I need a new job ASAP! Does this cry for help sound familiar? It has become a common mantra amongst the likes of those desperate to find a new job. Poor economic conditions fear of layoffs and dissatisfaction with current employment circumstances are all fueling the recent increase in job changers. If this is you, then equip yourself with a career guide to increase the likelihood of success.
Unlike the baby boomers, today’s middle class workers have become more loyal to themselves than to companies who prioritize their financial growth above the happiness of their employees. As the middle class gap widens, more and more people find themselves making employment decisions they wouldn’t have considered years ago. Hence the wave of “new job” seekers.
Though this shift is still frowned upon – especially by the all powerful Corporate America – it is now more understandable. Job coaches and career guides present new opportunities for new job seekers. Long gone are the days of hanging in there until the golden age of retirement and pension plans. What pension plans and what golden age of retirement? More pensions have been lost or reduced in the past three years than any other time in American history.
It has been recently suggested that the age of retirement will soon increase to seventy years of age. The golden age is more the copper age and a younger generation seeks to enjoy their lives sooner than later. Not to mention their unwillingness to go down with a sinking ship when they see the handwriting on the wall if a company faces closure or chapter eleven.
You’re probably reading this article because you are now contemplating a new job and need your own career guide. Without further adieu, here are tips to secure that new job from someone who has been on both sides of an interview table.
For the unemployed don’t be timid or embarrassed to put it out there that you’re looking for a job. For the employed, do so tactfully because you don’t want your current employer changing your plans. Communicate with acquaintances in your industry. This can the smoothest of transitions if you play your cards right and use a well constructed career guide.
Not a lot of people consider diligence a job search technique but it is. Once you’ve made contact with someone learn to follow up in a professional manner. Your communication with this individual will help determine your chances of getting an interview.
A little known career guide tip is the tailored search. Are you targeting a specific company? Find out if they outsource to a recruitment firm. If they do, contact that firm and try to get your foot in the door. Are you in a position to volunteer or temp? This might be a good way for you to make an impression. If they don’t use recruiters and/or you can’t afford to volunteer or temp here’s another option. Tailor your cover letter to express interest in joining the company, polish your resume (include their company name in your objective), get a well written recommendation letter and three professional references together. Call the company’s HR department and find out who is the contact for your area of specialty. Get that person’s email and extension number.
Mail the above items to your HR contact and follow up with an email within a week’s time. If you rolled your eyes when you saw the word “mail” understand this; recruiters and HR staff receive several emails in a day, especially after posting new vacancies. It’s easy to just move your message to another folder or delete it. Your mailed envelope is more personal.
There’s a lot more where this came from, but for now, be determined, get out there and get your new job! Accomplishments come with action.
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