Create a Road Map for a Successful Job Search

By Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC – GetInterviews.com

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Today’s job searches are taking longer to produce results than even a year ago. But that reality doesn’t have to put a damper on your campaign to land that plum position! Stack the odds in your favor by creating an effective road map that covers all the best job search strategies.

First Impressions

Begin the journey with a professional cover letter and resume. You want to engage hiring managers and build interest in you as a viable candidate. That first impression can become a wave you ride into the interview room. Carry that professional image through in every interaction you have within your network or with any representatives of the companies you contact. Meet every deadline. Arrive early for any type of appointment. Be prompt and courteous. Above all, behave professionally.

Actions Speak Loudly

Follow up with hiring managers to produce results long after the first contact you have with a company. You might call to be sure your resume has been received or to inquire as to the need for additional information. Sending a thank-you note following an interview is par for the course, but also send one to acknowledge any assistance you received, such as to the contact who helped get your resume to the right individual. Even if you don’t land an interview initially, state your intent to touch base periodically. See this as part of your network building. By sharing the latest industry information or just chatting informally, you can turn these contacts into enjoyable social encounters. Your persistence and interest in the company are communicated by consistent actions, which carry much more weight than empty words.

Network Effectively

Take advantage of job fairs, community gatherings, and professional organization events to keep your finger on the pulse of local and national job markets. Not only are these excellent opportunities to network, but also to understand movement in key positions at companies of interest. Consistent networking, even if you aren’t actively looking for work, can lay the foundation for subsequent job searches. Read local business publications to stay on top of regional business news and opportunities. You may discover new businesses before they open where you can submit an early resume ahead of the competition.

Do What You Love

Professional passion and interest in your field of work cannot be overrated. Only you can determine whether this is the time to follow your heart and create a new direction in your career or if it’s better to stick with a sure thing. Though family and financial obligations may be pressing you in one direction, if you are unhappy in your current situation, it may be negatively affecting your overall quality of life as well as your job search. Although it may seem like a bit of a detour, review what makes you happy and do what you can to increase a sense of meaning and satisfaction in your life. Believe it or not, that kind of energy can also fuel your job search forward.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you are continually looking for opportunities and feel stymied by the lack of results. The sheer number of job listings and sites makes the job search feel even more challenging. Realize it is not necessary to mobilize every strategy in your job search road map at the same time. Keep diligent records of your job search and organize contacts so you don’t inadvertently duplicate your efforts. You may also use a spreadsheet for usernames and passwords to various job sites.

Pick Up the Phone

Use the resources available to you. Call the new company in town and introduce yourself. Share your interest in the company, but more importantly, use your elevator speech to broadcast your skills and value. Follow up with a resume. Ask for a meeting. Give hiring managers good directions in identifying your strengths and linking those to the needs of the company.

Work to gain clarity in your job search for greater effectiveness and consistent progress on the journey. Target positions and employers you are interested in and systematically follow your road map for success!

About the Author: Alesia Benedict, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of GetInterviews.com, the country’s leading resume writing firm. They provide professionals with customized, branded resumes and career marketing documents. Her and her firm’s credentials include being cited by JIST Publications as one of the “best resume writers in North America,” quoted as a career expert in The Wall Street Journal, and published in a whopping 25+ career books. Established in 1994, the firm has aided more than 100,000 job seekers to date. All resume writers are certified writers. GetInterviews.com offers a free resume critique and their services come with a wonderful guarantee — interviews in 30 days or they’ll rewrite for free!

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Apparent Lack of Interest in the Actual Job

You may be sitting there thinking, “There’s no way I showed any shortage of interest during that job interview, I was exuding enthusiasm for that position.”  While that may be true, if hiring managers sense that you’re extremely keen on getting any job, not specifically the one they’re offering, they may decide to pass on you.  They want to ensure that you have a genuine interest in joining their company in this role, to know that you are a great fit and will do the job well.  If your interviewers perceive that you are anxious to land whatever job comes along, they might assume that you aren’t particularly interested in what they have to offer.  Counter this assumption by asking relevant questions during the interview, and by speaking intelligently about the position.

Someone Within the Company Filled the Role

Sometimes, in the midst of the hiring process, a candidate who already works for the company will come along. Or a current employee of the company will refer a friend for the open position.  Unfortunately, no matter how well you hit it off with the hiring manager during the interview, the company is more likely to go with a candidate who already works within the organization and knows the ropes; or a candidate that another colleague vouched for.  While there isn’t much you can do when this happens, try to nip this problem in the bud by networking with individuals in the company beforehand, so that you have a leg up as well.

The Job Description Changed

This tends to happen more with newly created positions.  As hiring managers are interviewing candidates and determining the logistics of the new position, they sometimes realize that the duties or qualifications required for the job may have changed.  While you may have been the ideal candidate at the time you interviewed, it’s possible that the job description changed even a few days later.  Again, there is not much you can do here, but if you know that you are interviewing for a new position, stress your ability to learn and adapt quickly, and your eagerness to catch up in the areas where you may be lacking a bit.

Don’t take it personally when a great interview doesn’t turn into a job.  Chances are, you will never really know the exact reason why you were not selected.  The best you can do is to take what you can from the experience, brush off the loss, and move on to the next opportunity!

Good luck,

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