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Three Critical Elements of a Successful Job Search
Provided by quintcareers.com
As any marketing guru will tell you, the success of a product launch depends on the quality of its advertising message, its exposure to a targeted audience, and the skill of its sales presenters. If any one of those critical elements is missing, revenues fall short of corporate goals. Similarly, a successful job search requires:
A clear marketing message (resume and cover letter);
Fall short on any of the three, and an extended, lengthy job search is the result.
The first step to a successful job search is a resume that communicates a strong marketing message. Just as a print ad entices the reader toward purchase, your resume has one job: to entice employers to call you for an interview. How does one transform a boring, historical document into a marketing message that sells?
Focus on benefits rather than features.
Once you've transformed your work history into a marketing message, you'll want to give it as much quality exposure as possible. Marketing professionals use various media to get their message out. New athletic shoes may be promoted through print ad, television, and online media. Similarly, get maximum exposure of your job-search marketing message, with several strategies, both proactive and reactive.
One of the most common complaints I hear from job-seekers is that they get no response from their resume. When asked how they use their resume, they usually say it's 100 percent in response to posted job listings. Securing an interview from a job posting is like trying to catch a fish in a pond that is ringed elbow-to-elbow with anglers. To make matters worse, there's a sign posted at the pond that reads, "Due to budgetary cuts, the pond wasn't stocked this year."
To get maximum exposure and more interviews you'll want to include some of the following strategies:
Networking with professionals who may provide job lead information;
All the exposure in the world will not get you closer to your next career position if your interview skills are no sharper than your competition's. Just as a sales person whose rent money depends on his/her ability to outsell the competition, so must the job-seeker hone his or her interview skills to win the offer. Second choice still means "unemployed."
Some job-seekers cringe at the thought of conducting a job interview as a sales presentation. Natural-born sales people are rare. Even the most effective and highly paid sales professionals had to learn and practice their skills. Job-seekers of any background and personality style can adapt sales skills to perfect their interview skills. Minimally, those skills should include:
Pre-interview research of the prospective employer;
Job-seekers in a lengthy job search may benefit from analyzing which of the three critical elements is not working for them. Start by asking these questions:
How is my ratio of resume-send-outs to job interviews? Maybe it's a resume problem.
Ensuring that your skills are their sharpest in all three critical elements of the job search will help you gain your career objective in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of stress.