Successful Job Search

On your mark, Set, Go:
Getting Organized:

Face the facts: Whatever the economy does, chances are excellent that you are not going to stay in your current job for the rest of your life. You may find yourself downsized, right-sized, and re-engineered out of a job well-meaning employer, or you may choose to leap to a different opportunity or even industry.

How to work with executive- search firms:

Employment agencies that specialize in professional, highly skilled, higher-paid positions are called executive-search firms, executive-search consultants, or headhunters. Because they collect a reasonable fee from the company that asks them to fill a specific job, they do not charge job-seekers a fee. They also do not invite walk-in applications, the way agencies for lower-level jobs do.

Contacting a Search Firm:

Even though headhunters live mainly by the "do not call us, we will call you" credo, job-seekers can approach them directly to alert them of their existence. Send a resume with outlining the position, industry, and salary range you prefer, plus the accomplishments that make you stand out others in your firm and industry. Follow-up is not necessary; if headhunters have anything that may be a good fit, they will call you to set up a meeting.

Electronic Job Hunting:

Learn to use the Internet for your job search, and you will be searching for a job electronically and finding lots of information, in no time. Online job-hunting offers fantastic information and opportunities, but there are also drawbacks.

Advantages of online job-hunting:

You can review hundreds of job listings.
You can post your resume to potential employers through an executive search consultant.
You can have suitable job listings e-mailed to you as they are posted online after you compose a profile of what you are looking for.
You can read articles on job-hunting and career-management strategies, and learn how to build a resume online.

How to write a resume that is a grabber:

Knowing that the average resume is glanced at for only 7 to 10 seconds should wonderfully focus you mind to write a resume that will so fascinate the interviewer that he or she will be encouraged to linger, and invite you in an interview to hear more. Above all, you need to grab the reader's attention.

What resume should do and be:

Emphasize your qualifications-not just your experience-for the job.
Your qualifications are your accomplishments, measurable result related to employers' dearly beloved goals and any recognition in your past jobs.

Emphasize abilities and talents, instead of listing duties in a humming manner.
Distinguish yourself from your competitors. Did you initiate and carry out more ideas, were you more thorough, did you supervise more people or staffers more effectively, was your division more profitable than others in the company?

Be clear and easy to read.
Use short punchy sentences and bulleted points, put the most important first in a list pr paragraph, and use a layout which uses various design elements to separate and emphasize information.

Position yourself in the way you want to be positioned.
Do you look like a self-starting idea person, or do you yourself as a hard-working team member with excellent interpersonal and communication skills? Does a sense of your personality and individual style come across-or could your resume pass for those of hundreds of other people with the same job? Your resume is your sales brochure; make it market you the way you want to be marketed.

Focus on employer needs, not your own.
Make it easy for the customer to buy as they say in the sales fields. Strip your resume of company and industry jargon so the reader can see what you really did in your job and why it should matter to him or her.

How to guarantee a Successful Interview:

The interview can put more fear into the heart of a tepid job seeker than nearly anything else, if the interviewee is unprepared, unsure of their own qualifications, or just over-anxious. However, there are loss of ways to overcome the 2interviewing jitters" and ensure that you are putting your best face forward in this crucial part of the application process.

To make the most of an interview as a persuasion opportunity and surpass your competitors for the job, you need remind at the followings.

1.Know your qualifications.

  • Accomplishments or honors
  • Challenges or adversities that you overcome
  • Ability to work alone with minimal direction
  • How your qualifications stack up, one by one, against the job requirements.

Always remember: You will be hired because an employer needs you, not because you need a job to support yourself and your family or deserve a more stimulating job. Too many applicants with a strong sense of entitlement focus too much on themselves and not enough on the interviewer, failing to realize simple truth.

2.Sound natural and spontaneous
Do not memorize answers to these questions, or you will sound robot-like and as though you are reading from a script. Practice answering questions and offering backup for your qualifications ―accomplishments, challenges overcome, reasons why the company should hire you, why you are leaving your job, examples of teamwork and working alone ,and so on-so that you sound natural and spontaneous.

3.Positive Thinking
The mind is a very powerful thing, but it can work either for you or against you.
With good, solid preparation and practice, you have every reason to expect a positive outcome. So relax and have a good dialogue with the interviewer, addressing confidently and calmly any concerns that come up. Take several deep breaths just before your interview, feeling anxiety and doubts drain from your body. Sit up straight. shoulders back, and notice how you seem more confident. Feel calm, at peace, and centered, not scattered.

Ways to upsize your career in a downsizing market.

1.Update your skills

  • Being computer-literate.
  • Writing, speaking, and editing clearly and effectively.
  • Managing projects with deadlines.
  • Leading and motivating others.
  • Managing budgets.
  • Teaching or training.
  • Negotiating and persuading.
  • Organizing and coordinating information and resources.

2.Become an expert

  • Study for advanced degree ,such as an MBA or Ph.D., if your field requires it for advancement.
  • Take advantage of all company training programs you are eligible for

3.Market yourself

  • Document all your work-related accomplishments.
  • Volunteer for visible projects at work.
  • Be able to explain your skills, strength, and accomplishments clearly and concisely.
  • Do more than the tasks in your job description.

4.Set goals and priorities

  • Plan and write down long-term and short-term goals and priorities for both your current job and overall career to make results happen. In your job, set long-term goals based on what your company and/or clients value and need; then work backward and break them into specific, bite-size steps.
  • Everyone needs a goal in life!
  • A study of Harvard University alumni found that a decade after graduation,83 percent had no goals,14percent had unwritten goals, and only 3 percent had written goals. The 14 percent with goals who were earning salaries were making about three tomes as much as the 83 percent who did not have any goals. The 3 percent with written goals were making 10 times as much as those who did not have goals.

5.Be flexible

  • Flexibility is probably the major trait demanded by today's restructured, downsized, reengineered workplace, in which change is occurring at the speed of light. Be open to change of all sorts―changes in your job description, company priorities, work style, management terms, and skills. Respond well to change ,instead of seeing it as being threatening and disruptive, and without grumbling and mumbling, "It is not my job."
    Realize that you always have multiple options, and that you, yourself, can change career direction as well as a company can. Up the ladder in your company is not the only direction to go. You can work for a different division or in a city of for your employer, or work for clients, vendors, suppliers, or companies specializing in a certain niche of your industry.