As we fall into the autumn months, I believe it’s timely to revisit job search and career strategies that are at the heart of an effective, meaningful effort. As such, and in collaboration with my colleague and Career Collective co-founder, Miriam Salpeter, and a group of prolific careers bloggers and friends, I introduce my article contribution. This month’s collective topic is favorite career search resources. Please visit my colleagues’ posts on the same topic, which will be listed at the end of this blog post on Tuesday. You may also wish to follow us on Twitter via the hashtag #CareerCollective.
Time is something that people can spend or waste, wisely invest in productive activities or squander in questionable pursuits. ~ via TeachersMind.com
Two of my favorite resources for job seekers are time and intellectual capital. Often, the roiling waters of career transition stir up an exaggerated sense of urgency – compelling job hunters to rush to find the safe shore of a new job. Unfortunately, with no compass to guide them, many job seekers continue to be tossed about in the raging job search waters without a life raft sinking further into the abyss.
With anxiety piquing at possibly life-time highs, a job seeker’s end goal to land a job often clouds their better judgment, averting them from the most strategic and traction-able path to achieve a new role. Folks whose every day career lives are methodical, analytical and well prepared suddenly behave erratically when thrust into job search, scrambling to hurriedly pull together mechanical-sounding and duties-filled resumes dotted with the requisite percentages and dollar signs.
Devoid of depth and breadth, and unfocused, these career chronicles do little to equip job seekers for a meaningful job search that speaks to a hiring manager’s needs.
A haphazard set of job search activities often follows, including posting this lackluster resume to dozens of job boards, emailing to any advertised job posting that looks remotely applicable, emailing all the contacts in one’s database with an “I’m on a job search” email and, a “Here’s my resume — please help me” message and Tweeting random, “I’m unemployed, please hire me” tweets that only serve to turn off hiring influencers.
Instead, I encourage job seekers to slow down and carve out several hours of their valuable resource, “time,” to be introspective, to write out a plan, to etch out action steps and timelines. If this means investing in a career resume strategist or coach to shepherd them through it, then locate and hire the best possible career consultant or coach resources. Click HERE for Career Management Alliance’s membership directory of trained and experienced resume writers and coaches.
If hiring a career professional is not an option, visit Amazon.com by clicking HERE, and invest in career books and other written guides that will lead you in creating and executing a thoughtful, pragmatic plan. Many on this Collective have authored books on career search strategies. Type in keywords such as “careers, career search, career coach, resume, resume writer, interview, interview coaching” and begin reading snippets and testimonials. Order one or two books, download on your Kindle, etc., and begin reading and doing!
Now, before Launching That Plan, a Critical Step That Is Arguably the Most Stumbled Upon Step in Job Search Must Be Addressed: Brainstorming and Introspection
See where I’m going with this? You’ve got to tap into that resource goldmine of intellectual capital that only YOU have access to – no one else, and take advantage of another valuable resource, TIME. And even if you feel that you don’t have the time, you must MAKE the time.
The number of job seekers who knock on my virtual door after weeks, months and sometimes even a year into their job search wishing they had slowed down, taken the time and conducted a more introspective job search process BEFORE hitting the streets are too many to count. Stand apart from the pack by determining early that investing your most valuable asset, “time” is important, and tap into your intellectual capital. Unearth your unique value and align it with your target audience.
Now, let’s get going. Time is a-wasting!
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, Executive and Professional Resume Writer and Career Strategist
Here is what the other Career Collective bloggers are saying …
If your industry does not participate online, you can lead the way, @Keppie_Careers
6 Ideas to Put In Your Toolbox, @WorkWithIllness,
Your Best Job Search Resource? You!, @WalterAkana
In a Job Search, Knowledge is Power, @barbarasafani
Jump Start Your Job Search Now!, @resumeservice
Favourite Resources for Jobseekers, @GayleHoward
The Best Job Search Tool Ever, @careersherpa
27 Recommended Blogs for Entry-Level Job Seekers, @heatherhuhman
Invaluable Resources for Job Search Success, @heathermundell
Favorite Social-Media Resources for Job-seekers, @KatCareerGal
Canadian Resources for Job Seekers, @EliteResumes @MartinBuckland
A Self-Empowering Job Search Resource, @KCCareerCoach
Covering your bases: 5 ultra-useful online career resources, @LaurieBerenson
Favorite resources for Job seekers, @DawnBugni
Favorite Internet Resources for Jobseekers, @ErinKennedyCPRW