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Job Search 2017
I started working on this idea of Job Search 2017 back during the very first meetings of Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA at the River Edge NJ Library in January 2011.
I have incorporated all my knowledge gained through my "real world" experience cumulated during 40 years working in several different industries and various sizes of companies.
The knowledge learning in the founding and leading the growth of Neighbors -helping-Neighbors USA organization into a nationally and international respected organization has provided me with professional contacts with the top government officials, top consultants, career experts and subject matter experts in job search, workforce, education and other organizations that are have a stakeholders in this space.
Incorporating Professional Social media and technology to deliver this program is also essential to the participants success, and the volunteer leadership that is learned, practiced and perfected in leading weekly support and networking chapters of NhN is very important to their success.
Great professional development for workforce and career development professionals.
4 week class cycles starting in Feb 4, 2017
Articles and Resources
Job Candidates :
My experience with founding and leading the growth of NhN since 2011 has proven to me and to the 555+ success stories of NhN that meeting groups work and augment your job search success. There are many different types of groups that exist across the country each lead by people for different reasons and purposes. I have may many contacts across the country with all types of groups structures. What is key is that you are not alone and working together with others has been proven very effective.
Networking groups have been around for over a hundred years. Rotary Clubs began in the early 1900’s. Women’s Clubs formed during the late 1800s. While the primary goal of such groups was service to others, you can be sure that relationships formed benefited everyone involved.
So what’s new? Due to the economic calamity unfolding since last (2008), with huge job losses and downsizings, the primary goal of networking has become finding a job and helping others find a job. This has created an interesting surge in micro-groups: small, local, often church-based groups, started in many cases by people who are themselves looking for work, staffed by committed volunteers, operating on tiny or zero budgets, but with hearts overflowing with concern for others.
Knowing that many of these groups are quite young, and knowing that many more are about to pop up like mushrooms, we gathered together the following wisdom. Think of this as a set of guidelines we hope will be helpful to you when you join, or start, a local support group. Let us know if this helps you. Our contact info is at the end.
Join local job search clubs or groups for peer interaction and sharing of job search strategies.
Contracting, Entrepreneurship, Freelancing, Gig Economy and building a professional practice
Experts are predicting that the the US economy will continue to shift to a contractor economy. Some predict by 2020 the contractor positions vs full time jobs vs will be as high as 40-50% of total jobs. This is all due to the trend of companies reducing costs and becoming more flexible with their employment costs.
Contracting, Freelancing, Entrepreneurship or building a professional practice.
We face an economy today that is increasingly moving to a “contractor/services economy” that is employment workforce in more flexible ways with less commitment and less stability. This is an effect of technology, globalization and a change in the employer/employee relationship.
The risk gap between corporate jobs and entrepreneurism has closed as corporate jobs are not as safe as they once were and jobs are lasting a much shorter time. You just need to again assess that you have the personality and the skills to be in your own business.
• Did You Know 2016
Interesting facts about Digital World and Information Technology (IT) evolution and the changes in society.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqZiIO0YI7Y 6:56 minutes
Meanwhile, workers around the world are seeking new ways to leverage their existing. Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them. What will future jobs look like?
https://youtu.be/cXQrbxD9_Ng 14:25 minutes
Scientists tell us that uncertainty is stressful because it keeps people in a constant state of heightened awareness. The human body performs best when it has some idea of what to expect. When it's kept guessing, it can never settle down to an optimally effective strategy for action. During your transition, you may experience what is often referred to an "Emotional Roller Coaster," based on how you view your situation at any particular moment in time.
Advise that some may not actually get on this roller coaster. Others ride it through one time and jump off at relief. Still others may find they move back and forth through these emotions.
Emotions are an inherent part of change and transition. They cannot be skipped and should not be stuffed. Creativity and growth are also part of this process.
Stress management is within the control of the participant. Accepting responsibility for self-management is the first step in regaining a sense of control overall.
Difficult situations become easier when we talk about them and practice dealing with them. Such practice prepares the participant to handle any situation which may occur.
The job market and the process to find jobs has greatly evolved and changed over the past 5 10 to 15 years. You must understand the dynamics of today’s job search market and not just apply old techniques to your new job search campaign. The economy is very different and the way companies are bottom line short term focused is a factor you need to understand and have a strategy to deal with it.
The stress of this process is very intense and you need to manage that so you can be effective in all your interactions with key players in your efforts to landing your new job.
Technology, globalization and changes in corporate cultures and financial focus has changed the job market forever. The shift of jobs from full time with benefits to temporary and contract is a trend that is growing and continuing to grow. You cannot ignore this as a way back to work. For many this could be the perfect time to start your own business and sell your years of expertise you have accumulated and used in your corporate life.
The past several years have seen the emergence of several forces that are changing industries and organizations at an accelerating pace. From technology disruptions and globalization to the changing expectations of the incoming workforce to a sometimes bewildering series of mergers and acquisitions, the demands of constant change have become ubiquitous for many organizations.
