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What to Consider When Using a Headhunter During a Job Search

Headhunters are great to have as among your friends and acquaintances in growing your job network. Make sure you have two or more headhunters in your regular work contacts. And consider building great relationships with them. Make them aware if you’re on the look out for a job in the market. They’re usually among the best sources of latest information (not posted on job ads) on what’s been taking place in the labor market, particularly the jobs available that call for certain particulars on background, depth and breadth of experience – even in a down market. But keep in mind the following (which this author culled from his own experiences doing headhunting with a small firm, immediately after college):

1) HEADHUNTERS WORK FOR THE INTERESTS OF THEIR CLIENTS. Their clients are the ones who pay them their fees to keep their businesses going and growing. As such, they’re always on the look out for applicants to successfully place candidates for their clients. The faster they’re able to complete these assignments, the better. This is another gauge for clients to keep on giving headhunters succeeding assignments (preferably on an exclusive arrangement). As such, you may subsequently be treated like a commodity on which their best hopes (based on their expertise and experience) are rested (or wagered) so they can do their next billing.

2) WHEN TO MEET WITH A HEADHUNTER. The best period to meet and know headhunters is when you’re still employed, and doing very good in your job. As such, your resume looks better to prospective employers when you’re currently employed. This also gets you, as a job hunter, to be in an advantageous position to negotiate for a better package. Ask any headhunter about this observation, and they’ll usually say “it depends.” However, the best match for a job and a candidate happens usually with someone who’s still employed. Competitors among players in the same industry who use headhunters usually have the ideal or the near-ideal candidate they have in mind who are currently employed by their competitors – or else they could have easily done the recruitment themselves.

3) SOME HEADHUNTERS SPECIALIZE BY INDUSTRY, OR BY LOCATION. The job hunter has to approach headhunters who may be specializing in industry/ies where the job hunter is targeting to get into. But in case you’ve known a certain headhunter, it’s best to approach this headhunter to introduce your credentials and background to him / her. The headhunter may give you referrals to their other contacts in their business.

4) HEADHUNTERS’ ETHICAL PRACTICES. Headhunters don’t “headhunt,” or poach prospective candidates from their own clients (or where they have previously made a successful placement), for this creates a lasting poor impression on clients. If you are aware that your current employer makes use of certain headhunters, it’s very helpful to make the approach, meet and know the headhunter in case you decide you’re in the market. The headhunter may then be able to consider you as a prospective candidate – as you are the one who approached (and not the other way around).

5) SOME ACCOUNTS ARE ON A BEST-EFFORTS BASIS. This means a “job requirement” in a client-company has been waiting for referrals from several headhunting groups, or even from the own recruitment being done by the client-company. As such, there may be several headhunters working to make a successful placement of a candidate. Ask the headhunter you’re talking with about this, so you, as a job hunter won’t be disappointed when recruitment and placement completes so fast (or so slow, depending on certain situations).

6) SOME HEADHUNTING GROUPS HAVE SPECIALIZED PERSONNEL. Some of them have a lean number of people working for them. Depending on the structure of their organization, some have people who do both marketing (of the headhunting services to clients), and the search services (“hunting” for prospective candidates). Some headhunting groups usually have their marketing people getting in touch with you as among their prospective candidates for a search assignment. But they won’t know much about the job details. If you agreed to come over for an initial interview (which some headhunting groups still do), you’ll be asked to talk with a recruitment specialist who will then conduct the interview. Your next step is gather more about the job, if this happens – so that you can decide if you will pursue the opportunity or not.

7) THE BEST HEADHUNTERS ARE USUALLY AMONG THE BEST MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS IN THEIR FIELDS. They provide the best search specialty advise, the best matching services (between a job vacancy and a candidate) in terms of their capabilities in showing two or more candidates for a shortlist within reasonable period of time. However, not every one among headhunters is able to do this. Some of them may just still be learning the ropes of this type of consulting business.

8) COMPLETION OF PROJECT. The headhunting process may take a minimum of 4 weeks of processing before completion. Expect to spend time waiting before a job is offered to you, if you get the opportunity to be interviewed and shortlisted (i.e. among the top candidates, usually not more than 4 candidates) for a job.

9) SEEK HELP FROM HEADHUNTERS FOR YOUR NEXT MANAGERIAL JOB. Headhunters have to be worth their fees so that their client-companies would be most willing to pay them big professional fees. Usually, client-companies will just be willing to pay such amounts for higher level recruitment, of which the headhunter is best suited to handle.

10) BACKGROUND OF HEADHUNTERS. Some headhunters and clients belong to the same “old boys network,” those who have the same (social) backgrounds. Members or insiders play “chummy-chummy” with each other, just like in other exclusive groupings. Figure out how to penetrate their circle. This will be a key for you in getting access to high-level job opportunities usually available to those who are in-the-know.

And don’t get surprised if you’ll be asked to show up for interviews with several clients, even if you’re not that keen to get into a new job now. The headhunter may be seeing you as possessing great potentials to get placed (i.e. offered a job). Headhunters run a business, remember.

