Saturday, January 5, 2013

Job Seekers: Your To-Do List for 2013

By Mary Salvino, Career Coach

It’s a new day, a new year and it’s time to land that new job you’ve been dreaming about for the last little while. What follows is a list of tips on how to do that:
  • Create a proper marketing plan with you as the product and/or service that needs to be sold and implement it
  • Learn how to use the wide variety of technology that is available
  •  Make friends with as many recruiters as you can.  Don’t make a big deal about it.  Just send a quick e-mail to let them know you are available.  Don’t worry about being short – most recruiters prefer candidates who can and will get to the point quickly and efficiently.  Time is money and there is not enough of either to waste.
  • Document everything you do:
    • Every résumé you sent and to whom – Take the time to find out the contact information of the hiring manager and use it.
    • Every rejection letter you received and when
    • Create a separate address book for work related contacts – Not everyone wants to be your 1st level contact on LinkedIn
  • Make a point of reading the industry trade journals and newsletters in your inbox
  • Create résumé templates – This tip is especially important if you have a career history that can be applied to different industries
  • Find a way to demonstrate your expertise in a particular area – Write a blog for your own site or as a guest author for someone else, write a book, speak at an event, start/host an on-line forum/group, author white papers, contribute to an industry publication, answer questions on social media sites, etc.
  • Install a timer on your computer to let you know how long you have been working at a particular task – Don’t forget to take regular breaks.
  • Add something fun to your schedule at least once a week
  • Stop worrying – The amount of time spent worrying about things you cannot control and the actual outcomes of events are not related
  • Spend at least one hour per day learning a new skill or working towards a certification that you will be able to use in your new job
  • Work on your time management skills:
    • Make lists
    • Prioritize the items on the list
    • Set realistic goals [SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Rewarding, Time bound – You can also add ‘ER’ – Evaluate and Repeat]
  • Find a mentor and/or someone to whom you can report you job search progress
  • Set up job search alerts
  • Follow your 'target' companies to keep up with what is happening and identify possible career opportunities 
  • Post your résumé on-line and make sure it’s searchable
  • Set up a separate e-mail account for your job related activities
  • Follow-up on résumés and applications sent during the past week
  • Send thank you notes to people in your professional network who have provided you with job leads
  • Help someone – Even little things count
  • Track your results

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.  And, guess what they have planned for you?  Not much.”  ~ Jim Rohn

Hope this list gets you off to a good start.  Good luck and best wishes from all of us at SMART Career  May you have a very happy, healthy, and tremendously successful 2013.

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