In response, many organizations have formalized change management, the management of change and development within a business or similar organization, in order to increase the likelihood of success. In addition, new collaboration and learning technologies are creating opportunities for leveraging Learning & Development (L&D) earlier in the change process to educate employees about change, build buy-in and prepare employees for the change to come.
Globalization and Technology have changed economy permanently
Article : When Every Company Is a Tech Company, Does the Label Matter?
· Personal Self-Assessment Job Search Tools
· Peer Assessment ( feedback at local networking and support groups)
· Professional Assessment Testing
Work into your resume what you learn from these tests. 16 personalities is free and based on the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
These preferences were extrapolated by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung, and first published in his 1921 book Psychological Types. Jung theorized that there are four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. One of these four functions is dominant most of the time.
Free Self Test - 16 Personalities: http://www.16personalities.com
Learning how to use an effective Career Planning model incorporating ideas about what you will do, geographic considerations and what compensation you are seeking.
Emphasize “Who I am, not what I am” and what I can do” to incorporate “What I did”. Assessing interests, values and preferences (Personal assessment / taking stock)
Evaluating Career options, Assessing the job market, targeted jobs, employers or industries in the changing market)
oin Industry specific groups/associations to continue to build your network and to stay abreast with what is going on in your industry. Join all trade magazine sites for your field.
Go to your local DOL and Unemployment/One Stop office and speak to a counselor about what they can offer you to assist with job search (ex: resume writing session, technology classes, etc...) and sign up for all available offerings
Go to your local library and speak to the Library Director about available hard copy and electronic tools available for your job search.
Use your networking and LinkedIn to find a mentor from the industry you want to work in.
Consider working with a Career Coach (fee based) if you can afford it. Make sure that coach has proper credentials, and seek out references from people who have used them.
The Pygmalion effect, or Rosenthal effect, is what psychologists consider a form of 'self-fulfilling prophecy'. It is a theory showing that people will often end up behaving in the way that others had expected them to when the subject has been repeatedly exposed those the others expectations about them. This effect can have both positive and negative outcomes. This is an introduction to the seminal study by Robert Rosenthal that shows this phenomenon.
Prepare a Resume
(Use resources from web site or hire a professional if you can afford to.)
Use the assessment tests to determine your career direction
(A clear understanding of your skills and those that companies need)
Make your resume file title your name as it is easier for people to find you in their computer files (Jane_Doe Resume.doc or just Jane Doe.doc)
Networking is the best way to find a job, because the vast majority of job vacancies are never advertised; they’re filled by word of mouth. What is meant by networking? Networking is nothing more or less than getting to know people. Although you may not realize it, you’re already networking every day and everywhere you go.
Adopting a networking lifestyle will help you find the right job and making valuable connections in your chosen field. It will also help you to stay focused and motivated during your job search.
Don’t be generic when looking for job leads. Your networking is going to be much more effective if you have specific career goals or employers in mind. Using a line like: “Please let me know if you hear of anything” is of no use, even if you might think that setting such a wide target may bring in the jobs – it won’t. Asking for specific information, or job leads is much more focused and easier for the networking contact.
Prepare a Target List of – establish distances from home, industries, company names, do research on them, bring list to weekly meetings so you can talk from it. (Candidate Networking Profile)
Create a LinkedIn profile and connect with your professional colleagues and other NhN members to build your network. (Once you do, join the Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA LinkedIn Group) also join other job search groups in your area.
Create a profiles on www.LinkedIn.com , www.Monster.com , Careerbuilders.com, glassdoor.com, simplyhired.com, specialized industry sites i.e. dice for technology positions www.dice.com
Consider setting up a Job Alert with Indeed.com, , which culls jobs you specify from all sorts of job boards, including Monster and Careerbuilder set up on your specific industry boards.
Visit www.jobs411.org for large list of job search resource links all listed in one place.
Is a marketing document one page you prepare to leave behind with people you have networked with and giving a overview of your job targets. This document should continuously evolve but it allows your contact to have information at hand that would not be remembers just from the networking contact you had with the person. The more focused you are with your networking profile the easier it will be for someone to help you make connections with the opportunities arise.
Here’s how to make an elevator pitch for your elevator pitch:
See Job Search Tools
1. Start with a verbal slap.
Most people answer the “What do you do?” question with a single, predictable sentence: “I am an architect.” But the human brain only pays attention to interesting things. If you want to be interesting, you need to stand out. Giving them a verbal slap in the face helps break the patterned thought process that made them ask the question in the first place.
2. Then ask a problem question.
Once you’ve verbally shaken them awake, your next goal is to pose a problem that you suspect they will identify with. This must be spoken as a question. Questions have always been, and always will be, far more engaging than statements.