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Job Search Emails – Avoiding the Spam Filters

The Subject Line is the Most Important Facet of Your Emails

Every job seeker knows that they have approximately 20 seconds or less to impress a hiring manager with their resume and attending cover letter.

It is equally well known that Recruiters & internal HR professionals are inundated with unsolicited emails on a daily basis, a large percentage of which are from those seeking employment, businesses trying to market their new products, etc. In other words, something is ‘wanted or needed’ from the recipient.

Unfortunately, many of these unsolicited emails end up in the spam folders because of incorrect punctuation such as exclamation points, and ineffective subject lines.

As an example, I have seen ‘please see attached resume’, which of course tells me nothing – not even what type of position the individual is applying for, or what experience they have to offer my firm.

Naturally, putting something like ‘please see attached resume’ or ‘stop, I’m the right one’ in your subject line guarantees that the spam filters will capture it, or worse, the intended recipient will receive the email and have to take their time to put it in the spam folder themselves – making a mental note of the sender’s name, I might add.

Conversely, if you put something such as ‘B2B Marketing Expert’ or ‘Vice President, Special Non-Profit Projects in Ottawa’, you will likely be successful in dispatching your email to the intended party, and have a much better chance that your email will indeed be opened and read.

Personalizing Your Email – Full Contact Name

It is an entirely different matter if your job search emails are ‘solicited’ for specific positions where you are told what to enter into the subject line, and are either given a direct email address, and/or given the individual’s name to direct your correspondence to.

However when this information is not readily available to you, it is your responsibility to learn whom the email should be directed to by performing a little research on the firm you are targeting. You may be able to quickly Google the company name and learn the contact names quickly or perhaps take a wee bit longer to find they are listed on a professional network such as LinkedIn.

Attention Grabbing Details – Use Bullet Points

Now that you have piqued their curiosity, it is imperative that your email content grabs them and holds them long enough to quickly read your first body of text, which would ideally be your major career accomplishments.

Remember you are competing with literally hundreds of others in this individual’s overflowing email inbox, so it is imperative that you are very efficient and powerful in communicating your value.

Make it easy for the recipient to see what it is you have to offer, whether you are conducting a job search, or marketing a new product or tool for your firm. Using bullet points, you can quickly highlight five or so items that will appeal to your specific target audience.

Make it Brief & Succinct

I know from personal experience that it can be difficult to keep in mind that your ‘email’ should be a brief and succinct message, versus a ‘cover letter’ in your job search toolkit.

Simply follow the instructions laid out in the job advertisement and act accordingly, as there will be instances where you will be asked to provide a ‘cover letter email’ rather than ‘attaching’ a cover letter in Word or RTF (rich text format).

Make your best effort to make your emails as short as possible, while still holding a powerful impact, highlighting your major achievements and accomplishments, and clearly stating what it is you are ‘offering’ and ultimately seeking from the recipients.

Complete Contact Info

Although this seems rather obvious, you do want to give the party as many avenues as possible to contact you, aside from your return email and telephone number.

If you have a strong professional portfolio set up on the Internet, share that link, just as you would do with your professional LinkedIn Profile. If you have a career website, be sure the URL is active and working properly when you add it to your closing.

I do not suggest including the more ‘personal’ social networking URLs such as your Twitter or Facebook page, as you want your target audience to see your ‘professional’ side, versus the more intimate side of your personality profile.

An Effective Job Search Strategy is Essential

In our current economically challenged employment market, job seekers must flex every advantage, pull every string and develop strategies that focus on every aspect of an effective job search. Many jump into their search with little or no preparation or planning. Investing time in developing an effective job search strategy will pay off in the short and long term. A strategy refers to a plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal. Strategies may change throughout the job search life-cycle, and adjustments may be needed in your tactical plan. By assembling a strategy and set of tasks, you establish key components to keep you on track.

The purpose of creating a strategy is to identify major objectives to be met during your job search. Your tasks are part of a tactical plan geared to meeting specific objectives including; identifying potential target companies, industries, positions, network contacts, and your daily search routine.

Some of the most overlooks strategies in an effective job search are:

• The value of networking
• Tapping he hidden job market
• The value of researching positions, companies and the people who work there
• Persistence and planned followed up

Networking with business professionals, friends, past associates and new contacts expands your reach enabling you to gather valuable information about potential opportunities. People-know-people and in most cases they will refer you to decision makers who can assist uncovering hidden opportunities and connections.

Hiring managers, decision makers and executives typically are tuned into potential positions being discussed. Many executives have the authority to create positions that satisfy a critical need within organization. Additionally, a VP of Marketing may have a good friend at XYZ Company who has a need for a Senior Information Technology resource. Don’t limit your network and networking to decision makers in your field alone. Cast a broad net!

In order to tap the hidden job market, ask each contact the following question. Do you know decision makers who know people willing to talk briefly about your job search? The question opens a broad field of potential contacts with a snowball effect of offering many new resources that can assist you.

