Why isn’t your job search working out the way you expected it to? You’ve been sending out resumes but have never gotten so much as an email in return.
Job searching can sometimes feel as challenging as it is exciting. Everyone’s search journey is different, but no matter what your situation is, there are a few simple, certain ways to sharpen up your hunt and make it work better for you.
In my webinar, Get Hired Faster, I talked about the 4Ms to speeding up your job search process and getting you hired! This is a great summary of that webinar but if you want to watch a recording of the whole thing, the link is below!
Here are the 4 key pillars to getting you hired faster:
Norman Vincent Peale, author and minister, once said, “when you expect the best, you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you.”
Your mindset is key to landing a job. Having a clear and positive mindset gives you clarity, confidence, and courage to move forward. Your beliefs activate the level of potential you’d like to access, your level of potential incites your action and your action inspires results. If you want to tap into the real pulse of the workforce, the best place to start is by tapping into your mindset.
Thus, often when I work with job seekers, I often hear that they have limiting beliefs, doubts, or second guess themselves on whether they have what it takes. They see job hunting as a gauntlet of rejection and their fear-based thoughts are the limiting beliefs to their own potential.
What you can do is to work on your mindset. Have a winning mindset, a can-do attitude, a positive affirmation. Repeat this to yourself: I am MVP – I am marketable, I am valuable, I am performance driven. Retrain your mind to work for you, not against you.
Messaging is all about your content and delivery. Having a consistent and compelling message is crucial as it is what makes you memorable and marketable. Your message will help you in communicating your distinctive qualities and qualifications to your prospective employer.
It’s always been a struggle for many job seekers to apply marketing tactics on themselves and make them more “sellable”. It’s seemingly so easy to get lost in the enormous pool of talented people.
What you can do: Identify your personal brand. Have your key theme, keywords that highlight your skill set or expertise laid out. Ask yourself what your key messages are and identify the relevant examples to highlight your knowledge, skills, and experience.
You ought to have a marketing plan for your job search and networking. You have to have a marketing collateral which includes your resume, cover letter, linkedin profile, and your elevator pitch. You want to make sure that all of these are very remarkable and very compelling to your employers.
For every job posted online, many candidates will try to apply. Faced with this volume of competition, you probably feel at a loss for what more you can do to sell yourself.
Go back to the messaging piece and really think about the first impression that you want to give when people see you resume or your linkedin profile. What’s the tone that you want to set? Give the impression that you are a high performer and a high potential candidate.
4) Meeting People
The key to getting hired faster is really meeting people. Networking is how you short-circuit parts of the process and it accounts for an estimated 70% of all job offers. Love it or hate it, it’s one of the crucial ingredients for your recipe for success.
Oftentimes, the common mistakes that job seekers make is simply applying for jobs online. The truth is, the chances of getting an interview are very slim by just applying online (only about 2% hits). When you actually network and go put yourself out there to meet people, you are 5 times more likely to get an offer. If you could get people to endorse you or to refer you to new opportunities, you essentially accelerate the interview process – it’s like going through a back door.
Instead of applying online, you actually go find the people who work there, the hiring manager, the recruiter – you get to know them so that you can actually move faster. Talk to at least 10 people in the company to really understand the business, the culture, structure, and the day to day responsibilities of the role. This kind of preparation will give you a competitive edge when you proceed to the interview stage.
From the moment you decide to apply to the moment you leave the interview, know that these 4 pillars have played a crucial part in the whole process. Work on yourself, work on your messaging, your marketing, and on meeting people.
I have discussed further on this on my webinar, Get Hired Faster. If you want to go and check it out, see the following table of contents to make it easier for you to find the topics you want to hear about the most:
- 3:24 – The 4 key pillars to getting hired faster
- 9:53 – How to differentiate as high potential talent and ideal candidate
- 17:22 – Common mistakes made in resumes
- 21:13 – How to create a marketable resume that gets you interviews
- 25:19 – Common mistakes made in networking
- 32:58 – How to find the right people to network with
- 36:38 – How to leverage LinkedIn to network with people
- 40:05 – Common mistakes made in interviews
- 42:17 – How to prepare for interviews that make you stand out