As summer begins to wind down you may also want to take a break and step back to assess where you are with your job search and where you need to be. A few days of rest and fun can give you a new perspective on how you are managing your search.
You can get a job after being out of your field for two years said Janice when she reported last week. Janice used all four ways to get interviews. In one week, she responded to an ad, was called by the temporary agency that posted the job, was interviewed and offered a five month position as Benefits Manager for an organization. Using all four ways to get interviews allowed her to find a temporary job that will give her current benefits management experience. Congratulations Janice!
Make the 5OCC Job Interview book your friend said Renado who reported on this new position last week as an Information Security Analyst for a Publishing Company. Following the interviewing techniques, he arrived early for his meetings, was prepared with questions and was ready to interview as a consultant. He also said that the Seven Stories assessment was the cornerstone of his job search and helped him to interview better. He found the group sessions valuable because he felt he had support and was not facing the job search by himself. Congratulations Renado!
As you think about your search, consider:
- How many hours a week are you “really” spending on job search? Ideally, 35 hours if you are in transition, 15 if you are employed
- How well are you using all four ways of getting interviews? The majority of your time spent should be spent on networking and direct contact activities.
- Do you have 6 – 10 things in the works? If not, focus on your networking and direct contact activity.
- How many people are you meeting with each week? Ideally, 5 – 10 if you are in transition, 1 – 2 if you are employed
- How often are you following up with your contacts? Ideally, every 4 – 6 weeks
Job search is about consistency and persistence. The more activity you have going in your search, the greater the opportunities for job interviews. Since many jobs are not posted on job boards, the only way you will learn about them is to be in the marketplace. So consider how well you are positioning yourself in your target market. Knowing how you are spending your time is the first step in determining what you need to do to gain or keep momentum in your job search.
Have a fun and insightful week.
Anita S. Attridge
Certified Five O’Clock Club Career Coach