By using your existing contact list, your target companies, network contacts, schedule meetings and phone conversations to begin your search. You should have at least three major goals for each conversation: 1) Introduce yourself, highlighting your skills and experience and target positions and companies, 2) Seek out information about your contacts position within the company, responsibilities, challenges, hobbies etc. Offer your new contacts assistance by way of network referrals, information, etc. Demonstrate that you have a genuine interest in learning more about them. 3) Ask for referrals and additional network contacts that can assist with your search.

Researching the company, position, challenges and work environment will put you a step ahead of most other candidates. It’s easy to send a generic resume and cover letter and hope to hear back. In most cases you will not. A more effective approach is to research the position by making contact with people who work for or know about the company. Gather company information, learn about the work environment and the challenges the company and area faces. Use your information to demonstrate that in addition to being highly qualified candidate, you also have a good understanding of areas where you can provide additional value. Nick Corcodilos, The Headhunter, has written a number of excellent books about the value of demonstrating your ability to perform the job, understand the company challenges and have the abilities to present your skills against the position you are pursuing.
Persistence and planned follow up helps monitor your job search progress and is perceived as an excellent quality by professional contacts. Most professionals will view your persistence as a positive attribute, which will increase your chances of success.
Here are a few simple tasks you might want to consider adding:
• Maintain a daily log of all job search correspondence and include for each entry, date, contact name, title, company, reason or job etc. Include a comments area for updating the latest status and future follow up.
• Develop a simple follow up system to get back to contacts and potential opportunities,
• Be professional, don’t spam your contacts with excessive e-mails, phone calls or voice mails. Respect your contacts time and business schedule.
• Reasonable follow-up after your initial contact attempt might be three follow-ups over a three week period that includes phone calls and e-mails.
• If not response is received – move on to your next perspective contact.
• Grow your network of contacts through daily interactions. The more new contacts you make the greater opportunity you have to penetrate the hidden jobs market.
Revisit your strategy and tactical plans periodically and making adjustments based upon your success. Learn from failures and celebrate successes and never stop networking.

Top 6 Tips For Giving a Great Job Interview and Getting a Job

There are numerous challenges in life nowadays, and giving a job interview is one of the most stressful. So, we hope that you will make use of these tips when giving your next job interview, to put across your abilities and character in a fashion that gets you the job you would like.

The guidelines governing the mechanics of giving a great job interview and getting a job are part science ( objective ) and part art ( subjective ) So, how do you make absolutely sure to get great results?

Your answer should be to provide great information, and communication. It is a fact that doing almost anything is achievable when you are aware of what is needed. Anything is simpler to do when you’re well-informed when talking about it. To get excellent results with giving a great job interview and getting a job, you must just know more about how precisely to do it. So, read on!

Detailed here are five effective tips for giving a convincing and convincing job interview and getting a job:

One. Have all the essential details about yourself correctly rehearsed in your conscious mind. These include education, pass-times, interests and prior work experience. Try and slant what you are saying about your education, your interests and the roles you have had in your jobs to date to show why you’d be the best applicant for this job.

This is vital because your interviewers will be desiring to discover this info and determine that you’re the person you say that you are in the job application you submitted. The results once you follow these ideas are that you make it easy for them to do their job, which they will always like.

Two. Ensure you demonstrate a certain amount of keen anticipation for the job you are being interviewed for. Remember, the interviewer is looking for somebody they feel will be perfectly fitted to the job publicized. Which is essential because, if you come across as having little interest in the position, do you really think that you will be offered it?

Three. Ensure you do the research on the company offering the job and the job role itself so you give a sound impression of your understanding at the interview. And also because most jobs today are so heavily applied for that you will need to show a glint of something special and additional which you may bring to the job, to get most jobs.

Four. Reinforce your job application with real proof of what you have done in prior jobs. Do not just give a uninspiring 1 or 2 word outline of your role – do be sure that you elaborate.

Give precise outlines of individual aspects of the work you did. Again, attempt to emphasise examples of jobs you performed that would make you good for the job you have applied for.

The explanation for this is that you show yourself as an individual and show how well you were committed to doing your prior job well.

It’s also actually useful because many candidates will fail at this, and by doing it you instantly raise your quality application above almost all of the others submitted.

Five. Work out previously the type of abilities and qualities you’re feeling you’d need to perform the job you are trying for, and think about as many good examples as you can, of how you have demonstrated these in your work and personal life until now. This a brilliant idea, as you’ll be properly prepared when you get questions about this during your interview.

Questions which are often asked during interviews include:

“Explain what skills and experience will you be bringing to this job which will help you and your team”?

“How well do you work in a team”?

Readiness of this sort will help to raise your confidence in the interview.

Six. Try to do well with your appearance. Remember, initial impressions are some of the biggest impressions the interviewer is going to have of you, so go hell for leather to make those initial impressions count. Consider the sort of personality qualities and character qualities you believe somebody good at the job you have requested would demonstrate, and try and come across at the interview as having those qualities.

And, the reason why is this vital is, thanks to the natural human trait of recollecting first appearances, and irrespective of how we’d try otherwise, not permitting first thoughts about somebody to color later thoughts about them.

However, should you feel that an interview started badly, don’t be too worried. First impressions will get replaced to a degree by an interviewee showing his or her real character, if the applicant really is well suited to the job, as an empathy builds up between those present throughout the interview period.

