Trying Everything to Get a New Job
Joyce Lain Kennedy
Even with 20 years' experience, I haven't had an interview since last year. I think I've tried everything to get a job. What am I missing? -- E.L.
You and the economy are missing jobs. But here are some classic suggestions to tape to your closet door and review each morning.
Establish objectives so you can connect your qualifications to qualification requirements in the places where you want to go. Executive talent agent
Track your resume
Avoid submitting your resume and waiting for an invitation to interview. Instead, use free tracking technology to follow up, advises marketing expert
Work the phones
Job hunting is harder work than doing the job. Networking pros say it takes 200 to 300 telephone calls or contacts to turn up 10 live job leads. In this economy, you probably need to double those numbers.
Stalk reputation blemishes
Do you know what others are saying about you online as a person or as a worker? Find out.
Negotiate with "golden tonsils." When you can do the work but lack the normal industry experience or education, the only way to beat the deficit is to get to the boss you'd be working for. Then let the boss run interference with HR staff. Negotiating skill is key to this move. Read
Periodically check back with each contact, including those who turned you down. Change happens. And scout for leads by talking with vendors, accountants, bankers and marketing staff.
Audit your interview presence
Have you developed unattractive, desperate overtones that undermine you in interviews? Practice interviewing with a video recording and work with video until you present yourself as confident and competent.
Are you so financially strapped that your judgment is affected? Do any legal thing you have to do -- drive a cab at night or moonlight anywhere you can. Drive neighborhood streets and notice businesses that may want to temporarily hire you at a bargain wage. Think of odd jobs you can do for
Develop cheerful compadres
Whether you tie up with a fellow job-hunting buddy or join a free job club, try to stay off anti-depressant pills by hanging with people who see the bright side of life even when they're standing in the rain at midnight. Nothing will take you out of the hiring race faster than coming off as a person of misery. Find job clubs online by Web-searching for "job clubs" followed by the name of your city.
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If you don't find anything in today's tips that you can use, review the free archives of my column on my website: sunfeatures.com.
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