfound freedom is the first step towards
                       discovering a lot of fresh and creative
                       opportunities out there that you might not
                       even think of. !

                  •    You are now open to explore a different
                       career path that aligns with your talent,
                       skills, knowledge, passion and purpose.!
You Need a Plan

•    For a lot of job seekers, a career transition is usually one
     of the most challenging and ‘easier said than done’
     stages in their lives. !

•    There is a famous quote by John L. Beckley. “Most
     people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan.”.!

•    We have observed this for years, having interacted with
     and helped a lot of professionals, managers, executives
     and others to get back on their feet. !

•    Throughout this time, this is what we’ve learned: people
     need a plan to better guide them in their job search, but
     most importantly, they need to reflect deeply about their
     experience, skills and goals in life in order to identify the
     direction they want to take.!

•    So let’s get started on the 8 simple secrets you can use
     immediately for your job search project.!
Secret 1: Identify List of Targeted Companies


                     •    Fact - the vast majority of available jobs are not
                          advertised. World Wide Survey estimate 74 to
                          85% of available jobs are never advertised. The
                          responsibility is upon you to take the initiative if
                          you wish to find employment.!

                     •    Compile a list of the companies that you can see
                          yourself working for – a type of wish-list.
                          Whether you have heard of an available position
                          at the company is largely irrelevant. After all, if a
                          position is vacant at a certain company but the
                          idea of working there is most unappealing, it is
                          probably not worth pursuing.!

                     •    Think carefully and see if you can imagine
                          yourself proudly saying, "I work for company X."!
Secret 2: Read & Research on Targeted Companies

•    Don't judge a book by its cover! Although you may think
     you would like to work for a particular company, it is
     important to do your homework. Only you can be the
     judge of what is best for you.!

•    The Internet is a valuable source of corporate information.
     Check the financial strength of the company. Is it doing
     well or struggling? How does its salary and benefit
     structure compare to similar companies? Is there a high
     degree of employee satisfaction or have many employee
     legal complaints been filed? !

•    Read about company annual reports, press releases, news,
     and products. What is the company’s mission statement,
     vision, values, direction and also it’s challenges ahead. !

•    Finally, does the company endorse certain policies that are
     not favorable to you? What is the style of Management or
     leadership? Does it appeal to you?!
Secret 3: Informational Interviewing



           •    Before you meet with a potential employer, invest time
                conducting informational interviews. This is a highly
                important process in which you interview people already
                employed in a certain position or a certain company. The
                purpose of these interviews is to gather as much useful
                information as possible.!

           •    Attempt to find out the pros and cons of the job. What
                expectations should you realistically have? Uncover
                information about specific employers or places of work..
                Learn facts about the actual responsibilities of specific
                positions.!

           •    Use this process to arm yourself with facts and figures
                before your own interviews.!
Secret 4: Offline Networking



•    Long before online social networks, the best way to
     meet people was face to face. Surprise – it still is a
     vital source of information!!

•    Invest time going to places where you can meet
     people affiliated with your line of work. You will be
     amazed how much practical information can be
     obtained through direct and face to face discussions. !

•    Seminars, lectures, professional conferences,
     exhibitions – these are but a few of the many places
     where you can meet people and they can meet you. !

•    When you are looking for employment opportunities,
     the more people you meet, the better the chances of
     finding, or being found. !
Secret 5: Online Networking


            •    Social media platforms such as Blogs, Facebook,
                 LinkedIn, Twitter and others are a highly
                 effective method of yelling to the world, "I am
                 here!” in the world wide web.!

            •    Even if you are not overly extroverted, use the
                 various online networks and forums to make
                 yourself known. Get involved in professional
                 discussions. Pose questions to other
                 professionals. Initiate discussions that focus on
                 your opinions. Offer advice that will shine a
                 bright light on your knowledge and capabilities.!

            •    Always keep in mind that you want to become
                 known. This is free advertising for you at its
                 finest!!
Secret 6: Create Visibility



•    Finding the right job for you may not be an overnight process.
     Like a fine wine, sometimes time and patience are required.!

•    Use time to your advantage. Make yourself highly visible in
     order to become known to as many people as possible. !

