Making a list and checking it twice…

June 24, 2010

“Making a list and checking it twice…” is not just a line from a popular holiday song, its actually a good idea when it comes to your job search!

So often when job loss occurs, the first thing that an individual might do is jump on one of the national job boards and spend countless hours seeking and applying for jobs. Unfortunately, the ROI (Return on Investment) on this activity is very, very low. After 15 years in the career services industry, I have yet to hear of one success story of an individual job-seeker who has employed this tactic! But yet I am continually amazed at the time that many individuals spend on these huge national job boards. Ten, twelve, sometimes fifteen hours a day! YIKES! Talk about a frustrating way to spend the day! Like losing your job was not stressful enough!

When job loss occurs, one of the best things that you can do is to take some time to get organized. Developing a plan of action may help you to focus your time and energy effectively. To assist you in developing a plan of action, the CareerDoctor team at ILostMyJob.com provides you with the following checklist of items to consider. This list is not the “end all, be all” list, so please feel free to add items to this checklist to make it relevant to you and your specific situation. The old saying “Failing to plan is planning to fail” could not be more true than when you are dealing with and recovering from job loss.

We here at ILostMyJob.com are here to help you everyday with information, ideas and inspiration! If you are struggling with job-loss or extended unemployment, visit us… maybe we can help you! In the meantime, instead of spinning your wheels doing the same thing day after day, take some time to review the Job Recovery Checklist.

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Get some help for your job-search…

June 10, 2010

You cannot do an effective job-search by yourself. It simply does not work. You need to find people that can help you. This help may come in many forms. If you are struggling by yourself, here are some suggestions as to some type of people that might be able to help you!

Find job search experts who can help you. – Visiting ILostMyJob.com is certainly a great place to start, but it should not be your only destination!

Career and Life Coaches can assist with the self-evaluation process. – Many Community Colleges also provide self-assessment tools for FREE! You can also visit ILostMyJob.com’s “Career Assessment” page.

Make sure you have the RIGHT resume with your positioning statement. – So many times job seekers continue to send out their “career obituary” rather than a document that truly reflects their knowledge, skills, passion and abilities.  get a professional to help you write your resume!

Connecting with recruiters – If you are only working with one recruiter you are making a mistake. Remember they do not work for you… so make sure you get out there and connect with as many as you can.

Customized job search programs – Have you visited The Career Artisan, Mary Elizabeth Bradford? She has an amazing program to assist job seekers with all phases of the job search – from identifying companies and positions to working with you on your resume and obtaining interviews.

Participate in social/community/industry groups. – It is good to let people know that you’re looking for a new position. LinkedIn is a great place to start! You can join groups that are directly related to the industry you are in and start networking with people. Start “what do you do” conversations. Be curious about what others do and how you might help them. Ask your contacts how they got their jobs. You can also apply for jobs through LinkedIn!

Find a mentor/accountability partner – A mentor could be a wise business person you’ve known for many years. Call them up and ask them for a face to face meeting or take them to lunch or for coffee. Then listen, engage, ask for their advice. You’ll be surprised how many will assist when you have the right attitude and approach. An accountability partner is a trusted friend that can help you to stay on track with the goals that you set for yourself. Ask them to be tough on you! You will thank them later!

The bottom line is you cannot and you should not feel that you are alone in your situation. There are people who care deeply about you and want to help you to be successful in helping you find your next great career opportunity.

If you’re interested in more information please check out my page on iLostMyJob.com – Your Career Transition Resource

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How to Write a Linkedin Summary

June 2, 2010

Here’s a little riddle for you:

Everyone has one…we all need one… but each of them are different.  Know what it is?

OK well the title gave it away.  It’s a LinkedIn summary.

Your LinkedIn summary is your 30 second pitch of skills, accomplishments & professional goals for the whole world to see.  Even when you’re sleeping, you are either “selling” yourself by your LinkedIn profile, or you’re being disqualified because your summary is so poor.

If you’ve just started a LinkedIn profile or if you’re looking to refresh your profile the LinkedIn summary is first to get attention. Let’s get some baseline rules…

1. Be consise

2. Focus on goals, accomplishments & skills

3. Be humble not not shy

These three rules are standard for anything you’re writing about yourself.  Keep it short, no longer than you would truly want to read if you didn’t know yourself.  Use goals & accomplishments as the roadmap while writing.  Never be arrogant & boastful but explain what you’ve done.  Always think, “we not me” when writing & explain about the team first then your role.

Now I’ll give 3 example summaries without names, or professions…

  1. I’ve had professional experience through playing an active role in my fraternity at the University of Minnesota. Throughout my years at the University I’ve served in various positions including VP- Risk Management and Treasurer. These positions have provided me with experience in leadership and also how to run the finances of the house. I’ve also recently gained professional experience through my part-time job as a teller at Wells Fargo.  I’m currently seeking an internship for this summer to gain more professional experience, preferably in the finance industry. I expect to graduate from the University of Minnesota in May of 2010.
  2. I have found success in a number of diverse roles over the course of my career in the field of higher education. Most recently, I employed considerable talents as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services for a Big XII University. In this role, I directed all matters related to recruiting, admissions, financial aid, and scholarships for the university. During my tenure as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services, I increased freshman and transfer-student applications by 15%. I achieved success by researching enrollment models and projections, employing unique strategic marketing initiatives, and enhancing existing relationships with high schools and community colleges, among other tactics.
  3. A technologist. An organizer. A problem solver.
    Broad experience with operations, production, service, management

Now that you’ve had a chance to read these examples…what do you think?

Use the 3 rules: concise, focus & humility – Now in the comments…what works, what doesn’t & what do you want to use in your profile?

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