3. Go to the noddable.
A noddable is an inspirational or wise quote that is so catchy and agreeable, it gets just about everyone nodding. People will agree with these so strongly that they may even let an audible “Mmm!” or an “Amen!” escape their lips. For example: “We’re more connected than ever, but yet … more disconnected than ever.” For additional rapport points, try this advanced technique: pause after the word “yet.” This allows your listener’s own brain to fill in the punchline even before you say it.
4. Finish with the curiosity statement.
This is where you pretend to answer the “what do you do?” question. However, your answer will only want to make them ask another question. Here’s the simple formula for a good curiosity statement:
“I help/teach ______ (ideal client) to ________ (feature) so they can _______ (benefit).”
The last thing you want to do is to make a potential client feel like he’s being pitched to. If you get the sense that it’s turning into a commercial instead of a conversation, then you’re doing it wrong. Stop pitching and ask another question.
When you get into a networking situation you need to be able to quickly and concisely tell the other person who you are and what your job goals are and how they can help you with networking towards those goals. You want to leave that person no matter how short of a time with a memory of you and where they would reach out for you should they come across something that you are interested in.
Prepare both a 30 second and a 2-minute written "Elevator Pitch" to share and practice with your friends/family/colleagues/and job search weekly meeting members.
Order personal business cards for networking use (Suggested sources: Vistaprint.com - office supply stores or local printers)
LinkedIn as a tool
1. Define Your Job Search Strategy The first step is to define your strategy. Here are some ways you can do that:
Define your target market Before you can structure your job search, you have to define what kinds of positions you will search for – the titles, levels of roles, industries, and types of companies you will pursue. At this stage, you should also be defining your preferred geographic areas and commute ranges.
Clarify your search goals and timeline When do you hope to land your new role? Is your expectation realistic and achievable? If you want to generate one or more job offers by a particular date, it will be imperative to plan backward to ensure your search is generating enough contacts and opportunities to make that happen.
Determine if the market you’re targeting aligns with your goals and timeline On average, it takes seven job interviews to produce one job offer, and 200-300 targeted opportunities to generate those seven interviews. This means that you need to have a minimum of 200-300 prospects to pursue in your search to be likely to catalyze interview invitations.
Choose and prioritize your job search methodologies There are five primary job search methodologies to leverage in your search. Which of them best match your career goals, personality, target industries, and available search time?
2. Build Your Career Communications Portfolio Step two is to build your communications portfolio. Here are some tips:
Select your career communications tools based on your job search strategyOnce your job search methodologies are clarified, you’re ready to choose the career communications tools you will need. A new resume (why a resume isn’t an effective networking tool) and LinkedIn profile are practically must-haves, but you may also need a bio or marketing brief for networking, one or more cover letters, or supplementary tools such as an interview PowerPoint presentation.
Define your career brand In today’s tight global economy, your career brand is more important than ever before. Detail yours and share it appropriately in each career communications tool you use in your search. Make sure you adapt your brand for usage in each tool in different ways.
Delineate and quantify your career achievements Achievements are a necessity in resumes; without them, your document is incomplete. Remember that achievements are best highlighted in specific ways that detail the situation or problem you faced, the actions you took to resolve the situation, and the quantifiable results you achieved in doing so.
Determine which key words to infuse in your career communications tools Keywords vary from industry to industry and role to role. As a result, you must tailor your resume for each new position you pursue with relevant key words. Additionally, your LinkedIn profile must be infused with key words.
Choose visual branding in alignment with your target market and career goals Your personal brand can and should be conveyed in your career communications tools in words, but don’t overlook visual elements as well. Visual branding refers to the use of color and formatting in your resume that makes it unique.
3. Implement Your Job Search Strategy The third and final step is to implement your strategy. Here are some ways to get this step done:
Create a weekly job search implementation plan with metrics An effective job search plan needs clear metrics to help fuel week-over-week achievement. If you’re approaching the 200-300 targets suggested above, consider breaking that total down into weekly sub-goals that will allow you to exhaust your list in 3 to 6 months.
Craft a weekly LinkedIn action plan with metrics May I suggest doing the same thing with LinkedIn? It’s easy to overlook such features as company targeting, group discussion posts, and status updates, but each of these options can help supercharge your search when leveraged fully and consistently.
Analyze your job search implementation monthly and revamp as needed By setting metrics to pursue in your search you can evaluate how it’s unfolding. Without metrics, you won’t know how to analyze your progress or identify aspects of your search that need improvement.
Perhaps most importantly, a job search plan such as this one helps you to reassess your progress at periodic intervals. If you find yourself getting too few interviews of job offers, for example, don’t wait – get help from a Job Search Coach.
Prepare a written list of 6-10 "STAR" or “SOAR” Stories (Accomplishments you can talk about during an interview - Situation/Obstacle/Action/Results) and memorize them for use during interviews
Create a professional email address for yourself and use it exclusively for your job search (ex: JaneDoe@gmail.com or JohnDoe@yahoo.com)
Consider changing your home and cell phone voicemail messages to be more professional (like it was as if someone was calling your office)