Written by: Connie Huber PHR SHRM-CP
JOB SEEKER: “Magic 8 Ball, Magic 8 Ball, when will I find a job?”
MAGIC 8 BALL: “Concentrate and ask again.”
During our transition, one of the consistent themes heard among job seekers is “How long have you been out of work?” Most of us know eventually we will find a job. Unfortunately, magic 8 balls, horoscopes, fortune tellers, your Mom/Dad and your spouse cannot predict when you will secure a new position. As a result, professionals seeking new opportunities are anxious to come to an end in their job search and move on in their new role.
Get the Job Fast – Find a Great New Job in Half the Time!
Like most of us in career transition, Dave has also found himself unemployed due to today’s workforce challenges. Fortunately for us, Dave shared with us what has worked for him to find a new job in half the time. His key take-aways include:
• Being fired/laid-off SUCKS.
• Looking for jobs online SUCKS.
• Very few alternatives.
• Stop complaining, whining and moaning!
• HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT!
TIP #1: GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!
WHY? You maintain a working routine. It promotes socialization, and STOPS THE VOICES!
WHERE SHOULD YOU GO? Coffee house. Restaurant. Library. ANYWHERE WITH INTERNET!
TIP #2: HANG OUT WITH EMPLOYED PEOPLE!
Hanging out with employed professionals leads to learning about current and future openings. Career transition groups are also beneficial.
TIP #3: START ATTENDING MORE NETWORKING EVENTS
Employed people hang out at networking events. To learn of Phoenix networking events & groups at Networking Phoenix.
WHERE SHOULD YOU GO?
Chamber of Commerce: Most Chambers allow attending 2-3 times before being asked to join. Associations. Business groups. Networking groups. Career transition groups.
SPECIAL NOTE: Networking and prospecting are done at events. The more people you tell you are looking for work or talk to will accelerate your efforts in finding a job faster.
SUGGESTIONS for attending events: Show up early. Bring business cards. Know what you want. ASK FOR HELP!
HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT?
TIP #4: When attending events, STOP LOOKING FOR A JOB!
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Work on Likeability and Commonality. These traits are the foundation in life and the key to everything!
LIKEABILITY includes: Smile. Be genuine. Be interested, not interesting. By being interested it will increase your odds to get a job.
COMMONALITY could come through: hometown, hobbies, school, family, friends, favorites.
“WHO DO YOU KNOW?”
Be as specific as possible. There is such a thing as 6-degree of separation. According to Wikipedia, it is “the theory that everyone and everything is 6 or fewer steps, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world so that a chain of ‘a friend of a friend’ statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of 6 steps.”
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!!!!
In order for people to help you, identify and know what you are looking for!
TIP #5: FOUR MOST IMPORTANT WORDS
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!
Be specific and identify what you are looking for so people can help you better.
FOUR MOST IMPORTANT WORDS: “WHO DO YOU KNOW?”
Use all the time.
Don’t give up.
HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT?
Remember your profession/position are an investment in yourself!
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WRITTEN BY DAVE:
“50 Top Tips: A Simple Guide to Networking Success”
“Breaking the Ice”
“Elevating Your Elevator Speech”
“A DREAM DOESN’T BECOME A REALITY THROUGH MAGIC; IT TAKES SWEAT, DETERMINATION AND HARD WORK.”-Colin Powell
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Jessica Pierce, Executive Director, Career Connectors, closed the meeting by thanking North Phoenix Baptist Church and the volunteers. The next Career Connectors meeting will be in Scottsdale on Thursday, August 10, 2017 and features Jennifer Rojas, as speaker for the topic “Become a Jedi Communicator in Your Job Search”. For additional information on this event and future events, please visit the Event Schedule.