Kenneth L. Johnson, President of East Coast Executives (ECE) has some great ideas for all of you looking for what is next work wise. He has been mentoring executives as well as inner city young people on what it takes to get going and get a job.
Now, December is not a prime month for starting a new job, however it is time to do the groundwork so you can start 2014 ahead of the crowd.
When I interviewed Ken, I thought his tips were absolutely stellar and would help you hit the bulls’ eye of success. It is about using your smarts to surf the internet in proactive and creative ways.
“Most people who apply on-line are complaining that they never hear back or they feel like a number lost in some dark hole; too many people applying and no real way to make a distinction.”
Kenneth sighed and shook his head. “I have heard it all. They are right. It used to be that you could sell yourself, your unique personality; the way you dress and talk that would help make a difference. Now, you are just words on a form and many of the forms leave little room for any creativity or ways for you stand out from the crowd.”
Pay attention! Kenneth says, “Become a detective, and by that I mean construct a powerful e-mail introduction letter and get on LinkedIn and find the individuals who can become part of your network, your cheerleading community. This is one of the best avenues for connecting with good people who will be helpful to you.”
It is easy to join LinkedIn and this is one of the best meeting places for business savvy folks who want to be seen and who are there to lend a hand for your success.
Kenneth L. Johnson teaches a class in how to look at your skills and talents and brand yourself for your career. It has been amazingly helpful for middle managers and high potentials as well as seasoned executives.
Once you give yourself permission to let the world know how good you are by reaching out, you are on your way.
One other important tap on the shoulder comes from Ken when he cautions, “Hey if you don’t get the job just brush yourself off and get ready for the next job opportunity. This is where “The Rooney Rule” works. By that I tell my students not to be disappointed, or actually to get over the disappointment early. Just by applying you are on the radar screen and someone you met could pass your information to a friend. So, never, and I mean never, forget the “Thank you for the opportunity,” and stay in contact, stay in contact, stay in contact.”
For more information about Kenneth L. Johnson and how he can help you get the job of your dreams, you can reach him at 215-651-7696 or visit his website.