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Overall there are 14 job search strategies that one can adopt when looking for a new job. The strategy that most job searchers use and easily get bogged down by is online job search sites. Unfortunately this is only successful for 4% of the users. You read that correctly – online job searching is only successful 4% of the time.

In order to increase your job search success you need to adopt more than 1, but not more than 4, job search success strategies. Statistics show that individuals focusing on more than 4 different strategies begin to decrease their success rate . There is one recommendation that I make before entering the job market and that is to clearly identify your direction and objectives for success by creating 2 table with the following 2 sets of titles below.

Table 1 – Why you?

What are my knowledge based skills? (include examples)
What are my transferable skills? (Include examples)
What are my personality traits?(include examples)

Once you have developed a clear understanding of your skills and experience in the table above then match that to job titles and organizations that would appeal to you. (Yahoo Jobs have a list of the top 100 companies who are currently recruiting – this is a great place to start!)

Table 2 – Where will you fit?

What job titles match my skills?
What organizations would appeal to me?
Notes on names, contacts at these organizations

Once you have a clear list of who you are, what you have to offer and where you want to work you will have a clear direction to start your search. Here are top 5 job search strategies.

1. Who do you know?

This may seem like an obvious thing to say but so many of us struggle through a job search without reaching out to people in our contact lists including colleagues, friends or family to make them aware we are looking for a job. Contact them, include your resume and ask them for feedback or the details of people they know and can refer you to.

2. Where do you want to work?

In your research you will have developed a list of companies that you would like to work for – now we need to find people who work for them who you can connect with. A good way to be able to do this is using Linkedin – you can easily put a company name into the search box and this will notify you of anyone in your network (1st, 2nd or 3rd) who works for them. This will give you a warm contact in the firm for you to contact (phone or in person) direct. Trade press is also another route to identify names to contact. Remember it will be more effective for you to contact them direct rather than apply for online jobs or by sending indirect emails.

3. Online Networking

There are a number of different networking sites and the one I recommend is It is free and easy to create a profile with recommendations on your work and a summary detailing what you are looking for. The Q & A tool also enables you to interact with other professionals and by answering questions you will show your expertise and open yourself up to be contacted by other professionals. The Jobs tool also details a good list of organizations who are recruiting so you can refer to your list in Job Search Strategy 2.

4. Face to Face Networking

There are a huge variety of face to face networking meeting including some that are dedicated to job searchers or recruiters looking for new candidates. It is recommended to find 3-4 different styles of networking events (e.g. bar events, structured networking meetings, presentations) and you can find them through and by contacting your local Chamber of Commerce of local community groups.

5. Recruiting Organizations

There are a number of recruitment firms both boutique and specialist to firm offering a wide variety of levels and expertise. Recruiters are well placed in the market to know what is going on and which firms are currently recruiting. They are also able to provide feedback on both your resume and interview style. To find some recruiters specific to your specialty visit

Lou Clark is a Career and Interview Coach and founder of

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This article offers three tips you can use to improve your chances of landing a new job. In today’s competitive job market, it pays to learn as much as you can about conducting an effective job search campaign.

Job Search Tip 1: Know What You Want

You’ve heard the saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” and the same holds true for a job search. Many people are too general in their job search approach thinking that if they apply for every job out there, they’ll eventually land something. While that may be true, you’re better off targeting a specific type of job and/or industry. If you’ve got experience in that job or industry, then you’re off to the races and you’ll want to ensure that your resume positions you as an expert in your chosen field. If you don’t then you’ll want to address the type of position you’re looking for in the objective statement on your resume.

Job Search Tip 2: Prepare a Targeted Professional Resume

Preparing a targeted professional resume is essential. I liken it to niche marketing. You’re more likely to get called for interviews if you resume is targeted. This can be accomplished by inserting an objective statement into your resume or by creating a professional profile section at the start of your resume that describes the number of year’s experience you have related to that type of work and industry; your educational background and achievements.

Job Search Tip 3: Diversify Your Job Search Methods

You need to diversify your job search methods. If you stick only to searching for jobs through online job boards, you’ll be faced with a lot of competition. Try doing a google search on companies within your chosen industry and click on the company websites and check their careers section. They may have an advertisement on their website that does not appear on any job boards. Even if they don’t have any advertised positions on their website, you can check to see if there are any names of executives or hiring managers on their website and email them directly with a polite request for an informational interview to discuss any future job possibilities. The point is that there are many ways to skin a cat so just make sure that you are not sticking to only one method of searching for a job.


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Laura Whitelaw is the founder of Best Choice 4 Resumes and a professional resume writer. She helps job seekers create attention grabbing resumes, design effective job search strategies and conduct effective job interviews.

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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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In recent months, the job market has become increasingly competitive. But even as the economy slows, and there are increasing numbers of job seekers in the job market, there are many professionals who have been incredibly successful in conducting fast, effective job searches. What do they have in common? How are they doing it? Here are nine tips to speed your own job search and drive it to a fast, successful conclusion.

Know what you want and go after it. Starting a job search without knowing what you want will almost certainly end in frustration. Think about it: If you don’t know what you want and what your job target is, how will you know who to contact and how to conduct your search? If you are uncertain about your career goals, it is critical that you spend some time and energy now – before launching your search – on self-introspection and analysis. Knowing what YOU want, what YOU are passionate about, and what YOU bring to the table will provide you with a confidence that simply can’t and won’t be matched by many of your competitors in the job market. This is the crucial first step to any job search and is essential for long-term career success as well.