Other reasons for this are the interviewers won’t only want a worker who can do the job well, they will wish to have a person who will fit-in with their associates and get on inside the company environment and kinds of people already employed.

Finally, do research the location of the interview office and how you will get there, and park you car if driving etc, well in advance. All the good work you do before an interview will be damaged if you arrive late, or just in time – but stressed up by a difficult and rushed journey.

Just punctiliously follow the six tips above and you can expect good results in giving job interviews and getting a job. You may then expect to have all the joys, benefits and fruits those good results will bring.

If you ignore these six tips, prepare yourself for far worse results, and at the same time lower benefits.

By Steve Evans. Learn how to get good government jobs by visiting this government jobs site at

Seven Ways to Get Noticed in Your Job Search

Do you feel like you’re on an endless journey of not finding a job?

Do you hate being ignored when you send your resume to countless employers?

Are you approaching your job search like everyone else? BINGO!

You’re just blending in with the Job Search Herd when you’re like everyone else. In order to get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers, you must stand out from the Herd.

Don’t Blend In – Be Different

How to do this? Be creative. Take a different approach to your job search and you’ll start to see positive responses.

For instance:

(1) Have business cards advertising “You” and your job search.

(2) Create an Elevator Pitch that focuses on what you can do for your next company.

Write a Resume that Gets Noticed

(3) Build a Resume that is focused on satisfying the needs of your next employer, and you are ahead of the Job Search Herd.

Recruiters see hundreds of resumes that all look the same. Additionally, the Applicant Tracking Software that most recruiters utilize ignore resumes that don’t match specific job competency requirements.

(4) To successfully get through the Recruiting and Applicant Tracking Software gate, simply copy the “Needed Job Competencies” of the position in which you’re interested and paste them on your resume.

Your job skills and competencies should be in the top one-fourth of the first page of the resume.

Important! If you don’t have at least 95% of the needed position skills, DO NOT apply to the position or pirate the job posting.

Always Include Results

(5) The “Results” section of your resume should be placed directly below the “Job Skills and Competencies” section of the resume. The results should be reflective of the job competencies you just listed.

Now, you can be like everyone else and include a chronological listing of your past employers. Recruiters only want to see the last ten years of employment. If you want to include more, add an additional section, “Early Career History,” and list only the employer name and your job title. No need to brand yourself as being older by listing dates and specifics in which there is little or no interest.

(6) Lastly, think like an employer. If you were the Hiring Manager what words on your resume would get attention? Hint: Action-oriented words written in the present tense get more attention. The words used in the “Results” section of your resume should be solutions oriented. Simply state the problem and how you helped your company solve the problem.

(7) The “Results” section must include metrics. Executives like to see numbers and relate better to numbers than to words.

Below is an example of a resume that has been created by utilizing a job posting’s needed competencies and enhanced with a listing of results that include metrics.

A Sample of an Awesome Resume



City, State Address email address @ 713-555-1212


(Name of the position listing)

Dynamic and versatile Design Engineering Manager with proven superior performance in planning, directing, orchestrating and executing initiatives to deliver quality on-time Design Engineering products and services. (contains key words in the position listing)


(copied from position listing)

Stimulation software expertise in 3D CAM and FEA/Stimulation software for product enhancement and/or development.

Stimulation software utilized to accurately check manufacturing drawings from models for design projects underway.

Develop on-going reports for submission to customer and management related to product incidents in the field.

Responsible for solving and/or resolving all manufacturing and/or assembly issues.

Perform or coordinate analysis at third-party laboratories to confirm material conformance to specifications or reaction of product materials to application fluids. (copied from Job Posting Description)


(matches Job Skills above with Results and Metrics added)

Effectively utilized stimulation software EXPERTISE in 3D CAM and FEA/Stimulation software for product enhancement and./or development at XYZ Company. RESULTS: 98% effectiveness; $80,000 cost savings.

Significant Successes at ABC Corp. through the effective design of Stimulation software. Results: On-going patents pending; $10 million savings; 90% customer satisfaction

Developed management and customer reports related to product incidents in the field. Results: $3 million contracts secured; anticipated marketing valued at $10 million.

Responsible for solving and/or resolving all manufacturing and/or assembly issues at ABC Corp. and XYZ Company, netting manufacturing savings of approximately $20 million.

Manager responsibilities include analysis at third-party laboratories to confirm material conformance to specifications or reaction of product materials to application fluids. Results: total manufacturing production savings at three companies: $80 million.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE(listed in chronological order)

(complete resume in the typical format)

Follow the above example and you’ll get noticed as being above the Job Search Herd. You’ll quickly pass through the Recruiter and Applicant Tracking System gate and onto Interview Scheduling.

Good Luck and Happy Job Hunt!

Karol Zerr is offering a FREE E-book, GET A JOB, on her two websites: and

Karol has helped 10,000+ people find their ideal jobs and grow their careers successfully. Her career tips are written from a Human Resources view and are not published elsewhere

Tips To Improve Your Job Search Campaign!

