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You’ve got to have a plan to find a job. Get tips for beginning your job search in this free video clip from a professional job consultant. Expert: Tine Buechler Bio: Tine Buechler obtained her BA in adult education from Brock University in St Catherines, ON. She also graduated with a BA in sociology from the University of Western in London, ON. Filmmaker: Melissa Schenk

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When making a lesson plan for a homeschool student, purchase user-friendly curriculum books or create your own using various textbooks. Make a lesson plan and keep track of day-to-day progress with tips from a homeschool teacher in this free video on education. Expert: Linda Wooldridge Contact: Bio: Linda Wooldridge has been homeschooling since 1998, and she has been on the PPEA board for three years as the orientation coordinator for Pinellas County. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz

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Finding work that you love, that also meets your financial needs, doesn’t happen by accident. It requires a well-thought plan of action and an intense level of commitment.

According to April 2008 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, the length of the typical job search is 16.9 weeks. Most jobseekers are not mentally, emotionally, or financially prepared for the hard realities of the current job market.

A dismal economy punctuated by the worse job loss in years has resulted in a volatile, intensely competitive job market. Published job ads can easily generate hundreds of resumes from desperate jobseekers.

Overwhelmed employers and recruiters sift through mountains of resumes trying to quickly eliminate candidates. The average resume getting just a 15 – 30 second review unless the candidate is able to capture the employer’s attention. So what can you do to get noticed by potential employers and shorten the duration of your job search?

An ultra competitive job market requires a winning strategy, thorough preparation, compelling marketing documents and an intensified effort.

Let’s examine a five-point plan of action that can ignite your job search and give you an edge over your competition.

Step One: An Honest Self-Assessment

An honest self-assessment is the first step to finding work for which you are well-suited and that you will truly enjoy. Ask yourself:

Where do my skills, strengths, and passion lie?
What skills, education, or experience am I lacking?
How can I fill skill gaps that could prevent me from qualifying for my ideal job?

Consider your skills and experience from the viewpoint of a potential employer. Identify opportunities for improvement and find ways to overcome problematic voids. Take a class at your local community college to learn a new software application. Volunteer to gain additional skills and experience.

Step Two: Assess Your Ideal Work Situation

Review your past work, school and volunteer experiences.

What did you like about each of your past positions?
What tasks would you never consider doing again?
What do you require from your work – emotionally and financially?
What positions, companies, industries fit your ideal work profile?

Having a clear vision of your ideal work situation will help you to focus your job search efforts. It may become necessary to take on work that you don’t love to meet your immediate needs. Do not get discouraged. Simply use the information you’ve gathered to continue a part-time search for your ideal work situation.

Step Three: Create a Customized Self-Marketing Plan

Getting noticed by potential employers requires an effective marketing strategy. You are the product and potential employers are your customers. Develop a comprehensive plan to target ideal companies. Jobseekers often find it more comfortable to search for work using online job boards or by responding to want ads. But, it is typically advisable to incorporate strategies designed to access both the published and unpublished job market. Don’t rely too heavily on any single strategy.

Establish concrete marketing goals for yourself each week regarding the number of:

Hours you’ll devote to your job search.
Resumes and letters you’ll send.
Follow-up calls you’ll make.
Face-to-face meetings you’ll arrange.

Several factors determine which job search strategies are best for your unique situation. Take into consideration your personality, the industry in which you’re seeking employment, and the effectiveness of each strategy. Keep track of your job search efforts and make adjustments as needed. Focus attention of strategies that yield the best results.

Step Four: Get Noticed with an Employer-Focused Resume

Your resume is a snapshot of who you are, what you’ve done – and most importantly – what you can do for potential employers. Its job is simple: to get you to the next step in the process – a job interview. While you are the subject of this critical marketing document, make no mistake; it is all about the employer.

So maximize your 15 seconds of fame by showing employers what you’ve got. And don’t make them search through a two page document for applicable skills and experience because they won’t. In most cases a single page is preferable. Use a resume format that will put your highlights in the top one-third of the page.

Step Five: Prepare for Your Interview Like It’s Game Seven of the World Series

Prior to any game – let alone one upon which his entire season hinges – a pitcher studies the team he is up against. He knows each hitter’s preferences and is keenly aware of his flaws. The pitcher will use this information to his advantage during the ballgame. What about you? How do you prepare for “the big game?”

