From Kristi: At every industry event I’ve been to in the past year, I’ve met recently laid off meeting planners. With the current unpredictable state of affairs and the rising unemployment rate, many people are wondering what they’re going to be thankful for next year. So I thought it would be worth sharing career coach Mike Ramer’s advice for job seekers.
How to find a job in today’s market
Seven strategies for job advancement in the new year
By guest blogger Mike Ramer, CPC, CSP
- Assess your situation. If you’re employed, what’s the chance you’ll lose your job? Talk to your manager, be upfront and express your concern. If there’s a high probability you could lose your job, start planning now.
- Evaluate your strengths. Write down what you do best. List your top skills and abilities. Think about ways you can add value for a future employer. Get feedback by asking a trusted friend or co-worker.
- Discover your passions. In your current job, what do you enjoy most? When you’re not working, how do you spend your time? What are your hobbies? What topics engage you in conversation? Again, write it down.
- Craft your resume. Customize it with your unique background, skills and experiences. Quantify your accomplishments. Your resume is a reflection of you, so make it stand out. Be professional, yet personal.
- Research the possibilities. Use the Web and talk to others. Your ideal job is the intersection of what you do best (skills/abilities) and what you want to do (passions). This should fit your parameters (location, compensation, lifestyle, etc.)
- Get the word out. Now go after the job you want. Build a contact list to include names, titles, websites, phone numbers and emails. When making contacts and networking, be memorable and aim to arrange meetings.
- Stick to the plan. Stay focused and upbeat. Create activity everyday. Depending on your industry and experience, a job search could take three to twelve months. It’s always smart to have a contingency plan.
For help with your job search, consult with a career coach or job search professional. In today’s times, keep positive and remember this: “If you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
“America’s Career Coach” Mike Ramer is president of Ramer Search Consultants, based in Livingston, N.J. His firm assists in finding employment for senior-level talent throughout the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Ramer is a Certified Personnel Consultant and a trainer for the staffing industry. He has developed a job search consulting service for professionals that guarantees results.
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