IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A ONE-STOP SHOP WITH ALL THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO DRIVE AN EFFECTIVE JOB SEARCH CAMPAIGN TO GROW YOUR CAREER (AND WHO ISN’T?) THEN DEVELOPING YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED JOB SEARCH STRATEGY IS CRITICAL.
Job Search Today: How the Game Has Evolved
There was a time when all you had to worry about was preparing a decent resume and doing some basic networking and you could land a job. Those days are long gone.
Make no mistake: Sending out resumes can still work. But the send-the-resume and pray approach isn’t nearly as effective as it used to be.
Because of online Applicant Tracking Systems (that result in untargeted resumes never reaching a decision maker).
Because of how recruiters search for candidates (nearly all search in LinkedIn).
Because good jobs aren’t plentiful. And even awesome candidates are not getting across the finish line and getting those jobs. Great people are unemployed for months (sometimes upwards of 40 weeks). Are you willing to bet nearly a year’s salary on not having your “A” Game ready?
Today you need to have a focused, targeted resume, use online and social media strategies to leverage your personal brand and get seen, and then you need to convert that into interviews and landing the job.
This guide will help you up your game so you can land your dream job and cut down your search time (because time is money…in your bank account).
The Ultimate List of the
Web’s Best Job Search Resources
From Resume Writing to LinkedIn,
This Guide Has You Covered
Chapter 1: Resume Writing
Chapter 2: Job Search
Chapter 3: Job Sites
Chapter 4: Recruiters
Chapter 5: Social Media
Chapter 6: Networking
Chapter 7: LinkedIn
Chapter 8: Interviewing
Chapter 9: Negotiation
- Personal Branding
- Annual Reviews
- Searching When You Have a Job
- Searching When Unemployed
- Job Hunting for Introverts
- The Emotional Side of Job Hunting
- Additional Resources
Whether you’re creating a resume from scratch or updating your resume or revising it to target a specific job opportunity, we’ve got you covered. You’ll get resume writing tips, what to include and what to leave out, along with samples and guides for key resume sections to make your resume pop.
Maybe you’ve just been laid off, or you’re looking to get promoted or move up outside your current company. But a job search seems like a massive undertaking. Where do you start? How do you move forward quickly? You’ll get the latest job search tips, key steps to take in the process, and a better understanding of what does and does not work in today’s economy and job search process.
You know you need to have a web presence. And you also know that more jobs are being posted on the web, whether job boards, company websites, or through recruiters. You’ll find which websites are the best to start your search with along with how not to trip and stumble along the way.
Recruiters may help your search or hinder it. They can shortcut many of the processes for you and often have jobs they’re actively trying to fill today. But you don’t want to use them as a crutch in your job search. Here’s you’ll find what recruiters look for, how they work. Where they can be found, and insights recruiters typically only share with their recruiter buddies (not with the job searching public).
What about LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc? How do you use social media strategies to your advantage in your job search? We’ll cover LinkedIn extensively in a later chapter. You’ll uncover what you must do with social media and what not to do. Yes, your future employer (or the recruiter or human resources person who’ll be screening you) will be checking your social media sites – either to find you or to screen you out (yes, that party you were at that had your picture end up on Instagram, or the drunk tweet you sent can come back to haunt you). Get social media right and you’ll be on your way.
In sales networking is a way of life. Something that almost comes easy. But for everyone else this can be a challenge you don’t deal with every day. And so it takes having a good wingman along for the ride. These resources below are your wingmen – ready to guide you to developing key connections that will smooth out the bumpy road of your search.
LinkedIn. It can rightly be considered the Holy Grail of job search. From becoming visible (with a knock’em-dead profile) to connecting with future hiring managers (through connections and searching companies and the people who work there) to paid options. LinkedIn has it all. It is a must-know area of job search that you need to get good at. An extensive list that goes deep into many useful LinkedIn subjects are here for you to dive into.
So you made it to the interview. Now what? What about those tricky questions you weren’t prepared for? No need to freak out or not be prepared. We’ve got you covered. From interview tips from the hiring managers themselves, to a complete list of the top interview questions (along with how to answer them).
You nailed the interview! Woo Hoo! Now’s where the rubber meets the road. Negotiating your compensation. What? You thought about accepting their first offer? Think again. Before you say “Yes!” find out the rest of the story. Otherwise you may be leaving money on the table (and it can be tens of thousands of dollars easily).
Bonus: Special Situations and Topics
In this age of social media and rapid job change being the norm rather than the exception, your brand, what you stand for and what you excel in (basically what sets you apart from the competition) is critical to get clear on and be always promoting. Whether that is through blogging, your LinkedIn profile, or the projects you take on in your job, it all reflects on you and demonstrates your expertise (or lack thereof). Why not take control of that marketing opportunity and leverage it into the future?
Every year after year-end you have an opportunity. An opportunity to get feedback from your boss on what he or she views as your strengths and weaknesses.
And how your production for the year did or didn’t benefit the company. Since companies need to generate additional sales from having you on the team that exceed your cost, how well you do that impacts ultimately how much you can earn there.
Whether the process works well or doesn’t you’ll still get feedback you can use. And if you prepare using some of the ideas in these resources, you may find that starts to translate into larger pay raises, bonuses, or opportunities for increased visibility and responsibility through the projects and leadership situations you’re offered.
Searching for the next job while you have one is just smart. But how do you do it without jeopardizing your existing job? And how do you fit all the search work in around your job? Find out how to balance these competing priorities and avoid the landmines along the way.
Being unemployed adds quite a bit more complexity and challenge to the job search process. From how to deal with it effectively on your resume to how to reflect it on LinkedIn, and what to do to keep your job search effective.
Being an introvert might seem to be a handicap in the networking focused strategies most job searchers use. But with the Internet Age and better insights into the strengths you bring to bear, you can convert what might otherwise be a weakness into a strength. Learn how here.
Haven’t landed a job yet? Is it getting you down? Or maybe you’re just preparing for your job search and want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly of what happens in job searches, we’ve got you covered here. From dealing with the stress of the process to how to handle a job loss, you’re carrying a lot on your shoulders. And it can take a toll. Think of this as your personal pick-me-up section.
You made it to the end of this resource guide. I hope you picked up some good insights. It is a lot of information so know you can go back and review it later. Each time you review it or if you’re dealing with a certain aspect of your job search that is more important to you at this time, you’ll find additional insights.
Below you get info about me and how I might be of service to you. And my personal list of books that have helped me hone the job search strategies I’ve found helpful for me and my resume and job search coaching clients.
If you have additional resources you’d recommend, email me.
With over 20 years’ experience managing wireless telecom build-outs for all major U. S. wireless carriers Mike McRitchie takes these experiences, industry connections, and passion and leverages them into helping wireless professionals (and others looking to land technical and management jobs) create kick-butt resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and career plans.
“Job!” is a powerful job search book focusing on providing the reader with the core of what employers want–an expression from the job seeker on what value they will bring to the organization. Information is provided on how to successfully navigate resume filtering software and how to craft a resume that recruiters will appreciate and follow up on. Also included is a chapter introducing you to best practices when utilizing social media in your job search. Samples and examples are included.
This book is written for everyone involved in the hiring process. It will help hiring managers and recruiters find and hire more top-notch people for any job, from entry-level to senior executive. Just as important, it will help job-seekers find better jobs by giving them an inside view of how most companies look for, assess and hire new employees.
You want people to recognize you, like you, and trust you, so they buy from you. Whether you’re in a sales role, you’re an entrepreneur, or you work for a small business – you have to sell YOU.