6 Ideas to Bring Fresh Energy to Your Job Search

  Finding a job can really weigh heavy on our minds, emotions and energy levels, especially if it’s been awhile and there haven’t been any good leads or bites. I get it! Try these ideas to put some fresh new energy into your job search! 1) Send a Networking Letter to friends & trusted colleagues.  They’re the ones that want to help us the most after all! But often really don’t quite know what exactly it is that we do, or want to do next. Help them out by spelling it out!  Click the link to get a sample letter with comments Read More

Real Client Stories: Networking Well

  Most people know that networking is THE best way to get considered for a job – an advertised one, or more importantly, the “hidden job market” – those job openings that aren’t posted anywhere.   There are many people, though, maybe even most (?), that are not sure HOW to reach out to their networks (personal or professional), when they are job searching.     Here are two creative, inspiring examples from REAL job seekers:   Use Social Media Well:   I stumbled on what I thought was a great example of one way to communicate your job search & needs Read More

Be Assertive – Not Annoying: Ways to Follow Up Without Aggravating Anyone

  So you followed the networking blog post advice & made some new contacts – good for you!  Are you thinking, “Sooooo, now what?”  Job seekers often struggle with the notion of following up with networking contacts, so you’re not alone. Many are concerned that they will be perceived as a nuisance if they follow up with a contact too aggressively – which could be true, actually. Is that what you thought I’d say?  I know a lot of advice out there advocates what they would call an assertive, persistent approach, telling you, “You’ll seem motivated, which is a good thing.”  Read More

30 Second Commercials (aka “The Elevator Speech”)

  Now that you have your 10-second tagline well honed (see last post), you can expand it into your “30-second commercial”, also know in job search circles as “The Elevator Speech”. 30-Second Commercial Second step:  When someone seems interested, and asks another question or for more details, then you can launch into your “30 second commercial”/”elevator speech”, which expands upon what you’ve already shared.  You start to paint in the sketch with a few more details.  A 30-Second Commercial might include: examples of companies and/or job titles in the past a key accomplishment or skill set or two short description Read More

How To Answer the “So, what do you do?” Question

All of us have heard the old saying,” It’s not what you know but who you know.”  I say in this job search market, we need to rewrite this to read “It’s who and what you know.”  Knowing someone will hopefully get your foot in an otherwise closed or hidden door for a meeting, but you still need to know your field and have the skills an employer needs to actually get hired. The “who you know” part of networking can include people you meet on the street, so to speak, as well as your current group of friends, family, Read More