A job hunter’s focus is to create interviewing opportunities to quickly get back to work. My mission as a career coach is to recommend proactive, productive, and proven strategies to strengthen your candidacy and shorten your search time. Together, we fine tune your search activities to get you hired.
Many talented candidates automatically and indefinitely blast out resumes to employers and friends, and that’s where their energies end. When they fail to introduce and market themselves directly to hiring managers, how successful can their passive search be in selling their leadership skills? These candidates are baffled that interviews aren’t pouring in.
Are you one of these highly motivated, talented job seekers eager to find a great opportunity but experiencing lackluster results? Job hunting tasks can quickly become a frustrating energy drain when a job offer isn’t in sight. How do you generate great results? Who’s responsible for your getting you hired?
Getting students engaged is a big challenge that social networks, job boards, and most web-based student-career planning platforms haven’t figured out. While it’s the career networking silver-bullet for professionals, LinkedIn really isn’t the right tool for students – many of whom don’t use it in the first place – either because it’s intimidating, too professional, or not designed for the type of networking that students really need or want to do.
We need to take a step back and recognize that while the world of work has changed dramatically, it’s not the students who need to change – it’s we who need to adapt. Students coming into today’s workforce came into the world with cellphones in-hand, most don’t know a world without Facebook and Twitter, and some are only a handful of years older than the original iPhone. They rarely bother to read instructions that come with anything electronic, and they certainly mastered every Facebook and Twitter feature in less time than it took you to read this post. So why would they want to be taught how to network and how to job search?
Scroll through your social network contact list with the following question in mind: “How many of these people really know me, know what I do, and know what I’m interested in?” It’s a question that puts things in perspective – and it makes us realize that knowing lots of people doesn’t always mean that these people really know you. It’s not size of your network that counts, it’s the quality of the relationships that matters most – and while knowing the right people helps, having the right people know you is what will open the most doors.
Have you repeatedly found yourself up against the same wall in your career with no way to get over it? Often, the advice of a mentor can help you understand what’s missing in your motivation or skillset to get ahead, he or she can help you avoid missteps that slow your career growth, or just serve as a confirmation that you’re on the right path.