One does not simply wake up a success one morning. It requires years of effort and dedication to build yourself up as a valuable asset. Being a valuable asset however is not enough in today competitive job market, job seekers must go the extra mile to separate themselves from the herd and land the position of their dreams. I have built a list you can use to help land you a career that will make you happy based on my decades of experience.
Document Your Goals With Intention
Think things through and create a playbook
Be a friend to your phone
Analyze employment industry data and establish your true value
Study the business of your target employers
Negotiate early and often to establish a positive outcome
Personalize your ideas, BE BOLD, and trust thy brand.
Accept feedback from your trusted advisors
Adopt and practice the rule of 42
Networking is a discipline
Start a mastermind group
Create your narrative by leveraging the power of linked in.
Remember, Its not what you say about yourself that maters… its what others say about you that really counts. Just incase you didn’t get the message the first time, here is another video to explain the steps a potential job seeker should follow to get themselves ahead. Ready to have some one on your side in your job search? Contact me today.
When exactly did it happen that picking up the telephone became such a chore…to actually place a phone call that is? “Pick up the phone” sounds as archaic as “hold the line”. Once the definitive expeditor, between two parties who needed to talk live and to talk now, this 20th century stalwart now plays second fiddle to speedy, two-thumbed texters and QWERTY typists. When it comes to technology, how did THE VOICE ever lose out? The great invention has been unfairly shunned in favor of other devices and methods, whether Email, Social Media, Instant Messaging, Texting, etc.
For job seekers, the phone deserves its rightful place as it streamlines communications and enhances conversations. It personalizes interactions, encourages immediacy, and often results in mutual satisfaction for both parties. Yes, two people. We’ve all recently participated in the explosion of live video and are more readily realizing its benefits. However, I urge job seekers to not sleep on 1:1 phone calls. What better way, sans a face to face meeting, to engage a potential employer and make a good impression? If you are able to move your candidacy forward and move to the head of the class versus your competition, why not befriend the phone? It will take effort and some planning and practice to trust The Phone…to like The Phone. But I urge you, to pick up the phone, as good things will result.
Is it what you know? Or is it who you know? Or is it WHO KNOWS YOU? I do 3 things exceedingly well which accelerate the wherewithal for you to be KNOWN, FOUND and SOUGHT and HIRED:
As an Executive Recruiter, I bring forth A Player talent to organizations in the NY City Metropolitan area for both private and public well-established firms and emerging companies who possess and stress these common attributes: 1) Purpose; 2) Employee Development; 3) High Standards for Hiring; 4) Positive Culture & Inspirational Leadership; 5) Valued contributions from all associates; 6) Exceeds expectations in the realm of Customer Service; 7) Promotes Health & Well-being; 8) Drives Revenue Growth; 9) Corporate and Social Responsibility; 10) Servant Leadership. My clients are always in need of information management professionals. The winners can easily make their case to my portfolio of judicious clients by clearly demonstrating how past achievements in one’s present line of work specifically align, and are relevant, to future performance by utilizing case studies and charted success. And who isn’t an information management professional in 2020? Sure, it’s the IT Manager as well as the Director of Finance, VP Sales, Digital Marketer, HR Generalist, Project Manager, Cyber Risk Coder, Data Science Lead, Division Manager, Product Management, Business Analyst, Chief of Staff, VP of Operations, Managing Director of Artificial Intelligence, Director of Business Development, etc. Once we come out of this pandemic, my clients will be asking me to look for “you”…but will it be YOU I find for them? The “virtual unemployment” numbers of the last several years are in the archives…and that’s OK! Even the “best of the best” employers always require that “extra search effort”….and appreciate the specialized creativity that I bring to bear in talent acquisition for them. Identifying, Attracting, Wooing and Securing the “best of the best” employees is 1 of 3 strategic differentiators. Where will you be when my clients ask me to look?
As a Talent Agent For Professionals, I “reverse” the process by bringing top flight companies to the attention of individual clients. I represent and serve an incredibly under-represented and underserved “category” of highly-deserving and exceptional people: Business Professionals. People hire me to collaborate and transform lives…careers…families…even destinies. I encourage and equip even the most confident people to tackle their inhibitions and help them achieve more than they ever imagined. Whether the mechanics of a job search or tackling the Gig Economy, I reformulate one’s value proposition and make it visible and appealing to the hidden job market. Instead of being stuck in the job search mud and beholden to static job descriptions, polluted job boards and the seeming authoritative power of (the unseen) Corporate America, it’s my job to make you shine. Despite the current state of our nation, we can the horizon. Our livelihoods will continue to improve as each individual grasps responsibility and is fulfilled with his or her own labor of love.
As a Power Networker. There is no Network…unless you work your net. A Network is not measured by your number of LinkedIn connections…although a polished LinkedIn profile is critical. Networking is not about attending conferences…but getting “out there” is of course important. Networking is not defined by social media apps. Participating on webinars…and chatting, no matter the educational substance, does not rate. I help people ACTIVATE their networks. How? Start with purpose. Invite people to dine out and break bread (those opportunities will come back to us as the pandemic eases). It’s all about the conversations…personal interactions…and the invitations to engage. Remember the telephone…that world-changing 20th century invention? And recall what Ronald Reagan once said: “All Great Change in America Begins at the Dinner Table”. Whenever dinner is these days and wherever that table is located matters not. Sharing a meal is critical to networking…and the utmost foundation to relationship building. Circumvent the meal at your own risk. Start a Mastermind Group and establish a “give to get” mentality in helping others. And if you never “get”? Give anyway.