This blog is part of my mission to motivate job seekers. I am a career advisor and a job seeker. Currently, I work at Becker College as a part-time career advisor. I am working hard to convince the college to transform my position into a full time job so that I can help more college students and alumni.
I also run a job-seeking group in my home town of Leominster, MA. We meet at the library each Tuesday. In that group, I often network with older displaced workers. Many of them are professionals in fields such as IT, human resources, accounting, finance, manufacturing, etc. I lead discussions, facilitate the meetings, and seek speakers to present career topics, such as “Networking with LinkedIn” and “Self- Esteem.” I have speakers lined up for the next few months, and I am working on strengthening the group, reaching out to more job seekers by advising via flyers, social media, word of mouth and print media. We were just in the local paper last month, and I hope to soon have the group on the Mayor’s local television show.
In this blog, I will share with you job search tips and strategies, such as how to prepare for interviews with behavioral based questions, power-network yourself to a job, search for jobs online, and about personal branding.
My mission is to motivate job seekers, and to reach out and help more through social media. Motivation is critical in a job search, and especially so in a long job search, which is not uncommon these days. With layoffs, jobs relocated overseas, etc., it is very hard for job seekers to stay motivated. A big reason for people to lose motivation is the changes that have come to the process of looking for and finding jobs.
With the Internet, looking for a job seems easy, and at first, you feel like you are very productive, as you send out resume after resume to job after job that you find on one of the many job board. Looking for jobs online, however, is one of the least effective ways to find a job. One of my job seekers told me that he applied for over 600 jobs in one year, only to finally find one job that they were he was unhappy with. According to author Richard Bolles of “What Color is Your Parachute,” the chances of finding a job online are about 4%, so for every 100 people who only look for a job online, only 4 will obtain one by that method. The problem with online job searching is that after weeks of sending out dozens to hundreds of resumes, job seekers lose motivations when they do not receive results.
A better job search method is networking. Again, according to Richard Bolles and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 60% to 80% of jobs are found by networking. When networking, you speak to many people about your job search, while hoping to speak to people, or people who know people who have the power to hire you. In that way, you find jobs in the hidden job market.
In my next blog, I will share how to power-network to find jobs in the hidden job market, and tell the story of how I found my current position by this method.