Dressing appropriately is important. Mental preparation is even more so. Research the organization and formulate a few questions to ask about the company and the nature of the work you’d be doing. But, it is just as important to do some internal research.

What is it that you have to offer?
How have you proven your ability to succeed in the past?
What have you learned from past missteps?

Be prepared to clearly communicate your value to the interviewer. Provide convincing examples of your abilities and experience. This requires careful preparation. Practice with a family member; friend; career or job search coach. You’ll only have one opportunity to make a lasting first impression.

Putting it All Together

Creating and implementing a successful job search plan requires discipline, hard work, and commitment. But, if you want to compete in the current job market, it is an absolute necessity. Create a plan of action that will get you noticed by potential employers:

Make an honest self-assessment.
Assess your ideal work situation.
Create a customized self-marketing plan.
Create an employer-focused resume.
Prepare thoroughly for your interview.

The current job market is challenging. Find your ideal work in less time by creating a five-step plan for job search success.

Roxanne Ravenel is a Job Search Strategist & Coach and the host of The Savvy Jobseeker. She teaches job seekers to become improve their resumes, strengthen their interviewing skills, and implement a customized self-marketing plan. Visit to learn more. Copyright

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The rules of the job search have changed considerably in recent years. It’s not enough to be the most qualified candidate for the job. Successful job candidates understand that in addition to “having the goods,” they need to know their “buyer,” and how to sell to them. Think it sounds crass to compare a job candidate’s skills and experience to consumer goods? It isn’t. Rather, it accurately reflects the reality of the current job market.

Positioning Yourself to Get Noticed in a Crowded Job Market

The current job market is far more favorable for employers than it is for the average job hunter. An employer may receive hundreds of resumes in response to a single ad. The employer can then cherry-pick applicants with the experience, education, and skills they are seeking. So, how will you get noticed in a crowded job market? A strategic self-marketing plan will position you to get maximum exposure and boost your job search success, even in a highly-competitive job market.

Think about the last time that you walked into a grocery store. The top name brands with big budgets occupy the shelves at eye-level. The store brand sits right next to them with labels that proclaim that they are comparable to your favorite brand. On the lower levels you’ll find the bargain brands. Which are you?

The top brand that commands top dollar?

The generic store brand that promises to do everything the top brand does, but for a lot less?

Or, the unknown, discount brand that easily goes unnoticed?

Before you respond, consider the quality of your current marketing efforts in your job search and how you are presenting yourself to potential employers in your resume and during interviews. A well-constructed, well-executed plan will position you to get noticed by potential employers, much like those national brands which occupy an optimal position on the shelf at the grocery store. Your strategic self-marketing plan should take into account all aspects of your job search – from the strategies used to the information included in your cover letter, resume, and other job search marketing documents. Taking a proactive approach to your job search can help you avoid many of the pitfalls that job seekers encounter:

A prolonged job search – now averaging more than four months.

The frustration of pouring endless hours into minimally effective job search methods.

Time wasted pursuing jobs that aren’t a good fit.

An aimless job search that yields minimal results.

Job hunters typically favor the path of least resistance. Countless hours surfing online job boards and replying to newspaper ads coupled with the occasional job fair is a common theme for many of the frustrated job hunters I encounter. Unfortunately, these preferred job search methods are not the way that employers prefer to hire. Employers prefer to find new employees much the same way that we, as consumers, would look for a plumber, dentist, real estate agent, or hair stylist: through referrals.

A successful strategic self-marketing plan will take into consideration how employers prefer to hire; your unique career profile; your industry; and your personal situation. It will typically employ a mix of job search strategies rather than rely solely on a single method. This mix should allow you to tap into both the published and unpublished job market – where the vast majority of available jobs can be found.

Tapping into the Unpublished Job Market

‘But how am I supposed to apply for these jobs if they aren’t published?’

Fair question. You’ll need to tap into your current network and work to expand that network. It requires diligence and a willingness to put yourself out there. Many job seekers quickly rule out networking because it takes them out of their comfort zone. Reliance upon others makes us feel vulnerable. Then, there is the fear of rejection. So, why should we step outside of our comfort zones and engage in networking? Because some figures put the percentage of jobs that get filled without ever being published as high as 80%.