Tips to analyze your and improve your job hunting results.

Your car won’t start or your dishwasher quits working what’s the first thing you do? Right, you begin troubleshooting. Sometimes it’s easy to fix-maybe your car is out of gas or the circuit breaker is tripped to the dishwasher. All solved through carefully examining the simple and obvious before we call in the experts. Here are some simple and obvious job hunting problems that you can probably fix yourself.

If your job search has been going on for some time with unacceptable results maybe it’s time to do some critical thinking and analysis of your job hunting efforts. First, you have to discover where your job search is not working and fix what is wrong, or develop additional options and perhaps move in another direction. Further, some of your job seeking efforts may need to be analyzed to find out what specifically you can do to improve results.

Here are four job hunting problem areas you can start to examine so you can properly analyze and improve your job search efforts:

1. Problem: Not generating enough viable job openings. Usually this is caused by career and job goals that are too broad or you are restricting your job search to a narrow geographical area or an industry where there are few job openings.

Take a careful look at your career objectives. Focus your job hunting efforts that closely match you skills and qualifications. If you are changing careers work hard on finding transferable skills that match the qualifications for the new career.

Work more on uncovering job leads by networking. Make sure everyone in your network is crystal clear as to your job objectives.

Spend more time researching possible job opportunities. Reject possible dead-end careers and industries.

2. Problem: Few good results compared to effort. Probably no job search plan, with measurable daily job hunting effort. May be not spending enough time on productive job hunting efforts.

Build a job search plan with daily, weekly and monthly goals. Make you goals measurable and celebrate each milestone. Get off the job boards and spend the time in more productive pursuits like networking and appropriate research.

Plan on working full-time on your job search campaign. After a medical check-up add some regular physical activity goals to your job hunting plan. Watch your diet. This combination will add to your self-confidence and job hunting is all about self-confidence.

3. Problem: Little or no telephone or face-to-face job interviews. Probably caused by a too general a resume and a cookie-cutter cover letter and few job leads from you network.

Focus you resume and cover letter on the specific requirements and qualifications required to do the job.

Re-energize you network. Work harder to add more people to your network.

Since it’s been said that up to 75% of all positions are in the “hidden” job market plan to do more, make more contacts, ask for referrals and widen you network to generate more interviews.

4. Problem: Interviews but no job offers. May be caused by too little interview research and preparation.

Improve you interview communication skills by video taping mock interviews. Practice both telephone interview techniques and face-to-face interviewing skills. Work hard to eliminate annoying habits. Practice good answers to tough questions. Research the employer, the industry and the interviewer. Have questions ready to turn the interview into a conversation.

Search your network to learn more about the open position and possible employees currently working for the employer.

Sell yourself as a problem solver who can resolve the challenges facing the job, department and possibly the company.

If any of these job search problems match what may be wrong with your job hunting efforts, hopefully we’ve got you started in the right direction. At a minimum it should spark an examination of your job search campaign and motivate you to upgrade your activity in areas that you can improve. Taking daily action on these upgraded methods should help you find the right job sooner rather than later.

John Groth has changed careers seven times during his working life. Learn more about job search techniques and career planning at Discover how others over age 50, built winning career plans and found the right jobs and careers by career planning after 50.

Five Secrets to Accelerating Your Job Search

Having coached many people through a job loss and rehire transition, my research shows that key attitudes and actions that make a big difference. I call them secrets because most job seekers ignore these. Stand out by learning and doing what works.

Secret #1: Shift From the “My Experience” to the “Employer Solution Mindset”

As a hiring manager, I remember reading stacks of resumes. Their title, experiences, and related information formed a message. But was it the message that got them noticed?

The first shift is thinking like an employer. Make it clear to them how your experience solves a problem they care about. Don’t make them translate your experience to the benefit they’re looking for.

Compare a career objective statement of “A detail-oriented accountant seeks a position with a top company” to more employer solution language such as “A proven problem-solving accountant seeks to partner with a growing company to help them manage growth.” If you want to partner with a small and growing company, this will get noticed especially if your experience supports this statement.

Secret #2: Use Their Words

Many years ago I toured a technical staffing services group that got 30% more hires than any comparable company. Why? They made sure the resume they sent over to the hiring client used the words the client was looking for. So can you.

How? Simply review the job posting and make a note of the key words and phrases they use. They might list things like “team-oriented problem solver.” Would this stand out on your resume? Not only does this help your resume come to the top of stack in a computer search, but it will help the hiring manager like you more.

I also use a phrase from the job posting in my cover letter. Use phrasing like “the wording in your job posting that mentioned ‘strong analytical skills’ resonates strongly with my 20-year experience as a management consultant.”

Secret #3: Network Till It Hurts

It’s no secret that most jobs don’t get posted. Why? First, they want to trust those they already know (their employees) to refer people like them. It’s easier and often results in a good hire in less time for them. But if you haven’t let your social know that you are looking, they won’t know to reach out to you. It’s that simple.

