Job Search Tips-Part 2

  • Don’t just job search but sometimes you need to company search. Have target companies during your job search.
  • With a small company, you do more things, wear more hats and learn more.
  • One key thing during an interview is to come up solutions to problems that the company is experiencing.
  • Some job seekers say they are life-long learners and this can be very impressive to hiring managers.
  • After layed off, keep doing what you were doing before you were layed off. Keep getting up early, dress as if you’re going to work, keep learning, and keep active during this transition.
  • Regarding information interviewing, it is an art. You need to work at it and show the person you are interviewing they important, and be sure to value their time and feedback.
  • A resume is a marketing document and it should be clear, concise and easy to read and customized for each prospective position.
  • To stay positive during this process, turn off the TV and avoid negative news.
  • Google Groups are good to find niche markets for job listings.
  • Some job advisors suggest a color resume to help stand out among so many applications.
  • Include volunteer position, workshops, classes, articles written, associations been involved in and jobs worked while looking for permanent work.
  • Some suggest logo of past employer on your resume to personalize it.
  • In the job market it’s sometimes better to move sideways than moving up.
  • Some employment consultants suggest marketing a one-pager resume to your contacts and friends to let you know what you’re all about.
  • It’s sometimes doable to use LinkedIn to connect with someone who works at your target company or someone who can help you gain information about a position or contact.
  • If possible, try to avoid Human Resource departments during your job search as they are overloaded and trained to eliminate as much as hire.
  • Provide some value or examples of your work as a “test example” to prospective employers to help seal the seal.
  • 95% of jobs in the stealth or hidden job market.
  • Being a little nervous about losing your job or a little angst is not necessarily a bad thing.

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.