•    Seek opportunities to speak to professional groups. Attend
     conferences and seminars and participate as much as possible.
     If you're in the audience, stand to introduce yourself and ask a
     question. Let everyone know that you are here, there, and
     everywhere. !

•    High visibility will create mental association between you and
     the field of employment.!
Secret 7: Contacting Potential Employers



               •    There's an old saying – if you want someone to answer
                    the door, you have to knock!!

               •    In a highly competitive world, the aggressors get ahead. If
                    you want a particular job, or would like to work for a
                    certain company, you have to take action and go after it!

               •    Take the initiative and contact potential employers. Sell
                    your skills and expertise. Explain why you would be a
                    valuable asset. Convince the other party that they will
                    benefit from associating with you, and you with them.!

               •    Many employers appreciate initiative and may be willing
                    to offer you a position that they were reserving until they
                    meet "the right person.”!
Secret 8: Referrals and Connections

•    Often, it's not a question of what you know but who you know. !

•    There is no substitute for personal connections. Make sure that friends and
     colleagues know that you are available for work and actively looking. !

•    Don't be shy about asking for personal referrals. Try to get people you know to
     make introductions for you. Ask friends or colleagues to pass on your CV. !
When all is said and done




•    At the end of the day, your success depends, to a large degree, on the amount of
     "noise” and branding that you make. The more noticeable you are, the better your
     chances for securing the job that you want. !

•    Become recognizable. Let the world know that you are here and are ready, willing
     and able. With determination, focus and a little bit of luck, you will be well on your
     way to achieving your career goals.!
8 Simple Secrets Nobody is
                telling you about Job Search


1.    Identify List of Targeted Companies!

2.    Read and Research on Targeted Companies!

3.    Informational Interviewing!

4.    Offline Networking!

5.    Online Networking!

6.    Create Visibility!

7.    Contacting Potential Employers!

8.    Referrals and Connections!
About the Author


!Ngee Key is a Career Coach, Strategist and Founder of Springboard Talent
 who helps unhappy employees in corporate to discover meaningful and
 fulfilling jobs. A former corporate manager for more than a decade, he
 deeply understands the questions and concerns faced by working
 professionals. His expertise in personal and business change was
 developed through many years of professional experiences inside
 corporations such as Hewlett-Packard and Hewitt Associates (Aon Hewitt).!

!You are spending almost 30 years of your life working and I believe they
 should be rewarding and fulfilling. “Having a career that aligns with your
 talent, values and passion at its heart is aligning your purpose for being
 here that you simply must act on it, despite the challenges or worries that
 hold you back,” says Ngee Key. !

!A world traveler to 22 countries and 60 cities, Ngee Key speaks English,
 Mandarin and Cantonese. Certified by Career Coach Academy (ICF
 Accredited, CCMC) under the mentorship of Susan Whitcomb, he have
 worked with many clients who have faced challenging career decisions you
 face now and moved them to better, meaningful and fulfilling situations. !
Get Connected

       I hope you enjoyed this e-book and it gives you some food for thought.!
                 If you want to learn more, check out the following.
                                                                   !


      To sign up for YourOwn360 Program, Personal Career Coaching!
or book Ngee Key for Keynote Speech, please contact him at www.yourown360.com!




                            Connect with Ngee Key!
                        Career Coach, Advisor and Strategist!
                         Founder of Springboard Talent LLP!
                           Creator of YourOwn360 Program!

                                 Phone: (65) 91824111!
                                    Skype: setfire!
                       Email: ngeekey@springboardtalent.com!
                     LinkedIn: http://sg.linkedin.com/in/ngeekey !
                    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ngeekey !
                       Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ngeekey!

