Friday, November 19, 2010

Do you ask yourself these 8 quick questions while job seeking?

Written by Marie Duprey

1. Have you ever reached out to your 50 warmest buddies to update them on what you're currently doing ?

If not, send an email to your 50 closest friends, family, old clients and ex-colleagues to update them. Don't contact them simply to send a "with your resume" asking for job leads, simply update them so they really know your circumstances.

2. If i glanced at your Linked-In profile, would I know you're interested in job opportunities? Would I realize what you're trying to do?

3. Are you currently posting some kind of update on Linked-In at least one time weekly? (i.e. so you are subtly on people's radar.)

If not, get into the habit of posting something of value once per week. Post status updates which may be valuable for your network, answer a question inside answers section to demonstrate your expertise or put in a valuable comment in a discussion within one of the groups you're part of.

4. Have you been ‘out and about’ at least one time weekly meeting people in person?

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

You'll stick to people's radar for potential opportunities, often receive some useful advice, laugh and usually feel much better about yourself than you would sitting in the home looking through project sites the whole day.

5. Can you consult with a minimum of two of your fellow people looking for work once a week to talk about ideas and help each other?

6. Have you got a spreadsheet to trace each lead, contact or job you're pursued?

Otherwise, setup a simple spreadsheet to help you to track progress and be sure that you do not fail to follow up on a potential opportunity.

7. Can you religiously and systematically follow-up each and every contact, lead or loose conversation about an opportunity within 24 hours? (a couple of days at the very latest)

If not, how may you be more organised and disciplined in your follow-up?

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

Otherwise, go easy on yourself. It's totally normal to be a little ‘up and down’ emotionally when experiencing employment search or change process.

About me: Marie Duprey writes for the human resources career planning blog. Her mission should be to offer free info to help people take control 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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