Susan D. Strayer has experienced both worlds: the corporate world, where she worked as a recruiter, and the job-seeker’s world. Today, Strayer is an experienced career coach and corporate recruiter, a certified as a senior professional in human resources. She is the author of two books on careers, including the most recent The Right Job, Right Now: The Complete Tool-Kit For Finding Your Perfect Career. In addition, she has been quoted in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and Newsweek, and has been featured on radio programs such as “Oprah and Friends.” Here, Strayer discusses the first 30 days of finding your dream job.
Professionals think that sending out a resume is the best way to start a job search when that is, in fact, the middle of the process!
Treat the job search like a very, very important project. You need a timeline, resources, milestones and goals. Spend time on the front end researching what you have to offer and what you want in return. A job search can be emotional, but if you dedicate the same time, resources and energy to it as you do to the other important aspects of your life—home, relationships, hobbies—you’ll find it much more rewarding.
Create a project plan, research the type of job that is the best fit for you and spend time making sure you have a focus before you take action with resumes and cover letters. Make sure you know what you are selling, who you are selling to and exactly what you are looking for before you try to “sell” yourself to an employer.
It is important to be your introspective self. Don’t spend the early days of your search as a marketer sending out resumes. Focus more on you as the “product.” Figure out what qualities you are selling.
If you start out poorly or jump directly to the search phase, it will take much longer to find a job and you will burn out quickly when no one responds to the 2,090 resumes you’ve sent.
They understand who a recruiter is and how the process works. They have focus, focus, focus! A successful job search isn’t about volume. I had a client who had sent out almost 500 resumes during the course of a year and couldn’t understand why no one was responding. I started working with him, had him focus on very specific types of jobs and less than ten companies. His focus allowed him to make sure the positions and companies were an extremely good fit and allowed him to spend much more time on the materials and contacts he was making. Go for depth, not breadth.
It depends on how much time and energy you devote to the search. Ideally, you should at least review your career history, research interests and companies and decide on a focus before you even think about a resume. Use a good model to help you navigate through these early steps. My Career Kaleidoscope model, described in my book The Right Job, Right Now, is an easy-to-understand way to do this.
Patience and perseverance on the front end saves you time and frustration later.
…if you do it right, you’ll know as you’re going through it that it’s right.
Deciding to move into coaching. It was the right change for me at the time and I did my research to ensure the focus was right.
For more information on Susan D. Strayer, visit www.susanstrayer.com.
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