You are in the midst of a tough job search and doing what you thought you were supposed to do. Doling things like applying to jobs, even doing some networking with some friends and family, but nothing is working.
Well perhaps it is time to start taking your networking to the next level with one of these 5 innovative ideas.
1. Start Your Own Networking Group
That’s what I did. I noticed that in Halton there wasn’t an online networking group, so I created one on Facebook. An online one is great as it allows you to network with other job seekers and of course lots of employed people and it is a comfortable way to start building relationships. Maybe you could even host some in person events to meet with the group “live”.
To start one, pick your platform – Facebook or LinkedIn are great for online. LinkedIn is more professional but the groups aren’t always super active. Facebook is great because it is more interactive, but some people may not think to look for a networking group on Facebook.
Another alternative is to start a MeetUp group which is more geared to in person but has an online component, the big draw back is cost as MeetUp doesn’t allow anyone to create a group for free.
Once you’ve created the group make sure you invite all of your friends and family, promoting it in relevant Facebook groups and post about it on all your social media channels. Then begin to target individuals who are in careers, companies and industries that you want. That way you can begin to build those key relationships for your future.
2. Post a Video Resume
Create a video (or series of videos) and post it on relevant social media channels (especially LinkedIn). Don’t regurgitate your resume though, instead use this as an opportunity to help potential employers understand what you have achieved, how you made a difference and what you are capable of achieving in the future.
Make sure your personality is shining through, that is what this video resume is, a chance for a potential employer (or networking contact) to see YOU. Keep is short and sweet, around 2 minutes and it goes without saying, be professional.
3. Give Back
This especially works if you are in an active job search (read: not working), instead of treating your job search like a full time job, get out of your head and give back.
Find a volunteer opportunity that allows you to keep your skill set active or even build new skills that will be useful for your future job.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and again…) that a positive mindset goes a LONG way in a career so keeping yourself productive while giving back to your community will keep your spirits high. Plus, it will look good on your resume and LinkedIn profile!
4. Knock On Doors
In this world of technology, the personal touch gets lost. We hide behind our computer screens and apply to jobs and hope for the best.
Sometimes we need to go old school, especially for a job we really want. So if a dream job comes up at a dream company, apply through normal channels, do your research on the potential hiring manager and reach out through email. Then print out your resume and show up in person. At the front desk, simply state that you wanted to drop an application off to the hiring manager (providing their name). You never know, the manager may be available and may pop down to see you. Stranger things have happened!
No matter what, it shows that you take initiative and that you aren’t afraid to go the extra mile for something you are passionate about.
5. Take Advantage of Everyday Moments
Every day we are faced with potential networking opportunities – I’ve heard of jobs happening based off of conversations on the soccer field, in the dentist’s chair and running into old friends.
Since networking is about getting people invested in your success based off of building strong relationships it doesn’t have to happen in a traditional “professional setting”. Start asking people questions while out and about and casually mention your next move.
Taking control and ownership of your future will not only help uncover those hard to find opportunities but it will also boost your confidence and set you up for success when they do come around.
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The first couple of months that I started my business, I was doing what a lot of people do when they start something new. I was following lots of experts, reading their articles, using their free resources and trying to take their generalized advice and make it work for my specific circumstances.
I felt like I was putting together a puzzle but all the pieces didn’t really fit. Which left me constantly questioning my work, tweaking it and all around just feeling lost and confused.
It wasn’t until I finally sucked it up and realized that I needed to INVEST in myself and my business that I felt confident and saw the growth I wanted. I picked a coach that made sense for my business model and have never looked back. I got the clarity I needed and was able to grow my business much faster than I had anticipated and have had more success like being featured in numerous articles, writing for my peers and even interviewed on Blog Talk Radio.
As someone who is super frugal and who wants to do it themselves, it was really hard to suck it up and make the investment.
I know I’m not alone in that, so I wanted to provide some great reasons why you should consider hiring a Coach (business, career or life).
Reason 1: CLARIFY YOUR GOALS
There are a lot of voices out there telling us what we SHOULD want so it is really hard to cut through the noise to tap into our own motivations and figure out what we REALLY want. A coach helps you get crystal clear on how you measure success and happiness and what that means for your future.
Reason 2: GET THERE FASTER
You know what you want, now you have to make it happen. Having a coach to lean on, to cheer you on and to push you will help you get there faster.
Reason 3: PREPARE FOR THE WORST
Achieving a goal isn’t as easy as we'd like to believe. It is a tough journey filled with lots of ups and downs. A coach has seen it all, they have supported many on their journeys plus have usually been on a journey of their own. That means that they know the lows you are about to face and can help prepare you for them. On top of all that, they are there to support you during those tough times.
Reason 4: THE TOOLBOX
Coaches have a toolbox, full of strategies, perspectives, tips and tricks, making it easier to navigate your journey.
Reason 5: SUPPORT SYSTEM
A major key to success is having a strong support system, one that is there for you but one that is also there to keep you accountable. Regular meetings with a coach keeps you on track.
