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Job-seekers are figuring out from harsh personal experience — the best teacher there is — that the traditional job-search machine is broken. It doesn’t work. You could literally lob applications into automated recruiting sites forever and never get a job. To get hired and especially to get a job that deserves your talents, you have to take a more proactive approach.
You don’t have to follow the traditional job-search rules or even the rules laid out in employers’ own job ads. You are not responsible for reading job ads! You can reach out to anyone you like, and I encourage you to reach out to hiring managers at every organization on your Target Employer List.
You will find your specific hiring manager like this, and then you’ll send him or her a paper letter in the mail, the old-fashioned way. Your letter is called a Pain Letter because it digs into the most likely source of Business Pain to be vexing your hiring manager right now.
When you send your hiring manager a pithy Pain Letter along with your one- or two-page Human-Voiced Resume, you will make much stronger and more relevant impression than your automated application could ever do.
Your direct approach to your hiring manager is one important job-search channel. Two other channels to get up and running are your Networking channel and your Consulting channel. It is imperative for you to get consulting business cards (for instance, at Vistaprint online) and give them out to everyone you know and everyone you meet. You are creating a new persona for yourself.
You are not a lowly and desperate job-seeker, but rather a consultant! The more time and thought you give to your fledgling consulting business, the more effective a networker and a job-seeker you will become!
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Why is that? It’s because business consultants are experts in solving thorny problems. They are intimately familiar with the problems their employers and clients run into most often, and the cost of those problems to clients until they get solved. You have to know the same thing. Your investment of time and energy in developing your new consulting business will shed light on the areas where your Pain-Solving abilities will have the most impact.
Here are three techniques every job-seeker should incorporate into his or her job-search approach. In combination these three shifts in your job-search methodology and mindset will cut your job-search time in half.
The concept of Business Pain can revolutionize your job search. When you know before you reach out to a hiring manager how you can solve his or her most likely problem rather than just performing a function, you have power in the hiring equation.
Nancy used Business Pain to equalize the traditionally unequal power relationship when she was job-hunting. Nancy researched each employer she approached before she ever reached out to them and she didn’t apply for jobs through faceless Black Hole recruiting sites. Nancy is an administrative assistant. She knows how administrative hassles slow organizations down and cost them money and customers.
Her branding doesn’t say “I’m a skilled Administrator.” It talks about the aggravation and costs associated with a disorganized office, instead! Nancy knows how to solve that kind of Business Pain. That’s why she never stays unemployed.
Nancy sent a Pain Letter to the CEO of each company on her target employer list, and in her letter she focused on missed appointments, out-of-date office systems and the confusion that results when an overbooked CEO lacks a capable first mate to manage his or her calendar. Nancy got a job in six weeks because she didn’t go the job market hat-in-hand, but rather as the solution to a stressed-out CEO’s problem.
Get Out Fast
Nancy and every other Mojofied Job Seeker knows this about a job search: there are many more hiring managers who won’t appreciate your brand of jazz than those who will. The last thing Nancy wants to do is waste time running down an opportunity that shows all the signs of going nowhere. Nancy trusts her gut. If she gets a weird feeling or the sense that she’s beating her head against the wall in one opportunity, she doesn’t stick around. She moves on!
The key to becoming a Mojofied Job Seeker is to believe in yourself and back up that belief with a highly-targeted, carefully-researched approach to a few employers that you choose — the opposite of the traditional, thoughtless ‘Spray and Pray’ approach.
Nancy knows the names of every hiring manager she has in her sights. She doesn’t take the view “Somebody will hire me!” but rather goes after her target managers one by one. Her Pain Letters are thoroughly researched before she sends them out and her Human-Voiced Resume is customized for every opportunity.
We all like to feel that people have taken time and invested energy to learn about us when they approach us with a sales pitch. Hiring managers are no different! You can get your job search moving the same way Nancy did. It takes a shift in mindset and a new methodology, but the benefits are enormous!
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You might be surprised about what to expect. Salary trends vary widely by industry and by role within the industry. As reported by the Robert Half organization...
"U.S. starting salaries are projected to increase an average of 3.8% in 2015 for professional occupations. Technology positions are expected to see the largest gains among all fields researched, with an anticipated 5.7% increase in the average salary for newly hired workers. Accounting and finance and creative and marketing professionals can expect their starting salary to rise an average of 3.5%."
If you re looking for a big jump in pay this year you'll more likely see it in these industries. Salary increases for a new job with a different company average between 3% and 7%. This also varies widely and it is highly dependent upon the percieved value you bring to the new organization.
