Ways to Get Hired Faster in 2009
Do your New Year’s resolutions include getting a new
job? If so, you’re in luck. The economy is picking up
and, as a result, more companies should be hiring in 2009.
Here are 3 ways to find your next job faster in the new year,
starting right now!
Start networking right
I hear it all the time: "I tried networking and it didn't
work. "But networking DOES work and it WILL bring you
job leads...if you do it right. Here’s how.
Be clear about the job you seek and the value you can deliver.
Create a compelling 15-second "radio commercial"
about yourself, like this: "I'm looking for a company
that needs an operations manager with 11 years of experience,
who cut costs by $3 million while increasing production 23%
last year. Who do you know that I should be talking to?"
It’s not who you know, it’s who they know that
counts. If you’re at all average, you know 250 people...and
those people know 250 more. So you’re only one or two
phone calls away from 62,500 people, any one of whom could
put you in touch with your next employer. There’s power
in your network. Use it!
Realize that every living, breathing human is a potential
job lead. Examples: my wife got a job interview from a contact
she made at our daughter’s school ... my brother got
a phone call and an interview from an old high school buddy.
And that’s just this month, in my own family! There
are thousands of job leads out there, most of them unadvertised,
waiting to be uncovered by you. Go get them.
Write a resume that focuses on results
Most resumes are completely backwards. They focus about 80%
on duties and responsibilities, instead of the results that
happened on the job. This won't excite employers enough to
make them call you. Do not say this: "Responsibilities
included implementation of policies and procedures, training
of new employees, interfacing with subordinates and vendors,
and light correspondence duties." Say this instead, focusing
on specific results: "Worked with staff and vendors to
increase product turnover by 15% and sales by 23% in five
months. Also trained 14 employees, five of whom were promoted."
No matter what job you've done - and I don't care if it was
cleaning toilets at a bus station in Tibet - if you weren't
fired after 30 days, you were producing results of some kind.
You were making money, saving money, increasing efficiency,
satisfying customers -- something. Be specific about those
results, and sprinkle them liberally throughout your resume.
Never, ever try to "wing it" in your job interview
To coin a cliche, if you fail to prepare for the interview,
you are preparing to fail. Here are three ways to make sure
you are the candidate who interviews best and gets that job:
Study the company. You'll make a tremendous first impression
by researching your potential employer online or in the library.
Your aim is to know the company and its products (so you can
talk intelligently) and know the company's problems and competitors
(so you can offer solutions).
Practice your answers. You can almost bet on being asked,
"Tell me about yourself." To find other typical
questions, research Web sites like net-temps and monster.com.
Then PRACTICE answering those questions until you’re
as smooth as Johnny Cochrane.
Follow up by mail. You'll reinforce the good impression you
made on interviewers by mailing thank-you cards to everyone
you met. Bring blank cards and fill them in outside the office.
Then drop them in the nearest mailbox. Your cards will arrive
with the next day’s mail - talk about an easy way to
To make your new year happy with a new job, start today by
networking smarter, polishing your resume and preparing for
those upcoming interviews. Now, go out and make your own luck.