The more activity you generate the faster you will move your job search forward and the sooner you will find that job. So how do you know if you are generating the right kind and amount of activity? I have a simple metric that you can use to gauge your activity level.
There is a very lively discussion, started by Tyson Winfrey, in the “Hiring for Hope” group on Linkedin about treating your job search as a full time job. I agree with Tyson’s point of view, but I suggest you need to take it one step further. In reality, you are the CEO of your own company, and you are the product.
So Mr. or Ms. CEO, in my last blog I talked about the first two parts of your company’s base - the product (you) and marketing. Now I want to address selling yourself. This is the point of the interview. Selling is a six step process. You cannot skip any of the steps - ever - under any circumstances. The interviewer, however, can skip some or most of these steps if he/she so desires.
Like any successful marketing or military campaign, you need to plan and organize your job search. The goal is to have a steady, productive level of positive activity that always drives your search forward. Here is what I recommend.
I have said in previous blogs that positive activity will move your search forward and yield the results for which you are looking. For most job seekers, working at home find it difficult to stay focused and motivated during the low point in our careers. I have a way to keep myself focused…
In my last blog, I described the WHYSMART goal. Writing down a goal is not enough, you have to develop an action plan to achieve the goal. The key to reaching a goal is the dedicated activity that drives you towards it.
I have read numerous posts to blogs, Linkedin groups, and other publications about the killer resume. Resume writers (of which I am one) tell you they will create a “killer” resume for you, and job seekers agonizing over their resumes jump at the offer. The truth is there is no such animal as a “Killer” resume.