It is best to do some research before you have your performance review or salary increase conversation. Some of our favorite sites to get 'generalized' salary information are:
Salary.com Good site for a ball park figure. Keep in mind that the pay scales tend to be high and are focused more on large city metro areas.
Payscale.com - Our of the best with robust tools and information.
Monster.com Monster offers a free 'salary wizard' that might be fun to try. Good generalized info.
Negotiating Your Salary Increase
Most pay increases are negotiable. How much depends on who you work for. If you are in a large corporation there is very little negotiating room unless you are at the top of your organizational ladder. Big companies have fixed salary ranges that appear to be locked in stone. However, if you are in a smaller company there tends to be more room to maneuver.
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Also, remember to ask for an increase - don't expect the company to just hand them out. Companies are not in business to provide jobs and pay salaries. They are in business to make a profit. The more you can show your direct contribution to business results the more power you have in salary negotiations.
This used to be the tagline for the US Army, but it echoes the inner drive of most people. After all, who doesn’t want to be all they can be? You don’t have to join the Army, as honorable as that is, to accomplish this goal. You can be all you can be in your career, in your community, in any or all areas of your life. We often see ourselves as somewhat contented with our lives the way things are right now. Of course it's hard to think of anything else when there are other, pressing issues to be addressed.
Still most of us aspire for something deeper and more meaningful. It all starts with a personal self development plan
Perhaps you are on the right track, perhaps you know you’re not, and perhaps you didn’t even know there was a track! MMS Group principal Richard Yadon gives you ten questions to ask yourself to uncover what it might take to be all you can be!
10 Questions to Start A Self Development Plan
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What other questions should you ask yourself to fully optimize your life? Let us know below.
Say, a lack of networking contacts? Or trouble answering interview questions? Problems in a job search are as common as mosquitoes in July. You aren't alone either, no one's job search goes smoothly.
Have you ever written your problem down on a piece of paper? I'll bet you haven't. Most of react to problem to solve it as expediently as possible. Few take the time to structure the problem and structure a solution. Sometimes you can snap to a solution a common problems, but job search problems are not common. You may only encounter them a few times in your life.
Writing down difficult problems has an incredible impact. Wen you write problems down, you take an immediate, huge leap towards solving them. Think about it: Every great invention or solution, from the atomic bomb to the Xbox, was first worked out on paper.
Getting your problem down on paper is just the first step. Here is a three-step method that will help you get the problem solved!
Start by asking the right questions
Most folks put themselves behind the eight ball in their job search by asking questions that are self depreciating, depressing, and demotivating. Questions like ...
“Why won't anyone give me a job?”
“How do I network when I don't know anyone?”
“Why doesn't someone recognize my great experience?”
These questions are not very helpful. Instead, start asking questions that motivate and inspire you.
Better questions to ask are:
“How could I give people a reason to call me with job leads?”
”How did my 10 closest friends find their current jobs? How could I brainstorm with them and use their methods in my job hunt?”
”What worked in my last job search? The job search before? How could I do that again?”
Important: Ask questions that YOU can solve. Don’t act as if the government, your school, parents, family -- anyone else – is going to come through for you. They might; but you can’d depend on it in a job search. Once you give up responsibility for solving problems with your job search (or anything else), you become a prisoner of outside forces.
Write down at least five empowering and motivating questions about your job search, right now.
Brainstorm at least 20 possible answers
After you write down five good questions, circle the one question that looks most promising. You're going to use it to get hired faster. Write that question at the top of blank sheet of paper. Write neatly because this question is going to help you get hired!
Let’s use this question as an example:
How could I give people a reason to call me with job leads?
Now start writing down answers to this question. Think of as many as possible, no matter how crazy, outlandish, or unlikely it might be for you. Keep writing down every possible and don't stop until you have at least 20 answers to your question. Not 15 or 19, but 20 answers -- or more.
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There is an important reason to keep going until you have 20 answers. Left to its own devices, your brain will pull a Homer Simpson after two minutes and try to talk you into going out for donuts or beer. Brains hate to think. Like bench pressing, thinking is strenuous work, no matter how good it may be for you.
But don't let your head off the hook. Don't stop until you get 20 possible solutions. Brainstorm as if your career depended on the outcome. Actually it does.
After you get to 20 it is time to review. Most of your answers won't be very good – don’t worry about that. You are not being graded on the quantity of your best answers. Look closely however, because your best answer may come right after the most hare-brained. By forcing yourself to write out 20 answers, you're flushing the creative pipes while going deep into your subconscious mind to dredge up a winner.
Take action on one solution today
Choose the most promising from your list of 20 answers. Then, get started -- today -- to make it happen. No excuses.
Let's say the most actionable of your solutions is to throw a networking party where you can meet friends, family and acquaintances, and let them know about your job search.
