Getting a job is a job!

“Getting a job is a job” was a phrase I used this past week when I spoke with a friend who is now jobless.  He was notified that his job had been eliminated.  Stunned, he was trying to figure out what to do next.

If you have not been jobless over the past few years, one thing that you will notice is that the techniques used in years past to find a job are basically a relic. 

If you think that you could just cruise the internet, find a posting and attach your resume to submit, you are sadly mistaken.  The reason is that hundreds of others are clicking on that same submit button.  Everything else being equal, how are you going to stand out?  If your resume has not been upgraded to show value, it is just like dropping it into the ocean in a bottle and hoping someone will pick it up. 

How do you bring value?

People are hired based on the value that they bring.  The person that gets the job are perceived as having more value to the organization that the others in the running.  That value will allow the lucky recipient to negotiate a high salary and other perks.

So based on that scenario, how does your resume sync with the posted job description?  Does your resume have a strong narrative that will allow you to compete?  Will the value proposition come through on your resume?

If you are a professional, you should consider having a professional resume writer craft a new resume.

The job hunt model

 Each and every day should be viewed with structure and process.  When you had a job, you got up at a certain time.  When you got into work, hopefully you had a routine for the day. 

The job hunt has to have the same structure, however with a twist.  Clear a space that will allow you to work uninterrupted.  If not, you can always use your local library.  You should simulate an office environment as much as possible.  Once this structure is in place, the work begins.

Your first stop every day should be your LinkedIn page.  Think of this as your own free space to develop your narrative and value.  This is one link that so many people fall short.  They tell you it is not complete and they do not have many connections.  Think about the narrative that this page gives off if it is not complete.

The LinkedIn Bible

LinkedIn also is used more and more by recruiters to post jobs.  85% of recruiters now say that this is the first stop for them to search for a candidate.  Search for your title in the job section and see what jobs are listed.  Recruiters are now more than ever posting jobs her because this is the largest professional database in the world.

Another painful exercise is to try and see where your profile comes up in a search.  Search under people for your targeted job title.  Do you see your name?  If not, take a look at the top 5 names that popped up.

 Review their profiles to give you a sense of how to revise yours.  The higher you are in the search the more value you are perceived to have. 

How many contacts do you have?  Think of connection as the new business card.  If you have been in business for a while, you would have theoretically collected hundreds of business cards.  Connections are the new business cards.  Meet someone new; ask them to connect on LinkedIn.  Business cards carry no value but your profile could and should.

See a job, check to see who you know in your connection that works at that company.  A resume that is referred by someone internally carries more value than the submit button. 

The most effective job board is Indeed.com.  Indeed is a search engine that searches ALL jobs listing for the title you are looking for and sends you an email every day.  One email does it.

Networking.  Your next daily process is networking.  Each day you should make 3 to 5 phone calls.  These calls should be to former colleagues, people that you have met in your industry or people that are in the industry that you want to land.  Again this is a step that many people fall short on. 

You must network throughout your career and you must build relationship with people.  The optimum way to do this is to do it while gainfully employed.  My father’s favorite saying was “dig the well before you need the water.”

Coffee Date.  So now that you have laid out a few steps in the job search model, the other step is to get out of the house at least one day a week, to meet someone over coffee or lunch.  I prefer coffee because people know coffee is not a time constraint like lunch.  This is an important part of your job search in that it allows you to connect face to face with people.

Day Off.  The other final step is to take one day off per week to clear your mind.  This could be the gym, a long walk, scenic drive or something that you find relaxing.

This process while not a guarantee to find a job, it is an effective process to get you prepared for the value that you will bring to the interview and hopefully land that assignment.

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