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The New Rules Of Job Search Jul 2011

  • 1. A Brief Guide to The New Rules of Job Search *8 Simple Secrets Nobody is telling you* By: Ngee Key Career Coach, Advisor & Strategist Founder of Springboard Talent LLP Creator of YourOwn360 Program *THIS E-BOOK IS 100% NON-COMMERCIAL AND DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY AFFILIATE LINKS*
  • 2. Please feel free to post this on your blog or email it to whomever you believe would benefit from reading it. Thank you. © 2011 by Chan Ngee Key. A Brief Guide to The New Rules of Job Search by! Springboard Talent LLP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs! 3.0 Singapore License.! Creator of Your Own 360 Evaluating Opportunity Program! Important: If you have access to a printer, please PRINT this e-book. You’ll get a lot more out of it if! you’re not reading it from a monitor. Take it to your favorite café or read it at home in your! comfortable chair. You can also write your own notes easily on the large white spaces.!
  • 3. You have quit, what’s next? •  You’ve just decided to quit your job due to unhappiness or office politics. Or worse – you’ve just been fired. You look at the rest of your life, suddenly an open, lonely road. Who will save you? What else do you have left now? What use are you to society? To your family? To yourself? How will you find your next job? ! •  If any of these questions ring a bell, and if you find yourself nodding and thinking, I’ve been here before, or, I am experiencing this right now – you need to know, at this exact moment: you are not alone.! •  There are many working professionals who are not happy in their working environment. It can be loss of career direction, horrible boss or is not align to your passion.! •  Welcome. This e-book will reveal 8 simple secrets you can use immediately in your job search process.!
  • 4. Losing your job can be a blessing •  Losing or quitting your job is not the end of the world.! •  You don’t have to say sorry to yourself. It is not what happens to you, but it is more important to know what’s best for you in your next career move.! •  Contrary to what you’re thinking, your newfound freedom is the first step towards discovering a lot of fresh and creative opportunities out there that you might not even think of. ! •  You are now open to explore a different career path that aligns with your talent, skills, knowledge, passion and purpose.!
  • 5. You Need a Plan •  For a lot of job seekers, a career transition is usually one of the most challenging and ‘easier said than done’ stages in their lives. ! •  There is a famous quote by John L. Beckley. “Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan.”.! •  We have observed this for years, having interacted with and helped a lot of professionals, managers, executives and others to get back on their feet. ! •  Throughout this time, this is what we’ve learned: people need a plan to better guide them in their job search, but most importantly, they need to reflect deeply about their experience, skills and goals in life in order to identify the direction they want to take.! •  So let’s get started on the 8 simple secrets you can use immediately for your job search project.!
  • 6. Secret 1: Identify List of Targeted Companies •  Fact - the vast majority of available jobs are not advertised. World Wide Survey estimate 74 to 85% of available jobs are never advertised. The responsibility is upon you to take the initiative if you wish to find employment.! •  Compile a list of the companies that you can see yourself working for – a type of wish-list. Whether you have heard of an available position at the company is largely irrelevant. After all, if a position is vacant at a certain company but the idea of working there is most unappealing, it is probably not worth pursuing.! •  Think carefully and see if you can imagine yourself proudly saying, "I work for company X."!
  • 7. Secret 2: Read & Research on Targeted Companies •  Don't judge a book by its cover! Although you may think you would like to work for a particular company, it is important to do your homework. Only you can be the judge of what is best for you.! •  The Internet is a valuable source of corporate information. Check the financial strength of the company. Is it doing well or struggling? How does its salary and benefit structure compare to similar companies? Is there a high degree of employee satisfaction or have many employee legal complaints been filed? ! •  Read about company annual reports, press releases, news, and products. What is the company’s mission statement, vision, values, direction and also it’s challenges ahead. ! •  Finally, does the company endorse certain policies that are not favorable to you? What is the style of Management or leadership? Does it appeal to you?!
  • 8. Secret 3: Informational Interviewing •  Before you meet with a potential employer, invest time conducting informational interviews. This is a highly important process in which you interview people already employed in a certain position or a certain company. The purpose of these interviews is to gather as much useful information as possible.! •  Attempt to find out the pros and cons of the job. What expectations should you realistically have? Uncover information about specific employers or places of work.. Learn facts about the actual responsibilities of specific positions.! •  Use this process to arm yourself with facts and figures before your own interviews.!