Hiring a new employee represents a substantial investment for an employer. The employer wants some assurance that their investment will be well spent. Hiring through networking and referrals also yields a higher quality job candidate. Since employers prefer hiring through networking and referrals, it is important that job seekers integrate networking into their strategic self-marketing plans.

It is just as important to build a strong personal brand. Your personal brand is a consistent image that is distinctly you. It creates your perceived value and distinguishes you from your competitors. Whether you’ve consciously created a personal brand or not, you already have one. It is basically your reputation with co-workers, bosses, teachers, clients, etc. Work to build a consistent professional image that is authentically you and will attract potential employers.

Thoughtful networking and the ongoing process of building a strong personal brand can significantly boost your job search success. Networking and personal branding can:

Catapult you to the status of the name brand items that first come to mind when we have a headache, get a cold, or are in need of new sneakers.

Make potential employers aware of you and want to work with you.

Put you on the short list for jobs before they become available.

Boost your job search success by creating a strategic self-marketing plan that incorporates a strong personal brand and a strategic self-marketing plan. To learn more about creating your strategic self-marketing plan, visit and download an excerpt of The Savvy Jobseeker’s Guide & Workbook: Five Steps to a Simply Successful Job Search.

Roxanne Ravenel is a Job Search Coach; the author of The Savvy Jobseeker’s Guide & Workbook: Five Steps to a Simply Successful Job Search; and the host of The Savvy Jobseeker weekly podcast. Visit to learn more tips for finding your ideal work in less time.

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Engineers who end up in the wrong jobs may be treating their engineering job searches too casually.

Traditionally, engineering job seekers have been used to receiving greater numbers of job offers than job seekers in most other fields. However, the relative ease with which engineers find engineering jobs undermines the importance of their job-search strategies. An engineering job search that is efficient is quite different from one that is both efficient and effective.

Any job search will quickly yield numerous engineering job offers, which, in all probability, neither you nor anybody you know will be ready to take. However, an effective job search will turn up only those jobs that are best aligned with your career goals and objectives as an engineer.

To some, the simple circumstance of receiving multiple job offers connotes job-search success. Such people confine themselves to readily available options and fail to make any extra effort to consider the engineering jobs that may be invisible to them. Inevitably, the result of remaining consciously blind to opportunities takes a toll on their engineering careers. Research shows that job-search strategies can have a greater impact on your life and career than you might be ready to believe.

Very little research has been conducted regarding the relationship between white-collar employees’ job-search strategies and their career success. One study conducted in 1991 by Catherine L. Smith and Barry Gerhart of Cornell University titled “Job Search Strategies and Labor Market Success” investigated the issue and came up with these startling findings:

* Your objective quality as an applicant has little to do with your starting salary.

* Your job-search strategy has a direct impact on your starting salary.

* Having more outside interviews (outside your readily visible range of opportunities) contributes to ending up with a higher starting salary.

* Rejecting your first job offer can lead to a higher starting salary.

* Your job-search strategy has a greater effect on non-salary components of your job than it does on salary components of your job.

* The number of job offers you receive is directly related to your objective quality as an applicant. (Your objective quality as an applicant is based on elements such as your years of experience, your degree, your grades, etc., whereas your subjective quality is based on qualities like honesty, integrity, etc.)

* Your job-search strategy mediates the effect of your quality on job offers.

* Your job-search strategy influences your number of received job offers more than it influences your starting salary.

* The later an applicant starts his or her job search, the lower his or her starting salary.

If we transpose these findings (which were based on the experiences of MBA graduates) and apply them to your engineering job search, then it can be said:

* Just being a good engineer doesn’t ensure you will get a good job.

* Rushing to grab the first job that seems good can adversely affect your career.

* The earlier you start your job search, the better your chances of career success.

* Your job-search strategy determines your starting salary, number of job offers, and work-life balance (non-salary components).

Research demonstrates that conducting your engineering job search casually and neglecting opportunities that may arise beyond the first engineering job offers that come your way can ruin your career. In short, it’s time to engineer your job-search strategy to meet your career goals and objectives so that it leads you to the engineering jobs that will maximize your career potential.

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