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The Job-Hunting Process
December 12, 2012
Getting a job is pretty much like selling any other product: first you
prepare the product, then put it on the market, and, finally, sell it. These
steps must be done in that order; if you market yourself before
you know what your focus is, you will probably be wasting your time.
The purpose of this article is to give you an overview of these three phases;
details of the steps are outside the scope of this article, but can easily be
found by searching the web.
publishes an excellent directory of resources for finding jobs in each state; there
may be a workshop near you that could also provide more information.
1. Prepare Your Product (You!)
– you need to be aware of what you have to offer the
world, and what you need the world to offer you (that is, what kind of
environment you work most effectively in.) Links to tests that can help you
determine these things have been collected at
Focus on Your Goals – once you’ve decided what you have to offer the
world and what you need the world to offer you, you should focus on jobs that
can use your skills while offering you what you need. Don’t be tempted to skip
this step by thinking, "I’ll do anything!" You probably won’t, and you
will probably be
wasting your time by trying to get a job before you’ve decided what you really
want to do.
2. Prepare Your Packaging (Marketing)
Marketing is what you do to promote yourself before the interview, and
sales is what you do to promote yourself during the interview. Some
elements of marketing include:
– you should dress a level or two above the dress
typical of the position for which you are applying. Overdressing may send the
message that you won’t fit in, while under dressing may imply that you don’t
Cover Letters – you may not wish to customize your résumé for each
specific position you’re applying for (opinions differ on this) but your cover
letter should always be customized to show how you can meet the
Résumé – these have changed drastically in the last few years; be sure
to learn how they are currently being done from the web or any other resources
you may have.
Business Cards – these should list your basic contact information, the
web address of your LinkedIn profile, and your goal or area of expertise.
There are many online sources that let you design your own cards;
offers a great collection of links to suppliers of traditional business cards,
plus things like metal, wood, and edible business cards. Their page about
"free" business cards is worth reading:
Letters of Endorsement – if a reference is not available, a letter of
endorsement from that reference may be sufficient.
30-Second Elevator Speech – use this when you need to quickly
introduce yourself, create an interest in what you have to offer, and create a
positive first impression. It should cover who you are, what you do, what
makes you stand out, the companies that you’re most interested in (if
appropriate), and a request for assistance in helping you find a position.
Two-Minute Verbal Résumé – use this when you need to tell someone
about yourself and have a little more time. It should cover your area of
expertise, background, credentials, and experience; close with a statement of
why you’re searching for a new position.
Toastmasters – no matter where you go in life or what you do, you will
need to communicate with other people. You’ll be more successful if you
communicate effectively, and the only way to learn to do this is through
practice. At first you may be a little uncomfortable doing this, but rest
assured that it won’t kill you; it has been said, "Everything you ever wanted
is just outside your comfort zone." For more information about the
Weatherford, Texas club see
weatherford.toastmastersclubs.org For other locations please see
Networking – approximately 70% of available positions are never openly
advertised; they are filled by someone known (either directly or indirectly)
to the hiring manager. The larger your network and the more people you know,
the more likely you are to be one of those people. Effective networking
includes communicating the elements of the 30-second elevator speech to your
contacts. Volunteering is an excellent way of extending your network while
getting a foot in the door of places you may like to work.
LinkedIn and other On-Line Social Media –
LinkedIn is much more than just a
professional version of Facebook; it will allow you to network far more
effectively than you could ever do on your own, doing things such as
discovering who the people in your network know, and who you and a colleague
may know in common. LinkedIn is often the second place employers look after an
internal search. As you go through life, collect recommendations on your LinkedIn profile;
this will become your online reputation, visible to anyone
who may be interested in you. Learn how to use LinkedIn from the many
available books or online resources such as
Personal Branding - having a strong personal brand makes you stand
the faceless crowd. To effectively do this you need to be able to effectively
communicate why you are unique (see step #1: Know Yourself.)
Prepare for your interview using Power Poses - for more information
YouTube.com for "Amy Cuddy".
3. Have a Powerful Presentation (Sales)
is a good source for examples.
Thank You Cards – always send one after every interview to everyone
who was involved in the interview. Some people prefer sending a personal
hand-written card, while others feel that email or a text message is sufficient. However you
send it, it must be correctly addressed; this can be facilitated if you
collect everyone’s business card during the interview.
FREE EMPLOYMENT-RELATED RESOURCES IN THE
DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA
|Alliance Opportunity Center Job Club
Recruiting and Networking Meeting
Meets every other Friday at 2 P.M.
|Tarrant County College Corporate Training Auditorium
13600 Heritage Parkway, Suite.100
Fort. Worth, Texas 7617
Come join us for employment opportunities, workshop information, and the
latest updated AOC Job Club booklet of job openings. Please call the Alliance
Opportunity Center at 817.548.5278 for the next meeting date.
Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas offers outstanding workshops,
assessment, counseling, job search training assistance, and selective placement
services to help the unemployed, underemployed and persons with special needs
(physical and emotionally disabled, single heads of households, New Americans,
and the elderly).
To get on their mailing list please contact Allison Harding, Director of
Career and Employment Services at aharding@JFSdallas.org. or call 972.437.9950.
Crossroads Career Transition WorkshopSee
www.crossroadsbible.org/community.asp for the date of the next workshop
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
A free full day workshop taught by recruiters who actually do the hiring;
plus you will have the opportunity to add the presenters to your LinkedIn
- Rex Saoit with Choctaw Nation
- Gail Houston and Leslie Mason with Intuit
- Locke Alderson with Alderson & Associates
- Gayle Bridgeman with Lee Hecht Harrison
- Lori Davis with Improving Enterprises, Inc.
Human Resource professionals specialized in recruitment and staffing will
teach advanced skills, techniques and secrets for job-hunting strategies:
Using the Internet in Your Job Search
Job Search Strategies
Bring your résumé—it will be critiqued by one of the
The workshop is for individuals who are un-employed, under-employed or just
seeking new employment. Many participants have taken the workshop more than
once because of the encouragement it provides. People get to know one another
and exchange information about possible employment. We also connect people via
the Internet to a wide variety of local job leads.
Dress is casual.
Cell phone friendly environment so you won't miss that important call.
Bring a resume - recruiters are on site to review and make suggestions.
Bring business cards (if you have them) for networking with others.
Cost: There is no charge: FREE snacks, Lunch and Workbook.
For more information:
Registration: By email only. firstname.lastname@example.org Confirmation
will be provided via email. Limited attendance. Please do NOT phone the church
office. Reservations are not handled by phone.
Crossroads Bible Church 8101 FM 407, Double Oak, TX 75077
Directions from Weatherford, Texas
Take I-20 east to I-30, to I-820 north, to I-35W north.
Take exit 76 on I-35W north to FM 407 east
Follow FM 407 east for about 10 miles - Crossroads Bible Church will be on
(total distance from Weatherford: about 65 miles)