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Seven Mistakes That Can Sink Your Job Search Visualcv

  2. 2. About Abby Locke <ul><li>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 , , and the Society for Human Resource Management . </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>Contact her at [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Visit her websites: </li></ul><ul><li> – Executive Resume Writing & Career Coaching </li></ul><ul><li> – Job Search & Career Transition Coaching / FastTrack Career Transition Mastermind </li></ul>
  3. 3. MISTAKE #1 – The Renegade <ul><li>Automatically jumping into “career hunter” mode and executing an array of job search activities without a structured plan or process </li></ul><ul><li>Going after any opportunity that looks good regardless of career background or experience and not focused on long-term career goal </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping ideal job objectives too broad and general </li></ul>
  4. 4. SOLUTIONS <ul><li>Create a targeted, structured job search marketing plan and multifaceted campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a clear job or position in mind identified by title and function </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a list of target companies, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have salary requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline a “must-have” job profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine geographic location </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop a system to organize job search activities to monitor progress, celebrate successes, and analyze failures. </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicate 30 - 40 hours per week if you are unemployed and 15 -20 hours if you are employed </li></ul>
  5. 5. MISTAKE #2 – The Internet Addict <ul><li>Heavy dependence on the internet job search technique that include commercial career sites like Monster, Hotjobs, Careerbuilder etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Spending more that 20 hours a weekly research new job listings and sending online resume, and completing company applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Posting resume and personal profiles at career and executive recruiter sites and waiting for “hits” </li></ul>
  6. 6. SOLUTIONS <ul><li>Engage in a wide variety of job search activities that best suit your job search needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in in-person and online networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop direct mail and email campaigns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage executive recruiters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend career fairs and trade shows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use online and print business and industry publications to monitor your target companies – pay close attention to expansions and internal promotions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Google alerts and news feeds for your target companies </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. MISTAKE #3 – The Resume Blaster <ul><li>Depending on resume blasting programs and mass e-mailings to reach key decision makers and specialty recruiters. </li></ul><ul><li>Sending in numerous applications for the same position at one company OR applying for 200 positions at the same company. </li></ul><ul><li>Bombarding network contacts and referrals with several versions of your existing resume </li></ul>
  8. 8. SOLUTIONS <ul><li>Having a targeted, well researched job search campaign is the way to go </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid massive resume blasting programs because they are often screened as spam mail and end up in the trash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You may start getting tons of phone calls for positions that you are not interested in or ones that you are overqualified for </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember – a narrow, specified target helps you to develop a more reliable, effective job search plan. </li></ul>
  9. 9. MISTAKE #4 – The Online Phobic <ul><li>Being highly resistant, suspicious or avoidant of any online social networking activities </li></ul><ul><li>Have no online or digital presence – you don’t exist except on your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Uncomfortable with participating in online forums, company blogs, discussions groups, etc </li></ul>
  10. 10. SOLUTIONS <ul><li>Potential employers and recruiters like to solicit “passive” candidates and conduct online searches before contacting qualified candidates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop an online presence through LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Visual CV, and online career portfolio or even a blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. MISTAKE #5 – The Tunnel Visionary <ul><li>Only using a flat, one-dimensional executive resume to serve all job search tactics </li></ul><ul><li>Not being fully aware of the main audiences and channels that your resume and other career marketing documents will need to go through </li></ul><ul><li>Lacking a complete portfolio that will best demonstrate and highlight key aspects of your career and related career achievements </li></ul>
  12. 12. SOLUTIONS <ul><li>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: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A standard two-to-three page executive resume depending on your career background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A networking resume for introductions, referrals, and in-person networking events. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A critical leadership initiatives or accomplishment summary document ideal for interview preparation and as a leave behind. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career biography for recruiters and networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VisualCV or online portfolio to boost your online presence </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. MISTAKE #6 – The Recluse <ul><li>Conducting a job search campaign in a vacuum without additional support or feedback from others </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming victim to negative self talk, wallowing in depression, and feeling alone and isolated in the job search process </li></ul><ul><li>Not keeping abreast of industry trends or new skills required in the marketplace </li></ul>
  14. 14. SOLUTIONS <ul><li>Whether you are in active job search mode or not, you should always have an eye on long time career management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore advanced educational and certification, and training opportunities to make sure that your skills and capabilities remain current with market transitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Internet to find free or low-cost online training programs and seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend local professional association events and training programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek out mentors who can help you in job search and long-term career planning </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. MISTAKE #7 – The Introvert <ul><li>Limiting any extensive networking or socializing events during unemployment period </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling uncomfortable going to in-person events that will expose unemployment status and being afraid to ask for referrals </li></ul><ul><li>Not using a reliable method to expand network and gain new contacts through both in-person and online strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Dismissing current technologies and tools that would allow you to market yourself to a wider audience </li></ul>
  16. 16. SOLUTIONS <ul><li>More than 85-90% of high paying job opportunities are NOT advertised </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While networking does not reap instant rewards or job offers, it MUST be an active and ongoing aspect of your executive job search campaign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join alumni groups, professional associations, industry and affinity groups, chamber of commerce and start meeting new people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a networking plan and be clear on what you what to get from each meeting and what you are willing to give </li></ul></ul>