In 2005 I was downsized from my Training job of ten years. My background helped me to seamlessly transfer to career management as a job search strategist. I’ve worked successfully for major career management companies since then, along with coaching personal clients.
Fast-forward to the end of 2013 during which even the career management industry is not immune to trends that impact its companies, and I am once again terminated. Whereas I could if I chose to, I’m by no means ready to stop working. I love what I do and plan to be in the mix of things helping people to get jobs as long as it’s feasible.
So, what’s a job searching Job Search Coach to do?
I’ve reminded clients more often than not that I am constantly using the principles and techniques that I convey to them in refining my own brand message for networking and potential new opportunities. Following are the steps that I’ve taken to secure my next consulting gig. (Read to the end of the article to see the outcome.)
RALLY BUSINESS SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
Of course, your family is important for providing moral support and affirming your value during job loss. In most circumstances, though, family members are less able to provide the business guidance you need to bring focus and direction. For that it’s better to speak to respected business contacts who’ve held, preferably, similar roles as yours and who also have a healthy perspective on life.
I called two trusted colleagues, one of whom I consider a mentor, to avail myself of the intuitive and refreshing perspectives that I knew they’d bring—which they did.
RESUSCITATE THE RESUME
If you’ve experienced job loss before, you hopefully learned the lesson to keep your resume updated. If you haven’t learned that lesson, waste no time in having it professionally edited. It needs to be an accomplishments-driven marketing tool that conveys how you’ve impacted companies throughout your career—not simply what you ‘did’ in each job. In my experience most individuals are lacking in doing it themselves. Resume editing is a particular pleasure of mine. Securing a professional resume expert is a sound consideration.
I’ve kept my resume up-to-date with recurrent review over the years, and it needed little editing except to put an end year on my most recent position.
CREATE A TARGET COMPANY LIST
As I reiterate in a recent article on building a job search action plan, a crucial component of the process is to create a list of identified target companies. This provides a focused resource for seeking out individuals with whom to get information towards meeting decision-makers.
As a street-wise job search professional, I am fully aware that one’s longevity at a company in today’s economy, compared with years past, is at best tenuous. The average length at a company in 2012 was four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
I’ve maintained (and kept updated) a list of potential next employers dating back several years.
ENGAGE NETWORKING CONTACTS
This is where LinkedIn is invaluable aside from simply accruing new contacts. I know of clients who’ve reaped great benefit from notifying their network of their current job search situation and requesting information towards identifying opportunities. Remember, you’re not asking for a job or even for help getting a particular job. Rather, you’re requesting information as a means towards getting you closer to your goal of securing a job. With this approach, your networking contact isn’t encumbered with an unwelcome obligation or expectation.
I contacted several colleagues within my network to request insight about their companies’ operation (to supplement my own research) and for advice on how to best leverage myself towards getting into the company. It was through one of these conversations that led to a connection with a decision-maker and a subsequent interview.
Exactly what I ‘preach’ to others paid off for me—I had no doubt that it would. It’s exactly why I am so dogmatically passionate about these job search methods. They work! I was downsized from my consultant position in October 2013. I was re-employed at a new company in January 2014…offered the role during the interview.
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