Know and sell your personal brand. When you think about your next career move, how would things be different for you if employers and recruiters actually sought you out? Personal branding (the process of clarifying and communicating what makes you and your unique value proposition different and special) allows you to make a name for yourself. It differentiates you from your peers and helps to position you as a leader in your field – as a specialist and an authority who knows how to do a job and fill a particular niche in the workplace better than anyone else. Once you are clear on your personal brand, you can use it to project a cohesive brand image and value proposition throughout all your job search activities, and do so in a way that addresses the specific concerns of your target audience. By knowing and promoting your brand, you achieve instant, precision-like focus that positions you as the ideal candidate for the specific type of opportunity that interests you. You gain immediate competitive advantage.

Be able to clearly articulate who you are and what you have to offer. While this may feel uncomfortable to you, the simple truth is that a job search is a sales and marketing campaign: a sales and marketing campaign in which YOU are the product. Through the process of personal branding, you must identify what differentiates you and paint a compelling portrait of your unique value proposition. But, don’t stop with just promoting this in your resume and then become tongue-tied when someone asks about you and your candidacy. You will hear the “what do you do?” or “tell me about yourself?” questions over and over, both during your job search and throughout your entire career. Don’t wing it! Preparation is the key to confidence and the key to making a lasting, positive, and memorable first impression. Be ready with a 30-60 second pitch that immediately and confidently conveys to the listener who you are as a professional and what it is that you offer.

Make their first impression your best impression. Take a hard look at your resume. Like it or not, your resume is your first introduction to most employers, and your only chance to make a good first impression. Effective resumes are highly focused marketing pieces that are strategically written and designed to sell YOU as THE best solution to a potential employer’s needs and problems. Your resume should be written to convey and illustrate your unique value proposition, with succinct “stories” that differentiate you from your competitors in the job market. Does your resume accomplish these goals? Is it focused effectively? Does it accurately present you in the way that you wish to be presented? If not, it is time to rewrite.

Network, network, network…and then network some more. At least 80% of all the jobs are found through the “hidden” job market, also known as the “unpublished” job market. These are jobs typically landed through word of mouth and referrals as opposed to answering ads, posting your resume to internet databases, or other techniques meant to target the remaining 20% of all jobs in the published market. It stands to reason that if the vast majority of the jobs are to be found in this hidden market, that you should spend the majority of your job search time working to crack it. There is no more effective job search technique than networking. So, even if it feels a little uncomfortable at first, just get out there and do it. Make networking a part of your daily routine and plan to spend the majority of your job search time on networking activities (approximately three-fourths of your time is a good estimate). The more you network, the faster your current job search will come to a successful conclusion and the faster and more successful any future job searches will be.

Plan and execute a multi-pronged job search campaign. Yes, networking is essential, but other job search techniques are also important. An effective job search campaign is a multi-pronged one that includes the strategic, planned, methodical use of a variety of job search approaches. Answering ads alone is almost never enough. Neither is working with headhunters, using internet job search sources, or researching and targeting specific employers. But, when you combine all these approaches with networking, carefully evaluate and prioritize the approaches based on relative effectiveness, and then launch an integrated, multi-pronged job search campaign, you will always come out ahead. The best job search is one in which the job seeker approaches it as if it was a job itself.

Build a support team. While your preparation will certainly ease the whole process, job searching can be a grueling and very stressful experience. So, I want to remind you that you don’t have to go through it alone. You should build a support team around you of people who can help you stay motivated and on track while giving you honest feedback and helping you stay accountable to the goals you set for yourself. Family and friends, past and present managers, your peers and colleagues, financial advisors, and professionals in the careers industry such as career counselors, coaches, and resume writers all make excellent people to add to your team. By assembling a good mix of people to support you, from a diversity of backgrounds and professions, you will receive a variety of different perspectives, ideas, and insights that can be very helpful. You should consider joining a job search support club or group – a local one if one is available or an online one. If you have been provided with outplacement services by your former employer, by all means take advantage of the office space and resources offered. The point is that you don’t have to and shouldn’t conduct your search in isolation. Surround yourself with a team that will help and support you. Above all, recognize when you need support and don’t be afraid to ask for assistance and guidance.

Always follow up. Following up on all of your contacts and your activities can do more to influence your success in achieving your job target than anything else. A hand-written thank you note or a more formal, typed thank you letter after speaking with a networking contact, attending an informational interview, or after attending an actual job interview can make a lasting positive impression that gives you a distinct competitive advantage. A follow-up phone call on every resume you send, whether it is a resume sent cold, in response to an ad, or based on a referral from one of your networking contacts can make all the difference in whether your resume is actually read and considered or not. A consistent method of follow up is key and you must make the time in your schedule to do so. Follow up will positively influence decision-makers, it will help key the process moving along, it will show your interest and your professionalism, and it will position you above the competition.

Adopt a “failure is not an option” attitude and make finding a job a job itself. Celebrate your accomplishments daily and weekly, but recognize that a successful job search requires persistence and consistent effort. The more “feelers” you put out, the more contacts you make, the more resumes you put into the hands of hiring authorities, and the more face-to-face interviews you go on, the faster you will achieve your job target. It can be difficult to remain motivated when you don’t immediately see results but remind yourself that job searching is a process and that it takes time. Reward yourself not just for the results, but for the effort.

Nationally certified resume writer and career marketing expert, Michelle Dumas is the director of Distinctive Career Services LLC. Through Distinctive Documents and her Executive VIP Services Michelle has empowered thousands of professionals all across the U.S. and worldwide. Michelle is also the author of Secrets of a Successful Job Search

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