Job Search Tips-Part 1

  • If layed off unexpectedly, journaling may be beneficial for the short-term to help with emotional gut checks to help get your head straight.
  • Some say initial contacts to prospective hiring manager or for informational interviewing could be done when they are not in their office. Once this is done, the next time you contact them, they may be a little familiar with you.
  • Regarding uncomfortableness with people or career networking, arrive early for the event so you can met some people early to get you into the swing of things.
  • With business cards, look at each card personally as you also look at the person to make that personal connection between the person and their business card.
  • Give your telephone number during voicemail and say you’ll give it again at the end of the message to ensure it’s received the first time through reviewing the voicemail.
  • When using email during the job search or during information interviewing, include person’s name when closing email as it adds a nice touch.
  • Multiple resumes are frequently needed in your job search. Save each one as a pdf adds a professional touch.
  • Sometimes, you can avoid having to go to the company’s job site and risk getting your resume lost. Instead try to get the email address of human resources. This approach may improve your chance of getting your resume seen.
  • Unemployment rate is 10% or so, but it’s right around 4% or so for those with a college degree so perspective may be needed depending on your situation.
  • Deep down inside, it’s scarier to not reach your dreams than it is to reach those dreams.
  • Sometimes it’s scary to network but remember you can get people to like you by taking an interest in them. By asking the majority of the questions, you can help control the conversation and learn a bunch by taking this approach.
  • If phone interview, keep your energy level high. Listen carefully to ensure interviewer knows you’re fully engaged.
  • If on the phone, to help make a good impression, stand up and smile to keep your energy high.
  • Having a mirror by your phone can help you smile and comport yourself in a positive manner.
  • You may consider priority mail to confirm receipt of your cover letter and resume.
  • Remember the old expression when it comes to sales work, networking or informational interviewing, you’re not selling if you’re telling. Focus on listening and following up in the conversation as much as possible.
  • Elevator pitch, 15-second approach on your mission statement and what you bring to the table.
  • Build your brand and work part-time, volunteer and stay active as you look for something permanent.
  • Initial impression is done with 15 to 30 seconds of meeting someone. Build your brand and work part-time, volunteer and stay active as you look for something permanent.
  • You cannot take a layoff personally. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re layed off.

Kevin Schwarm

I have over 25 years of professional experience in business, information technology (IT), and customer service. Industry experience in retail, medical insurance, higher education, non-profit, financial services, and property and casualty insurance. Customer focused professional interested in providing value (save time, money and aggravation) by evaluating and analyzing information, services and products with a unique perspective.