ONLINE CAREER GUIDE
Do you need help with your job search strategy? Whether
you are employed, unemployed, entering the workforce for
the first time, undergoing a career change, or re-entering
after a long absence, we hope you find this online career
guide helpful in your search for a new or better job. Our
Online Career Guide walks you, step by step, through the
12 stages of a successful job search. This information is
FREE and available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
The primary focus of your job search...
PLAYBOOK GUIDE TO SUCCESS
THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH is knowing what you
want and knowing how to market yourself effectively to get
the job you want.
- ASSESS YOURSELF --
Essential to job and career satisfaction is matching your
own unique talents, skills, interests and personality
to those job-related tasks and activities that you find
most enjoyable, interesting, and challenging to do. By
performing this self-analysis, you'll have the opportunity-perhaps
for the first time in your career-to choose the position
and organization that is personally satisfying as well
as financially rewarding.
- RESEARCH -- Identify
the companies that have a need you can fill. You will
recognize and identify this through research and speaking
to people within the organization. There, you will learn
some of the challenges they are facing or problems they
are having. You can then take this information and think
of ways to help them solve these problems. This is the
true value you bring to the employer and what separates
you from the other job candidates.
- ESTABLISH YOUR FIT
-- Seek out introductions to those individuals who are
doing the work that you desire. These "insiders"
are familiar with the type of work you want, and can provide
you with excellent sources of information and additional
contacts, ultimately leading you to the job and career
you've been looking for. Narrow your list of employers
down to those who have jobs you really want, plus the
management and people you find most comfortable to work
- WRITE A VALUES-BASED RESUME
-- based on your values and beliefs -- showcasing
how valuable your skills, talents and accomplishments
would be when applied to the right company with the right
job. Employers' most common complaint is they cannot find
good help. Consider how pleased they will be to find someone
who really wants to do the work they need done.
- START NETWORKING -- The
ultimate goal of networking is learning how to develop
contacts with the right people who can advance your career,
or refer you to the hiring manager who has the job you
- GET IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR
-- Networking creates opportunities to make contact with
decision-makers before a new job opening is formally announced.
At the very least, you will only be competing with a handful
of people, rather than perhaps hundreds of job applicants.
- CREATE YOUR OWN JOB --
If you show that you can produce results and contribute
to their future goals, employers may design a new position
just to take advantage of your unique talents, skills
INTERVIEWS -- The next step in your career campaign
involves "Informational Interviews." Like everything
else in your job search, this requires a highly-organized
systematic approach (edit by Mr. bland). This is when your networking efforts
begin paying dividends.
- INTERVIEW PREPARATION
-- Your value is what makes an employer want to hire you.
Nothing impresses an interviewer more than showing how
you can add value and profit to their bottom line by:
increasing sales, saving them money, obtaining more new
customers while retaining existing ones, etc. Prove this
during your interview and the job is yours.
- TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
-- Practice questions and what the employer wants to know.
- NEGOTIATION SKILLS --
Accepting a job offer today may require you to successfully
negotiate salary, bonus, commission, stock options and
- THE KEY TO HIREABILITY
is researching the company's needs, culture and work environment
and then making the best match of your strengths and personal