Secret #4: Know Yourself

When I’m coaching people through a work transition, I like to ask them about the times when they really shined in the workplace, volunteer opportunity, or elsewhere. I like to write these down as they speak. Then we talk through the kind of job opportunities where they can bring their passion, talents, and gifts to the workplace. And surprisingly, it often changes their job search emphasis.

For example, Grant was a good project manager. He had all the credentials and by all accounts, was good at it. Initially he thought he was looking for project manger opportunities. But in reviewing his “shining” moments, he realized he shined the brightest when facilitating meetings with senior leaders. He loved partnering with the people who were driving real results in companies. And he enjoyed speaking to groups. He had a passion for the skills of professional project management. Realizing this, shifted his focus from just any project management gig to teaching project management at a local junior college. He knew this wouldn’t pay all the bills so he augmented his income by project quality management coaching for local companies. His job satisfaction rose as did his income. He ended up making twice what he got as a project manager.

Becoming aware of your “shining” moments influences your resume, helps you become a more powerful networker, shine brighter in interviews, and your natural passion will be contagious to those making hiring decisions.

Secret #5: Create Daily Momentum

Good salespeople know the importance of feeding their sales pipeline while keeping a clear head about successes and failures. They know that if they keep connecting with potential prospects, follow up with those who have expressed interest, prepare thoroughly for interviews, they eventually land the sale.

Right now, identify the actions that you will do daily to create positive momentum in your job search. For John, this meant applying for a minimum of three jobs a day, completing all follow ups, making at least one networking gesture, and preparing all he could for any upcoming face-to-face opportunity. And it worked. He found a job in half the time of those who had been laid off at the same time with comparable skills.

Quinn Price is an executive coach and expert on managing change. Learn more about how to accelerate your job search at market yourself.

Successfully Honing Your Job Search Skills

Okay, you’ve been out of work for months, your resources are running out, and you need to find something soon or that long held dream of living on the street may become a reality. Obviously, the approach you’ve been using hasn’t worked. So what can you do to change your luck and convince an employer that they cannot live without you?

Searching for a job is a talent all in itself. You have to know what you are looking for and present yourself appropriately. Don’t fall into the same bad habits that keep other people unemployed for long periods.

When this author was unemployed, I fell into the trap of trying to send out a certain number of applications per day, figuring if I had enough irons in the fire, one of them was bound to turn into something good. Wrong. What you are actually doing is wasting valuable time. Narrow your job search to what you are interested in or best qualified for and then tailor your resume to suit the position described. I searched for months without so much as a nibble, but when I narrowed my search down to writing jobs, I had a job offer inside of two weeks. Know what you are looking for and go after it.

Don’t be lazy. The internet makes it very easy to just lay around all day filling out online applications. Get off the couch, shower, put on some nice clothes, and get out there and meet people. It’s called networking. You never know where your next job is coming from, and sometimes you have to go out of your way to be in the right place at the right time.

Speaking of networking, do it right. Stopping in and shooting the breeze with your friend who sells cars at the local Chevy dealer doesn’t qualify. Put yourself in situations where you can actually meet the decision makers. The more people you know, the better your chance at getting a job. I had the owner of a local car dealer/collision care center friend me on Facebook. I didn’t know the guy, but I did take the time to stop by and introduce myself in person. I’m thinking this might be a very good contact if the job I have should for some reason dry up.

Don’t skimp on the cover letter. Again, from personal experience, it is far easier to fill out an application and hit submit without worrying about a cover letter, when all you’re actually doing is shooting yourself in the foot. A well written cover letter can make you stand out in the crowd and can only help your resume to actually get read.

Rehearse your interviews. While you cannot anticipate every question that will be pitched at you, you do know the obvious ones, so take the time, maybe in front of a mirror, to practice your responses. Nothing ruins your chances more than a lot of hemming and hawing, um’s and uh’s. Speak with assurance and poise.

Know the company you are interviewing with. The existence of the internet means that there is no excuse whatsoever for not knowing something about the company you are interviewing for. Going in without this particular nugget of information is setting you up for a failure of Biblical proportions.

Be honest, but discriminating. It is possible, and sometimes preferable, to have an unexpressed thought. Resist the urge to badmouth your previous employer or situation. Keep everything positive. This will create a better impression as opposed to labeling you as a troublemaker or boat rocker.

Monitor your internet presence. If you’re applying for an executive position and there are pictures online of you with a dead child or a live goat, you have to assume that they are going to catch up with you. Make sure your internet and social networking presence is something you are proud of.

Know how to follow up. There is nothing wrong with showing interest, but don’t make a pest of yourself. If the employer sees you as the second coming of Bill Murray in What About Bob? You can effectively kiss the opportunity bye bye. Send a thank you note (one that is actually written, I know, what a concept, right?) and follow up with a phone call in three or four days.

It is possible to get a job even in this lousy economy. Just make sure you cross your t’s and dot your I’s, and put your best foot forward without tripping over it.

Now go therefore and succeed….

Billy D. Ritchie – Director Of Content – Leadsbyfone, LLC – My Blog

Get a Job: The Do’s and Don’ts of Calling to Check the Status of Your Job Application

Have you recently made a job application, perhaps many job applications, online or in person? When you are seeking a new job be aware that small mistakes can make the difference between success and failure in your job search. For more help have a look at our Career Power Posts.

