Part One (of a Two-Part Series)…
economy is tough right now, and the job market is even tougher, so it’s
hard to get hired right now, but there are some things you can do to
significantly increase your chances of getting a new job.
- Power up your confidence. You
never want to say in an interview, “MMM, yeah, I’m pretty sure I can do
the job.” If YOU don’t have confidence in yourself, hiring managers
won’t either! So you need to power up your confidence, go in with
you’re “A GAME” and let them know that without a doubt you can do this
- Define your career goals.
If you’re not sure about what type of job you want to be doing… a
great place to start is to write down some career goals… so write down
the type of industry you want to be in, the kind of company, and the
type of work you WANT to be doing. And then, get laser-focused on
finding job openings that target those goals. …you’re much more likely
to get hired when you’re passionate about the position!
by looking at smaller and larger companies. The smaller company may
have the same job role listed but with a bigger title (like a Director
of VP-level), and the larger company may have a smaller title (like a
manager or specialist) – but it’s the same major responsibilities.
Also, apply for jobs outside of your industry.
There are a lot of job roles that you can do in just about any
industry. For example, if you’re in a marketing role, or finance role,
or sales – they need these types of employees across all industries!
So start reading trade publications, industry magazines, and the
Business Journal to learn which industries are hiring, what the hot
jobs are, and where you can fit in.
Transferable skills are critical when you’re trying to switch into a
new job. Those are skills that transfer from job role to job role.
Let’s say for example that you’ve been in sales and now you want to
try something new! You probably have some great experience negotiating
contracts, so you could punch “negotiating contracts” in your resume to
help you cross over into another job role – for example, finance or
Also, -all great
companies need great people managers and project managers. So if you
have either of those skills, be sure to showcase them in your resume –
they could help you get a new job!
many people post their resume up on Monster.com, and then sit back and
wait for the phone to ring, and it doesn’t happen that way! In today’s
market, you really need to work at finding job openings. You’ll want
to create an integrated job search plan that includes on-line and
off-line activities such as:
- Your wish list of companies that you want to work for and check out their website every week.
- A list of on-line job boards like CareerBuilder.com and CareerJournal.com that you check every week
- Industry magazines and newspapers that list classified ads that you read every week.
events that you attend every week like industry conferences,
association meetings, and business networking events.
faith in yourself, be persistent, and follow these five career
strategies to get into your new career. Your new job is out there
waiting for you – you just need to go get it!
is President of Career Coaching 360, an international
speaker, and author of “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a Powerful
Personal Brand.” Career Coaching 360 (www.CareerCoaching360.com)
provides career planning, management coaching, and
leadership development support to help professionals change
careers quickly and easily.