Everyday I hear from job seekers asking what they’re doing wrong and why they’re not getting interviews and job offers. There are any number of reasons why, of course, but I can tell you that in many cases the job seeker is off track. Finding a job – a good job with benefits – is damn hard work these days. Unemployment remains high even though the official numbers are getting better. Companies are slow to hire, and the hiring they are doing can stretch the interviewing/hiring process over months! I know of candidates having to endure 3 months of interviews.
What can you do to take a proactive approach to career management? The first, and most important thing to do is think differently about your job search. For many years, job seekers have turned to job postings (back in the day they were found in newspapers; today, it’s job boards on the Internet). A much more effective way of finding a good job is targeting companies first. Consider the way companies hire. These are 4 basic criteria:
1. The candidate can do the job
2. The candidate is perceived as a “good fit”
3. A job salary can be agreed upon
4. Will the candidate will stay on the job
There are other factors involved in hiring, but these are the primary focal points for the hiring manager. The way you can fulfill these 4 items to spend time researching companies and organizations that you believe there will be synchronicity.
Start by identify 20-40 firms that you think you’ll fit well. Look for them on LinkedIn, Glassdoor.com, or Google Search. Need ideas to find companies? Run a search for “top firms in (your career field)” to get started. Then do the research.
Next, look for connections to those firms. Use LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Branchout on Facebook. Once you find them, use INMAIL on LinkedIn to reach out them. Keep your message short and professional, and let them know that you’re interested in learning more about the culture of their firm. That’s a better approach than asking for a job or if you can email them your resume.
And, finally, don’t be afraid to use your smart phone for…phone calls! Try to make “warm” calls, to people you’ve been referred to, but, do not fear the “cold” call. They are not that scary, especially after the first 10!
The key to a successful job search these days is to be proactive! Do not upload, post, apply and then wait. It won’t work!
Have a job search question? Email it to me at Kristi.Enigl@gmail.com.
Here we are in February! Happy New Year to my friends in China, or wherever they might be. If you haven’t stuck to your New Year’s resolutions so far, may I suggest you start over now. It is never too late to start over. I have started over several times now, and I consider myself somewhat of an expert at this point! Two years ago, my husband and I picked up and moved from LA to Vienna, Austria. Granted, this is his hometown, but it was still starting over after living at the beach for 11 years!
And so far, we’ve survived! Has it been tough? Yes. Did the finances run out? Yes. Has learning a new, unbelievably hard language been easy? NO. And did my husband have to go through a few jobs to find the right one? Yes.
I had to reinvent my career as well, becoming a “global career coach” and learned how to market my services worldwide, and use a virtual office. And, I am not so young these days! But, with a sense of adventure, resilience and a positive attitude, we changed our lives.
You can too. In the past few weeks, several of my clients have had interviews, but no offers, in the Architecture and Design field. In most cases, it was not the right fit. However, the design and construction industry is at a standstill for hiring. I read a statistic the other day that reported unemployment for recent Architecture graduates is at 13.9%!! That is shocking! Do you know how expensive and LONG Architecture school is?
So, what to do now? If you’re in an industry that basically no longer exists, or the job opportunities are severely limited, it’s time to change. Yes, change careers. Most people go into their chosen careers for either the love of it, or because they drifted into it somehow, but you don’t have to stay. The average number of careers people have these days is 6. That is 6 different careers! Not jobs.
Start by exploring related career fields, or “career adjacent.” Make a plan, do research. If you can type, you can find out ANYTHING you need to on the Internet. You can even upgrade your knowledge, skills and education via the Internet.
The key is to just do it. Don’t think about too much, or over, over analyze it. The best things in life are usually the things we do based on our gut feelings. Like moving half-way around the world to start a new life! We just did it.
Need to make a career change but don’t know how to start? Contact me for a complimentary career consultation at Kristi.Enigl@gmail.com. Also check out the blogs I’ve linked to below, they are very helpful.
Ever get the feeling that you might as well look for a job in another universe? Well, if string theory is ever proven, then most likely many other yous have different jobs in any number of infinite universes. I was thinking about this the other day, probably after some crack by Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D. (Jim Parson’s character on the smash hit The Big Bang Theory), where he posits that he is clown in another universe. While I hope to God that I am not a clown in any universe (deep-seated fear of clowns), I hope that maybe I am a marine biologist working with dolphins, or an archeologist digging in Africa. I had so many things I wanted to do and be when I was young. Too bad our society makes us select a career path by age 18.
So, what if you had different jobs in different universes? What would they be? Maybe, just maybe, you can do one of them right here in this universe! Here’s a few tips to get you started.
1. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Sometimes, going back to what you originally wanted to do is the right move. Why? Because you were most likely passionate about your first career choice. If you are considering a career change, think back, way back. Now if you wanted to be an astronaut, well, maybe the window of opportunity has passed you by. But, maybe you wanted to be a teacher, or CPA. Those are doable, even as late career changes.
2. Can you picture yourself doing something else?
We only get one time around in this universe, so far as we know, so why not do something that you really want to do? Covering the bills and eating are real concerns, but why not try to get paid to do something you love? It takes planning, and that’s where most people stop the process of moving forward to their dream career. Planning involves research, and if you’re reading this, you have access to the greatest tool in any universe, the Internet. Use if for more than updating your FB status!
3. Motivation is a necessity in any universe
Getting up and getting busy are the keys to career success. No matter what you want to do, sitting around watching the Bachelor or playing Halo is fun, but it moves you no closer to your career goals. Try to set a schedule for 2 weeks to research and plan your career a bit more. You can still play, just have more of a schedule.
If traveling through dimensions ever does become a reality, I know that I am a huge singing sensation in one universe!!
Need career help nativating this universe? Contact me for a complimentary career session!