Podcast #9: The Resource guide for Professional Development
The podcast attached below consists of three segments
▪ Segment 1: Ways you can help Yourself in competitive Job market
▪ Segment 2: Trending news in employment and the job market
▪ Segment 3 and last words: Sister of the week and my closing last words
Ways you can help Yourself in a competitive Job market
If the recent recession taught us anything, it’s that nothing last forever. One day you are gainfully employed, and the next day you are applying for unemployment benefits. And it doesn’t help that the job market is packed with competition from rrecent grads to seasoned professionals. So how do you stand out from the rest in this job market? More importantly, what can you do to assure a level of success in finding the right job in this economy and job market?
Here are some tips to help yourself in a competitive Job market:
◇ Think positive:
Don’t let market conditions get in the way of taking actions. Limit your interactions with people who only talk negative or generalize about market conditions. Try not to be so absorbed in following the news headlines, and gloom-and-doom stories that render you paralysed into inaction. Talking about the problems and lack of opportunities isn’t going to help you achieve any practical results. You only want one position, one job, but if you’ve convinced yourself that there’s nothing out there, then you have 0% chance of finding anything because defeatist thinking makes you retreat into inaction.
◇ Keep positive company
Spend time with positive, open-minded people who are generous in sharing ideas and information; supportive people who you can be open to when you’re having a bad day.
◇ You don’t have to be a Perfectionist
All you need is your talent, drive and desire to succeed and you are already a winner. A great resume will get you into the door. The role doesn’t have to be 100% right. That’s why we have transitional skills. 80% is fine, just send that resume, apply for that not-so-perfect role.
◇ Don’t be too Prideful
Ok, you’ve lost your job, and your ego is bruised a bit. You feel embarrassed to announce it to everyone. You wonder what people will think of you if you start asking for help, so you decide to lie low and try doing it all yourself. Big mistake. Listen, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Losing your job does not make you a loser. It does not mean you’re a poor performer. If anything, you should be telling everyone: family, friends, clients, counter-parties, and vendors. They will be the people who help you. The people who will make calls on your behalf. The people you will lean on for introductions, advice and support. Or maybe you’re too proud to accept help. You want to do it on your merit. You feel you have a responsibility to yourself and your family to protect your career. Don’t let your pride or ego get in the way. Maybe you’re too proud to take a pay cut or shift into a less glamorous job or a less prestigious employer. We’re in a very different market now, completely uncharted waters in many respects. So, adjust your expectations and don’t let your pride get in the way.
◇ Don’t let Fear get in your way
Fear of failure, fear of rejection and fear of looking bad in your job search is guarantee of zero progress. But getting rejected, screwing up and having setbacks are part of job searching. If you’re not getting rejected, you’re not making progress or learning. You have learned nothing about the market and potential opportunities, or yourself. The more you try, the more you learn and improve until you find the right opportunity.
◇ Knowledge is power
If you don’t know the answer to something, which websites you should be looking at, which recruiters you should be talking to, how to improve your resume, how to become better at interviewing, just do something about it. The internet and your network of friends and colleagues will have most of the answers you need.
◇ Be organized
80% of success in job searching is about successful follow-up. So if your papers are all over the place, you have no record of the leads you’re picking up or who you need to follow up with, your job search will be much tougher as you’ll be losing opportunities all over the place. Get yourself a simple Excel spreadsheet, or download a notepad app, and religiously record every lead you get. Then be thorough and persistent in your follow-up. it’s about being organized enough to get the work done, not about building the most advanced database system.
◇ Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Just because you have one great job opportunity that you are confident will come off, doesn’t mean you should take your foot off the gas and stop looking. Relying on one (or two) opportunities is very dangerous in a tight market. A market where decision-makers who seem secure one minute can lose their jobs. So you can be assured that their vacancies go on hold, and internal candidates are preferred, to external applicants. So focus on building a pipeline of opportunities. And wait until you have at least a written offer in your hand before you stop looking for alternatives.
◇ Don’t use computer Technology alone
Computers are great aid in the job search process. Using job sites, career blogs, articles on the web and social media platforms such as LinkedIn to help your search should be a big part of your week if you’re looking for work. But, using technology alone is not a great idea. Often time we get distracted by our emails and social media like, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and random internet searching. Finding a job in a tough market requires you to come out from behind your computer and get out there, meeting people face to face: recruiters, ex-colleagues, friends, family, anyone who you have a relationship with. And doing it consistently, tracking and following up leads. The quality and depth of your relationships with people (not computers) will dictate how successful your job search is. You do that by getting out and meeting people. It’s very easy to think that you have no control over your destiny in the current market. But, that’s not the case. You can control where you want to be and where you want to go by taking charge of your job search and your career. You can do that by taking control of your job search.
Check out the rest of the segments here PODCAST 9: “I am My Sister’s Keeper” 💞 on Anchor:
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