Have you received any calls about a job interview? If not, you may want to jump on the telephone and figure out why. Calling to check the status of your job application is a decision that many job seekers make. Before you take this step, please keep these helpful do’s and don’ts in mind.

DO give it time. Although a good percentage of companies do have human resource departments that focus on nothing but employee management and hiring, other companies do not. Applying for a job as a full-time cashier at a local grocery store? Chances are your application will be reviewed by the store manager who has a million other tasks to complete. Your application will not be reviewed as soon as it is received. Wait at least the days (although five is better) before calling to check the status of your application.

DON’T make contact when you know the manager will be busy. You should also take into account the business when calling to check the status of your job application. Looking to work in a restaurant? The worst times to call are smack dab in the middle of the breakfast, lunch, and dinner rushes. Sometimes it is hard to know when the best time to make contact is, but you don’t want to cause a fuss or interrupt a busy day.

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DO consider your options for making contact, along with their pros and cons. You can check the status of your application via phone, email, or in person. Each option has their pros and cons. As previously stated, you don’t want to interrupt a hiring manager while they are busy. So lets say you show up in person to check the status of your resume; you get personalized contact, but you also have the option to leave and come back later if you notice the restaurant is filled with customers.

DON’T demand a job interview. When calling to check the status of your job application, tread carefully. You don’t want to imply that you expect to get a job interview. Not all applicants do. Instead of saying “when can I come in for an interview,” opt for “My name is Joe Smith; I applied for the full-time bartender position on XdateX. Have you had the opportunity to review my resume?”

DO show that you are excited and hopeful that you will get a job interview, but don’t show desperation. You might be surprised how many job seekers call daily. After the second or third time, desperation sets in. Regardless of how much you need to have a job, don’t let this desperation show. It is okay to mention that you would love the chance to land a job interview, as the company seems like a great place to work. It is not okay to mention that you really need the job because your bills are piling up.

DON’T keep pestering the supervisor or hiring manager. Getting a new job can be a slow process. It is okay to call on the status of an application once, and possibly twice if they ask you to call back again later. With that said, you do not want to become the job seeker who goes from casually calling to check the status of your job application to the job seeker who calls everyday looking for a job interview. This approach will create a bad impression; it does not make you standout in a good way and it often backfires.

Top 10 Places to Find Job Listings

Finding it difficult to get the perfect job you have been looking for? Confused with the numerous advertisements and job search engines available online? Worry no more. We have compiled here the top ten places to find job listings. Just keep in mind that these rankings are approximate figures and keep fluctuating with time. The grading has been done on the number of genuine users. The lesser fake users on a site the higher is its raking. Read on to explore the world of job listings.

1) Monster: If you have been looking for a job for quite some time now and are yet not acquainted with this name you better register today itself. This job hunt site has been the most popular of its kind for quite some time now. Its business has spread all over the world especially in the developing economical regions. True to its name Monsters database stretches to more than millions. This is not just popular amongst the applicants but a favourite of the recruiters too.

2) Job: One of the prime reasons which made this site so popular is the domain name itself. This was one of the first few job search sites which almost created a revolution in the job market. It wasn’t a sudden rise rather a gradual one. Slow and steady it captured the online job search market. Today it is amongst the top search engines of the United States of America. It is also making its presence felt over other regions across the globe.

3) Yahoo Hotjobs: This is another important job search engine which has become quite popular now. It has an advantage over Google coz of its brilliant databases. The algorithms in this site automatically bring up the best resumes and hence this site is quite preferred by the recruiters.

4) Net-Temps: This website is a major preference for the fresher. It offers both full time and part time job listings and has emerged as one of the most popular sites over time.

5) Indeed: This is an example of a simple interface similar in many ways to Google. Very user friendly in its operation this site majorly depends upon keywords and searches.

6) CareerBuilder: The unique thing about this job search engine is that it also helps one with improving their prospects of getting a job. The free tips provided here are very useful for a fresher.

7) JobFox: This site possesses a database which is so valued that very often other job search engines rely on their database for help.

8) SimplyHired: It has lesser job listings but possesses influential ones. It tries to get professionals the best jobs in the market.

9) USAJobs: This site primarily caters to the US job aspirants and has recently been topping the charts.

10) CollegeRecruiter: This actually started as a network to help college students get proper jobs. However it became so popular over time that it has ever started helping the experienced job seekers. Be it a federal jobs or part time job listings this website has it all.

These are just 10 out of the thousands of job search engines. Apply anywhere but make sure you register for these sites first.

To learn more about jobs and to search through thousands of job listings, please visit and sign up for a FREE trial today. Silas Reed, Writer for EmploymentCrossing, writes articles that inform and teach about different job tips and career advice.

Starting Over at Fifty Doesn’t Have to Be This Scary

At 50 years, I am starting over on a new career path.

It’s not too late. Not at all. You see, fearlessness is a perspective that the young do not have a monopoly on. The “No Fear” decal that appeared on back windows of trucks a few years back, I shrugged off… until now.

