Friday, June 26, 2009

If You Lost Your Job Tomorrow - What Would You Do?

If you lost your job tomorrow? What would you do? Are you prepared? Do you know who to call? Do you have an idea of where to begin your search?

Although our unemployment rates are the highest they have ever been, there are still people working - and this concerns me. Why? Because the people that are employed may be among "the walking Jombies".

Jombies? You ask? What is that? It's a term I've created that is a cross between the word "Job & Zombie".

We are not talking about the "cool" zombies featured in Michael Jackson's video "Thriller". We're talking about something much, much scarier.

Why Should Someone That's Employed Care Whether Or Not May Become a "Walking "Jombie""?
A person that's employed should care because if the person lost their job tomorrow, that person would fall into the pattern of the following "zombie like" habits as they search for a job which include the following steps:

  • Look Up Old Job Descriptions From Past Jobs Held
  • Create Resume
  • Create Cover Letter
  • Apply To Positions Featured On The Most Advertised Job Boards (Monster and CareerBuilder)
  • Look Through "The Want Ads" For Available Jobs
  • Apply To Positions
  • Ask Friends & Family If They Know Anyone That's Hiring
  • Repeat....

Over time, this approach results in a very frustrated job seeker, so the job seeker sends more resumes by "pointing and clicking and applying" to more jobs that are posted on online job boards and following this pattern....

  • Apply To MORE Positions Featured On The Most Advertised Job Boards (Monster and CareerBuilder)
  • Look Through "The Want Ads" For Available Jobs
  • Apply To MORE Positions
  • Ask Friends & Family MORE TIMES If They Know Anyone That's Hiring
  • Repeat....

And sadly, in a "Zombie" like state, the person continues this pattern feeling more and more frustrated - and still not finding a job.

How To Prevent "Jombieness"
In the past, I have helped adult job seekers find a job. Even those adults that had no experience in the field that they were targeting - I've helped them find a job. And we were happy - both the job seeker that just found a job and myself - until the unfortunate happens (for some) and the company lays off the person. The person seeks my help after several months pass of them attempting the job search on their own and they are unsatisfied with the results. After chatting with the individual, we both learn that the person fell into "Jombie" job seeker habits mentioned above.

A lot of time could have been saved (and the person could have found a job sooner) if they had tried the following:

  • Look Up Job Descriptions For The Type of Positions You Want To Work For
  • Identify Skills & Qualifications Listed In The Job Description That Match Your Background
  • Copy & Paste Identified Skills & Qualifications Into Resume
  • Create Resume Based Off Of The Job Description For The Job You Are Looking For
  • Make Sure Work Experience Section Contains Job Description Wording Verbatim Along With Results Of Actions/Accomplishments
  • Create Cover Letter Based On Job Description Of Job You Want To Work For
  • Apply To Positions Featured On The Most Advertised Job Boards (Monster and CareerBuilder
  • Look Through "The Want Ads" For Available Jobs
  • Apply To Positions
  • Ask Friends & Family If They Know Anyone That's Looking For Someone With A Background In (Pick 2 Things About Your Background That You Want To Be Known For)
  • Build "Online Brand" Through Actively Using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Creating A Blog Discussing "Things You Would Want To Be Known For In Your Industry"
  • Talk To People That You Meet (Networking)
  • Conduct "Informational Interviews" With Industry Experts Frequently
  • Set Up "RSS Feeds" To Stay Abreast Of Industry Information
  • Create "Google Alerts" To Locate Job Opportunities And Deliver Them To Your Inbox
  • Set Up E-Mail Alerts For Jobs On
  • Contact Companies That Interest You
  • Attend Networking Events When Possible
  • Repeat....

WOW! That's A Loooong List!
Is this list much longer than the original - yes. But notice the most important thing, you first start with customizing your resume and cover letter to the JOB YOU ARE APPLYING TO. This step alone is key, the second most important step - TALKING ABOUT ACCOMPLISHMENTS. If just these two things are done first - it will improve the quality of your job search - significantly.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but at least this should help you get started. If you are employed and reading this blog - great! Start trying these steps (If unemployed - start these steps - NOW!!!). If you practice these steps now and something happens to your job, you will be much closer to finding another one. And if you don't loose your job, then you have built some great relationships along the way! So it's a win win situation!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hope this helps. Now you know what to do if you were to loose your job tomorrow - and you are more prepared! Feel free to comment below...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Job Searching Is A Lot Like Pizza

Still job searching? Wondering WHY you are still job searching? It could be that you need to change your "recipe".

Think about job searching like you think about your favorite food....

In this example, we'll use pizza.

