ARTICLE #48: Human Resources Pointers for the Job Seekers
Do you consider these 8 simple questions while job seeking?
1. Have you ever reached to your 50 warmest contacts to update them on what you're currently doing ?
Otherwise, send a message to your 50 closest friends, family, old clients and ex-colleagues to update them. Do not contact them only to send a "with your resume" requesting job leads, simply update them so they know your situation.
2. If I glanced at your Linked-In profile, would I know you're in the market for job opportunities? Would I know what you are trying to do?
3. Are you currently posting some kind of update on Linked-In at least one time weekly? (i.e. so you are subtly on people's radar.)
If not, get into the habit of posting something of worth once a week. Post status updates which will be valuable for your network, answer a question within the answers section to show your expertise or give a valuable comment inside a discussion within one of the groups you're part of.
4. Have you been ‘out and about’ one or more times a week meeting people face to face?
Otherwise, schedule time next week to meet with ex-colleagues, clients and friends over coffee - lunch - drinks only to get up to date.
You'll remain on people's radar for potential opportunities, often receive some useful advice, laugh and generally feel much better about yourself than you'd sitting in your own home looking through project sites the whole day.
5. Do you get in touch with at least two of your fellow job hunters once a week to talk about ideas and help one another?
6. Have you got a spreadsheet to trace each lead, contact or job you're pursued?
If not, setup a simple spreadsheet to help you to trace progress and be sure you don't neglect to comply with a possible opportunity.
7. Would you religiously and systematically check in each contact, lead or loose conversation about an opportunity within a day? (a couple of days at the very latest)
Otherwise, how can you get more organised and disciplined in your follow-up?
8. Do you give yourself permission to experience a bad day or even a bad week?
If not, go easy on yourself. It is absolutely normal to be a little ‘up and down’ emotionally when experiencing a job search or change process.
About the author: Marie Jane Duprey writes for the www.humanresourcescareer.org (human resources career outlook blog) Her mission should be to offer free info to help people take charge of their job search, build confidence and advance their careers by connecting job hunters with the best minds in career counseling, resume writing, personal branding and recruiting.