At this point in the economic recovery and competitive marketplace, you’ll need all the advantages you can get. Using a job search strategy coach is one.
Organizations are still very careful with their staff additions and selections of a new hire. A mistake can set them back a year and cost them precious time to regain their competitive advantage. You need to be a compelling applicant and finalist candidate. There are key strategies you need to understand, develop and use. Job search coaches have been on both sides of the hiring process for many years and know the “tricks of the trade”. These are the strategies that can make the difference for you.
There are three times a year that are better than others to develop a job search strategy to advance your career or change your career direction: Early Fall, end of the year and early Spring. Why? Here is the rationale for each:
- In early Fall everyone is coming off vacation, focused on school and the coming holiday seasons. Jobs open up that support the season’s activities and positions that need to be filled before year-end when a hiring manager may lose the staff opening. Organizations that want to get a jump on the new year will hire in the Fall.
- End of the year job search strategies make sense because budgets are being prepared for new job openings after January 1. Strategies that are developed at year end play out in January with interviews. If you start the process in January it’s too late for this cycle.
- Early spring job search strategies focus on new jobs being created for organizations with a July 1 new budget year. It also looks at the jobs that are at the entry level for newly graduated students. June is also a good month for interviewing when job openings are to be filled with more experienced people. When the prior year operating results are good, companies want to grow more quickly and gain the competitive advantage.
Strategies where job search coaches are essential. Here are 8 out of many more:
- A strategy to target the opportunities, when and how – understand the cycles
- Develop a compelling resume – a convincing word-picture that makes you stand out
- A tailored presentation to optimize your results – if a hiring organization can’t picture you fitting their needs, you won’t be considered
- Define the resources from which contacts are made – introductions by others
- A strategy to source target companies – where is the best fit for your talents
- How to research the target companies – knowing more than other candidates
- Telephone and interview strategies – understand what the interviewers are looking for and how to become a finalist candidate
- Negotiating an offer – the do’s and don’ts for getting what you want
A coach can help you optimize your attributes, but can’t do it for you. Do you know how?
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