Most people like pizza. It's been listed as one of the most highly consumed foods in America - and why not? There's plenty of choices. You can pick where you want your pizza from. The restaurant down the street or the restaurant a few miles down. You can pick your toppings. Cheese only? No problem. You like cheese and sausage - no problem (and it's usually readily available). Want something that's not the typical fare? Say cheese, pineapple, anchovies, and spinach? You place the order and it's ready shortly.

Most people will not compromise on their pizza. They want what they want so far as toppings and sometimes even places go. Some people will not stand for a pizza with certain toppings, no matter how much the delivery guy/girl begs them to take it.

Some people will even pay more for a pizza that they really feel has everything that they are looking for.

So how do people's pizza preference and job searching mix?

Think of yourself as a pizza and the hiring manager as someone that wants to "order" you. The hiring manager wants specific items on his/her pizza. They are very specific with the "toppings" that they want on their pizza. Each topping that they want represents a skill or qualification. When they look at the "menu" they are looking for these toppings and nothing else will do. So that means if the hiring manger wants mushrooms, then they are scanning the menu for that exact word - mushrooms. Mushrooms are also a form of fungus, however, if the menu said "fungus" instead of mushrooms, how many people do you think would order it? If you are looking for mushrooms on your pizza and you saw "fungus" on the menu as a topping - would you order it? No.

The "Resume Pizza" ..... Hold The Onions Please!

So now let's think of your resume as a pizza. The hiring manager is looking for specific toppings/skills that are on your resume - verbatim. They aren't really looking for anything extra. Nothing unrelated on your resume.

Example - Executive Assistant "Pizza"

Here's a job opening for a "High Level Executive Assistant Pizza" - these are the "Toppings":
- Handle all administrative work including meeting/calendar coordination

- Prepare correspondence including letters, emails (including dictation from CEO)

- Maintain accurate filing systems and extensive contact database

At a bare minimum, your "Resume Pizza" should include these words - verbatim - in the "work experience" section. If you have something unrelated such as "handled cash register" - consider that an "onion", something that wasn't part of the order. Why? Because the hiring manager ordered specific items for his/her "Executive Assistant Pizza", so your resume should reflect what was ordered. "Handled cash register" is not one of the requested toppings and shouldn't be on your "Resume Pizza" that is being customized to an Executive Assistant.
When you have the right toppings on your "Resume Pizza", like most people that order pizza, it increases the chances of the hiring manger calling your "pizza place" to place an "order". If your "pizza" is the best they have ever seen (meaning your "toppings" match what they are looking for) then they are even willing to pay more for your "pizza" as opposed to someone else's pizza that doesn't come as close to what they are looking for = Increased salary in job offer.

So are you hungry? Good! After you order a real pizza, sit down and create your "Resume Pizza" based on what the hiring manager is asking for.

Did this help you? Feel free to post comments below.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hate Your Job? Ways To Cope & Still Be Effective.

Some people would say that this topic - hating your job - especially when most people feel that having a job is fortunate is a taboo topic. But, there is a groundswell of the American population that exists according to that hate their job - 30% actually. Then there's a segment of people - 50% - that neither love nor hate their jobs, this segment is neutral. So how does one cope? Especially when hating your job causes an immense amount of stress and compromises overall workplace productivity.

Which brings up a very good article that i came across from "" on what to do if you DO hate your job. CLICK HERE or copy and paste this link

Key Points Of The Article:

  • Identify What You Are Happy With

  • Develop Skills In Your Current Position That You Can Take With You Into Your New Role

  • Appreciate Your Current Job As Much As Possible

I Know It's Hard But.....
Right now you may feel under valued, under appreciated, angry, and resentful. But holding on to those feelings will taint your productivity and your ability to focus. When you are not focused, you can't work toward your goals. You can't strategize and think of what your next move will be - either to stay and "work it out" with your current employer or move on to a new one.

Most Importantly....
It's important to think about how you are able to provide for your family because of the current job that you have. The next time you purchase something, thank the heavens that it's the job that you have right now that enables you to pay for your family's needs.
Thank you for taking time to read this article. Feel free to post any comments or questions!

Friday, June 5, 2009

One More Reason To Use Twitter - Food Vendors Are Doing It

Twitter is a very usefull tool and ultimately you get out of it what you make of it. Want proof? Even food vendors have found a way to maximize Twitter. View the following article -

This goes to show that if food vendors can utilize Twitter to help their business - you can utilize Twitter to help you in the business of finding a job! More tips coming soon!

Have ideas or questions about how to use Twitter to find a job? Feel free to post in the comment section below. Thank you for taking time to read this!