Written by Michelle Soracco
Absolutely fabulous Absolutely Abby is on a mission to help 1 million job seekers get back to work. She used to drive in her RV, but now flies and speaks pro bono at job support groups all over the country. Her Career Wake Up calls have inspired me and countless others to keep job hunting, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Today’s presentation is 9 ways to “Take Your Job Search By Storm”:
- Be Perceptive: #1 job search fact – There are very few facts about the job search. For example, there are no authorities on how many pages your resume can be; Abby’s resume is 3 pages long. Do what works for you and your industry.
- Be Prepared: Using Linkedin, Facebook, Google, and your network, research the company and the people you’re interviewing with. Bring up any similarities to build rapport. Personalize your answer as to why you want to work at the company. People who have personal reasons for working at a particular company tend to stay longer. Prepare for behavioral questions using 10 positive and negative stories, memorizing one word for each story to help you. Memorize your answers to the top 12 HR questions to get past recruiters. See Abby’s book “Top 12 Interview Questions” for help with these questions.
- Be Prudent: Complaining is contagious. Don’t complain about anything (weather, Trump, sports teams, religion, politics, job/boss,resume- anything!) unless only your pets can hear you! Fake it ’til you make it, if necessary. Abby shared funny, real-life typos. My favorite: “Seeking a salary commiserate (instead of commensurate) with my experience.”
- Be Persistent: Set goals you can reach; e.g. meet one new person at Career Connectors today. Don’t stop your job search because you have an offer; keep searching just in case something happens, like funding gets pulled before you start (this is real—it’s happened to me). Leave your house—get out and network. Career Connectors is a good start, but don’t stop there. Apply for the job if you are 65% qualified. Hiring managers feel like they can be picky since it’s an employer’s market, but they usually hire someone who’s the best cultural fit, not the most qualified.
- Be Picturesque: LinkedIn profiles with professional photos get 14x more views than those without, so that cute photo of you and your dog won’t work unless you’re a vet or a dog trainer. Abby shared some funny profile photos, all of which were actually used on LinkedIn. Pro tip: wear a swatch of the company’s color in a visible location when you go for the interview.
- Be Predominant: Recruiters still use job boards, such as Monster, Career Builder and Indeed. Refresh your resume once a week on Sunday, and let the recruiters find you.
- Be Pliable: Become a coach by deciding what kind of coach you are, and looking for clients. Write a book. It can be self-published, be a children’s book, or be a blank gag book called “Everything Men Know About Women,” which bought product placement at Barnes and Noble and sold like hotcakes.
- Be Pleased: You may not have a job right now, but be grateful for the many things that you do have. After Hurricane Sandy, many people were without food, water and shelter. Make a list of 10 things you’re grateful for, read it in the morning and at night before bed. This will help reduce the effects of the job search emotional roller coaster.
- Be Patient: We’re ALL going to land; the only questions are when and where. Keep that in mind and keep going!
Dexcom manufactures a bluetooth-enabled continuous glucose monitoring system. Its employees are passionate about helping people with diabetes. The FDA has just approved their device that requires only 2 finger sticks a day; it has also been approved for Medicare. They are hiring right now for customer ops (inside sales) and technical support, for a 4-1-2017 start date.
Clique is passionate about finding the right fit for both their client companies and job seeking clients. They are a placement firm with clients like Tesla and Disney. At the moment, they are looking for a Credit Representative (collections) which will pay $40K plus benefits. There is a $500 referral fee to the person who refers whoever gets hired. Clique believes in paying for referrals.
State Farm is family-oriented place to work with great benefits. Part-time employees get full time benefits. State Farm still has pensions, which start after 1 year and vest at 5 years. Their new Marina Link facility will be a learning and networking center for both State Farm employees and the public. There is a career fair on Thursday, January 26th at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe from 9am – 2pm. They are looking for IT people with Java experience, as well as people bilingual in Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
Sheila thanked all of the volunteers and partners for helping making this event a success. Join the Career Connectors LinkedIn group–Sheila’s mission is to make it into the top 10 LinkedIn groups in Phoenix (we are very close!).
All military and veterans, including spouses, are invited to the free Military Career Event on February 22 10am-1pm at North Phoenix Baptist Church Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ, for a free networking and hiring event.
Abby Kohut’s topic on February 1 in North Phoenix is “Exposing the Hidden Job Market.” Register here.