There are several factors that I have found to be true about the job search.
- The best jobs never make it to the job boards. They are filled by “word of mouth.”
- Moving from the job that you have to the job of your dreams requires one skill: listening.
I hope that you take these words to heart. Now on to the Top Ten Tips.
- Find a way to mix, meet and mingle with the business owners of your community.
- Always be nice to the “gatekeepers.” Secretaries, managers and receptionists control your access to the BOSS. There is absolutely no excuse to be rude to them.
- When attending events, arrive early and leave late. This gives you the opportunity to “meet and greet” the super connectors.
- Read your local business paper, not just the “want ads.” Find out who the movers and shakers of your community are and try to find things that may be useful to them. Become the “go-to” person.
- Write someone in your network a testimonial letter. The Law of Reciprocity is true.
- When attending job fairs, it’s okay to partner up with a buddy. But, once you’re inside, split up and cover as much ground as you can. Carry a couple of each other’s resumes so that you can refer each other. Then, meet up afterwards for after action reporting.
- Always be connecting with other people. Relationships come first.
- Join a professional association. Or attend Chamber of Commerce meetings in your area. Most places will let you attend one or two meetings for free.
- Finding a job is a full-time job. Don’t get discouraged. The next person you meet could change your life.
- Did you do any volunteer work while on active duty? Reconnect with those organizations again now that you are a veteran. I’ve got a friend that did this and he’s now the Director!
- Asking questions keeps you in control of the conversation. Ask questions that help you find out how you can be of service to the person. Remember the Universal Law of Reciprocity.
Please let me know if these tips were helpful to you. I’d love to hear how your job search is going. Feel free to post a comment below or on my Facebook page.