Reason 6: SETS YOU UP FOR SUCCESS
We all have bad habits, ones that prevent you from making your dreams a reality. A coach will help you figure out what those are and provide support and tips on replacing those habits with ones that support your path to success not destroy it.
Reason 7: SAVES YOU TIME
When you give up an hour a week to a coach you’ll actually gain time. Allowing you more work/life balance or time to achieve those goals. Coaches help you figure out time management and how to say “No” to yourself and others.
Reason 8: UNLOCK YOUR INNER WISDOM
When we clear away voices that aren’t ours, develop helpful habits and free up time, an amazing thing happens. We unlock our own inner wisdom that will help guide us in our careers and lives.
Reason 9: BE THE BEST YOU
We hold ourselves back in so many ways. A coach helps you live the life YOU want and help you face FEAR and to push you out of your comfort zone so that you can achieve those careers and lives that you are looking for.
I know that my clients have been helped in these ways as I have been through my own work with my coach.
Finding a coach that you connect with, trust and whose opinion you value is vital. To see if I am that person for you, schedule a free Discover Your Career strategy call.
It’s September and for most people, the feeling of a new beginning. But if you are one those people who hate their jobs, are sick of a long commute or struggling in a job search this time of year can suck.
You want a change and you want it now.
It doesn’t always work like that. But there is some work you can do today that is like pressing fast forward on achieving that change. Which is why I’ve compiled ALL of my top tips, tricks and resources to try and make that happen for you.
Step 1: Know what you want.
You know you want a change. But do you know what that change actually looks like? If you are struggling to define a specific career, job or industry it can have you flailing around and going nowhere.
Instead, if you are laser focused and know exactly what it is you are looking for that allows you to customize everything to achieve that one thing.
Need help? My favourite exercise is the Interests, Motivations and Skills and it focuses on what career fits in with your life, your skill set AND what will bring you joy. I wrote a whole article about it and how this exercise helped me figure out that this was MY dream career.
Cheap Resource: Find Career Happiness Course, only $4.95
Step 2: Write a Stand Out Resume
This is your primary marketing document. You are now a product and your resume is your pamphlet selling you to companies. So make sure that it is telling a cohesive story, one that is relevant to the job and company you are applying for.
And since Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are taking over the world, make sure it is optimized, such as having the right key words in the right format.
I've written a ton on resumes, like the Modern Day rules, how to optimize and writing a winning one.
Free Resource: The Ultimate Resume Checklist
Step 3: Don’t Just Hit Apply
You see an amazing job. You spend hours customizing and optimizing your resume. You hit apply and then you wait. Sound familiar?
I liken applying on job boards to a black hole, you send resumes out only to hear nothing in return.
If you want a job fast, you need to make sure that your resume isn’t getting lost with the rest of them (an average of 250!). So do something about it. Find the key decision maker or who may be the key decision maker and follow up that application with an email to them stating your interest and your differentiating factor.
Step 4: Outsource Your Job Search
Make sure you have has many people out there helping you out in your job search. That includes engaging your current network. A coffee with an old manager, or maybe a lunch with a colleague who works at company you want to work at. These are your strongest advocates, making sure they know what you want and are looking for will help them determine appropriate opportunities for you to consider.
That also includes optimizing your LinkedIn to be found. Found by recruiters. Having an “all-star” LinkedIn profile that is full of great information and keywords, getting as close to the magic number of connections and logging in each and every day will increase your likelihood of showing up in a recruiter’s search.
Cheap Resource: Purposeful Networking Course - $14.95
Step 5: Get Help
Outplacement services (those provided by employers to employees they are laying off) are very similar to Career Coaching services. I should know because I do both!
The great thing about outplacement is that they provide services to a large number of clients which yields great data.
And that data is very promising.
A person engaged in the process with a Career Coach lands a job 50-63% faster than the national average. Crazy right?
So maybe the biggest factor in speeding up your search could be as simple as hiring a coach.
Investment Resource: Career Coaching Packages or Job Search Rescue Plan
Free Resource: Strategy Call with Me
Step 6: Create a Plan
A lot of job searches are chaotic. They begin and end with job boards.
The problem with that is the math. Each job gets on average 250 applications and only 4-6 are selected for an interview. Of that 4-6, not all come from the 250, so only about 10% of applications get an interview (some stats say as little as 2%, eek!).
That means the majority of the time you send out a resume for a posted job, you will never hear anything.
So you need to do more than just applying for jobs but with our natural inclination to centre our search around them you need to create a plan so that you can make sure you do more.
Create a plan that encompasses all the key aspects of a job search, including networking, volunteering, research and preparation and social media.
Free Resource: Dream Career Planner
If you follow these 6 steps, I’m positive you’ll see incredible results. By Christmas, you can be in that dream job. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
Sara Curto, Career Management Specialist. Working with you towards Career and Job Search Success.
Dream Career Planner
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