“No Fear” fits easier the with the “X-Games” generation than the with the “Wide World of Sports” generation.

Nevertheless, I find myself now in a unsettled place, an economy, a job market, where movement is a must. Staying put means a declining real income as inflation edges upward. Gradually, being jobbed-out by young executives, carrying bigger debts at home, living more expensively with no new extravagances, it is like entering a haunted house and losing the way out.

It is scarier to “stay put” than to peer into unknown rooms. Something different, something new, something expansive. A second career.

At fifty, the key to removing the fear of starting over in pursuit of a new career translates into, literally, trying an online opportunity. Online, I am free to continue to grow as a professional, yet able to market my unique skillset in the world. Online Branding. Online Marketing. Online Anything, really.

If I were to pursue a new career, a new job that is really trading a specific number of my breathing hours per day for a specific dollar amount in a paycheck, then, yeah, I would be hard pressed to start over. Picture me leaning back, holding my hands upside down, behing my back and wincing the words, “Ouch!”

My breathing is shorter these days, my stamina less. You, too? Over 50? Well, listen, ever since I joined the 50+ Club, I pushed my mind to embrace it with a positive outlook.

In fact, one thing I did to scare away my “fifties” fears is to spend time hangin’ with 20-somethings. I met some new “youngsters” who are making tens of thousands of dollars per month on the internet. I was floored. I decided to learn from them. And — don’t tell them — subliminally absorb their youth. Yee Haw!

Something has changed in the world of talent, in the world of information, in the world of entertainment, and commerce, and services. It is a shift in the “fearless” generation. A change that has catapulted this midlife man who was dreading a new career decision. Not any longer. The Internet world rescued me.

The Internet has opened up vistas upon vistas (Microsoft pun not intended). Okay. The Internet has opened up an entire new solar system of possibilities. The options to market my ideas over the Internet, to work from home on the Internet, to develop new skills based upon the Internet, and well… it is simply phenomenal.

It means I have no fear and no doubts about changing my career at fifty. And it should mean that same thing for any of you deciding to expand your life from fifty onwards.

Eugene Harnett is a business and success consultant. He runs a Real Estate Investment firm and an Internet Marketing Business. He expands your knowledge, urging you to be the best possible person you can be in both life and in business. His experience covers 30 years of working in sales, in the ministry, and in the civic arena. He offers a panoramic, yet piquant, view on matters of human importance. Try him. HighIncomeNetwork

Careers After 50 – Make Your Age Related Advantages Work For You!

Finding that right career after 50 may be a struggle but studies have shown that job hunters age 50 and older have found new careers and jobs in record numbers. In fact it is the only age group showing gains in employment. Changing careers after 50 can bring to the job hunting process a whole new set of challenges but overall with the right job hunting strategies you can reach your career goals. The biggest roadblocks many after 50 experience in finding a new job or career after 50 are self-imposed. If you have doubts about your abilities and how your age will negatively impact the hiring process you have a big handicap to overcome. Job hunters of any age that exude confidence and project a positive attitude will always have an advantage in searching and winning the right job. Moreover, job hunters after 50 who develop plans to counteract negative stereotypes about their age will generate other significant job hunting benefits. So let’s stop being defensive about your age and get on the offensive in your campaign for a new career or new job: Level the Playing Field: You will probably be interviewed by someone much younger than you. They may have wrong-headed ideas about your age even before the interview starts. Most, if not all of these myths they are not permitted to in ask about. These ideas are out there so to be proactive you must be prepared in the course of the interview to answer them. You don’t have to show up at the interview with your gym bag. But you can weave into the interview stories of your frequent physical activities. If you haven’t missed a day in years due to illness; this can also be mentioned. In answering interview questions make it a point to tell the interviewer about new skills you’ve acquired in the past few years. This will dispel the ideas that you are stuck in the past and are incapable of learning. If in the past you successfully worked for a younger manager add this fact to your interview questions. Also, discuss you experience working well with co-workers of all ages. Showcase Your Experience: Over your working life you’ve had many chances to hit the ground running, to learn new methods and concepts, take this opportunity to emphasize these desirable abilities. As you’ve learned new skills and effectively used new technology be sure that this experience is emphasized in your resume and during the course of the interview. Another stereotype of older workers is that you are stuck in the past and lack imagination. Answer questions that showcase how you used your imagination to solve problems and created out of the box thinking that resulted in benefits for your employer. If a relevant accomplishment occurred more than 10 years age, treat it like it happened yesterday. Focus your experience on what you can do for the employer rather than your years of experience or when you graduated from college. Final Thoughts: Energy and a high level of interest in the career opportunity will put you ahead of many younger job candidates. Dress appropriately for the interview. Build a fitness and diet plan into your career change planning and job hunt effort. It will boost your confidence help your overall job hunting attitude. Remember: preparation, study and a positive pro-active approach will move you ahead of many younger job hunters. Learn more about how career change planning and working your career plan can help you find your dream job in a career that you’ll love. Discover up to date job hunting ideas and tips at You’ll find informative articles on career planning and job hunting along with stories of individuals just like you who successfully made career planning after 50.