  • 9. Secret 4: Offline Networking •  Long before online social networks, the best way to meet people was face to face. Surprise – it still is a vital source of information!! •  Invest time going to places where you can meet people affiliated with your line of work. You will be amazed how much practical information can be obtained through direct and face to face discussions. ! •  Seminars, lectures, professional conferences, exhibitions – these are but a few of the many places where you can meet people and they can meet you. ! •  When you are looking for employment opportunities, the more people you meet, the better the chances of finding, or being found. !
  • 10. Secret 5: Online Networking •  Social media platforms such as Blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others are a highly effective method of yelling to the world, "I am here!” in the world wide web.! •  Even if you are not overly extroverted, use the various online networks and forums to make yourself known. Get involved in professional discussions. Pose questions to other professionals. Initiate discussions that focus on your opinions. Offer advice that will shine a bright light on your knowledge and capabilities.! •  Always keep in mind that you want to become known. This is free advertising for you at its finest!!
  • 11. Secret 6: Create Visibility •  Finding the right job for you may not be an overnight process. Like a fine wine, sometimes time and patience are required.! •  Use time to your advantage. Make yourself highly visible in order to become known to as many people as possible. ! •  Seek opportunities to speak to professional groups. Attend conferences and seminars and participate as much as possible. If you're in the audience, stand to introduce yourself and ask a question. Let everyone know that you are here, there, and everywhere. ! •  High visibility will create mental association between you and the field of employment.!
  • 12. Secret 7: Contacting Potential Employers •  There's an old saying – if you want someone to answer the door, you have to knock!! •  In a highly competitive world, the aggressors get ahead. If you want a particular job, or would like to work for a certain company, you have to take action and go after it! •  Take the initiative and contact potential employers. Sell your skills and expertise. Explain why you would be a valuable asset. Convince the other party that they will benefit from associating with you, and you with them.! •  Many employers appreciate initiative and may be willing to offer you a position that they were reserving until they meet "the right person.”!
  • 13. Secret 8: Referrals and Connections •  Often, it's not a question of what you know but who you know. ! •  There is no substitute for personal connections. Make sure that friends and colleagues know that you are available for work and actively looking. ! •  Don't be shy about asking for personal referrals. Try to get people you know to make introductions for you. Ask friends or colleagues to pass on your CV. !
  • 14. When all is said and done •  At the end of the day, your success depends, to a large degree, on the amount of "noise” and branding that you make. The more noticeable you are, the better your chances for securing the job that you want. ! •  Become recognizable. Let the world know that you are here and are ready, willing and able. With determination, focus and a little bit of luck, you will be well on your way to achieving your career goals.!
  • 15. 8 Simple Secrets Nobody is telling you about Job Search 1.  Identify List of Targeted Companies! 2.  Read and Research on Targeted Companies! 3.  Informational Interviewing! 4.  Offline Networking! 5.  Online Networking! 6.  Create Visibility! 7.  Contacting Potential Employers! 8.  Referrals and Connections!
  • 16. About the Author !Ngee Key is a Career Coach, Strategist and Founder of Springboard Talent who helps unhappy employees in corporate to discover meaningful and fulfilling jobs. A former corporate manager for more than a decade, he deeply understands the questions and concerns faced by working professionals. His expertise in personal and business change was developed through many years of professional experiences inside corporations such as Hewlett-Packard and Hewitt Associates (Aon Hewitt).! !You are spending almost 30 years of your life working and I believe they should be rewarding and fulfilling. “Having a career that aligns with your talent, values and passion at its heart is aligning your purpose for being here that you simply must act on it, despite the challenges or worries that hold you back,” says Ngee Key. ! !A world traveler to 22 countries and 60 cities, Ngee Key speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Certified by Career Coach Academy (ICF Accredited, CCMC) under the mentorship of Susan Whitcomb, he have worked with many clients who have faced challenging career decisions you face now and moved them to better, meaningful and fulfilling situations. !
  • 17. Get Connected I hope you enjoyed this e-book and it gives you some food for thought.! If you want to learn more, check out the following. ! To sign up for YourOwn360 Program, Personal Career Coaching! or book Ngee Key for Keynote Speech, please contact him at www.yourown360.com! Connect with Ngee Key! Career Coach, Advisor and Strategist! Founder of Springboard Talent LLP! Creator of YourOwn360 Program! Phone: (65) 91824111! Skype: setfire! Email: ngeekey@springboardtalent.com! LinkedIn: http://sg.linkedin.com/in/ngeekey ! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ngeekey ! Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ngeekey!