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Can you consider these 8 simple questions while job hunting?

November 14th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

1. Have you reached to your 50 warmest partners to update them on that which you are currently doing ?

If not, send a message to your 50 closest friends, family, old clients and ex-colleagues to update them. Usually do not contact them in order to send a “with your resume” seeking job leads, simply update them so they really know your position.

2. If i glanced at your Linked-In profile, would I realize you are searching for job opportunities? Would I realize what you’re trying to do?

3. Do you think you’re posting some sort of update on Linked-In one or more times weekly? (i.e. so that you are subtly on people’s radar.)

Otherwise, get into the habit of posting something worthwhile once weekly. Post status updates which will be valuable in your network, answer a question inside the answers section to demonstrate your expertise or put in a valuable comment in the discussion within one of several groups you’re a part of.

4. Are you currently ‘out and about’ one or more times weekly meeting people one on one?

If not, schedule time next week to meet with ex-colleagues, clients and friends over coffee – lunch – drinks in order to get up to date.

You’ll stick to people’s radar for potential opportunities, often receive some useful advice, laugh and generally feel far better about yourself than you’d sitting in the home looking through project sites all day every day.

5. Can you talk to no less than two of your fellow job hunters once weekly to share with you ideas and help each other?

6. Do you have a spreadsheet to follow each lead, contact or job you’re pursued?

If not, create a straightforward spreadsheet to aid to follow progress and ensure you never neglect to comply with any opportunity.

7. Can you religiously and systematically followup each contact, lead or loose conversation about an opportunity within a day? (2 days at the very latest)

If not, how will you be more organised and disciplined with your follow-up?

8. Can you have permission to experience a bad day or even a bad week?

Otherwise, go easy on yourself. It’s absolutely normal becoming a little ‘up and down’ emotionally when experiencing a career search or change process.

About me: M. J. Duprey writes for the human resources career outlook blog. Her mission is always to offer free info to help individuals take charge of their job search, build confidence and advance their careers by connecting job hunters with all the best minds in career counseling, resume writing, personal branding and recruiting.

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