What do you need to do to make this party happen?
Just think it through… you have to make the guest list, send invitations, get the food, etc. So write down all the sub-goals necessary for the party to be a success. Check each sub-goal off your list as you complete it. Before you know it, your networking party will be a reality.
After that, take the next most-promising solution from your list of 20 and make that one happen.
Repeat until hired.
Here's why these 3 steps work when it comes to solving problems –
Clear Thinking + Continuous Action = RESULTS
If you're struggling to find a job, write down clear, empowering questions of your situation. Then, brainstorm at least 20 possible solutions and take action on the best one today. When you do, you'll be that much closer to getting the job you really want, faster.
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All of the interviews went smoothly – you brought your ‘A’ game. They loved your skills and expertise. You loved your prospective, the excitement of the new position and benefits of joining the company. When you finally got that Offer, it was thrilling to give your notice (or tell your friends you’re finally employed after a long stint of unemployment!). All seemed right with the world. After all this is your Dream Job!
But then….you’ve now been on board enough for the newness to wear off. Suddenly you’re not so sure you’ve made the right decision. The job that seemed like a dream is starting to feel like a nightmare. Maybe the position isn’t what you thought it would be. Maybe it’s either too narrow, too broad, not challenging enough, or more of a stretch than you imagined. Or the company just isn’t the environment you thought it was going to be, you don’t click with the culture. Even worse, maybe your boss isn’t the caring, supportive mentor you thought they would be.
Now you are not sure what you should do. Stick it out? For how long? Leave? Then what?
The decision to stay or leave a new job is a personal one, with no right or wrong answer, as everyone’s situation is unique. But you are not the only person to face this situation. Although it doesn’t happen very much, it is still something we see occasionally. To help you think through your next move and determine what’s right for you, here are some questions you may want to ask yourself:
6 QUESTIONS TO ASK
1. Is it just the newness of the job?
In your previous job, you knew your way around - you knew what was expected of you; you knew your job; you knew the players; you felt like you belonged. All of that will take time in a new job. Think back when you learned to drive. There were so many things to keep aware – speed, cars around you, judging distances, ect… But after a few months you could shift, change the radio station, drink some coffee and talk about your neighbor all at the same time! Sometimes it’s best to give yourself time to get over the “newness” and then decide if the job is right for you.
2. Can you live with your boss?
This is a tough one. You aren’t going to change your boss’s attitude or style. Even though your boss isn’t the supportive manager you thought they would be, can you live with the change? If so, it may be worth staying. If, however, you experience a nauseous stomach on Monday mornings or a rise in blood pressure every time he or she walks into your office, it may be wise to consider leaving.
3. Can you navigate the politics?
Often people say they don’t want to work at a place that has office politics. If that is you then you might just want to stay home. You can’t escape office politics. If you’ve been hired into a political crossfire, it will be important to assess your political skills to determine if you can make it work. If you’re good at developing relationships and working with differing styles, as well as “managing up”, you may want to consider staying and seeing if you can make a tough situation work.
4. What will you learn if you stay in this job?
Sometimes a seemingly wrong job can turn out to be a terrific opportunity to learn new skills, new technologies, and gain valuable experience. Is it possible this job could be a stepping-stone to a better, more satisfying position down the road? Could it ultimately propel your career forward? If so, and you can tolerate everything else, it may be worth staying.
5. If the scope of the job has changed, can it be renegotiated?
If the actual work turns out to be far different from what you thought it would be, you may want to speak with your manager to see if aspects of the job can be changed. If the scope is too narrow, can more responsibilities be added? Employers love people who want to take on more responsibility. Just be sure you a qualified to do it. If the job ultimately represents a step backwards and/or you’re doing work you didn’t feel like you signed up for, it may be worth looking elsewhere.
6. Can you afford to leave without another job to go to?
This is a very important financial consideration. Carefully evaluating your financial situation prior to jumping ship will help alleviate regrets later on. Consider also the momentum you had in your job search prior to starting your job. Can it be easily resurrected so your time of unemployment is minimized? You might also want to check back with some of the other places you interviewed.
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Often the answer as to whether you stay or leave is within you. There is no easy checklist or flowchart to follow. Most workplaces are not dangerous or abusive. If that is your situation then the choice is clearer. Pay attention to how you’re feeling and what the job is doing to your health and self-esteem. Know that it’s always an option to stay and look for employment on the side. If you do that, it may be valuable to evaluate your job, boss, team, and culture requirements so you can develop some insightful interview questions to ask the next time around.
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In our latest episode of the Reinventure Me podcast, Hosts Leary Gates and Armin Assadi talked with MMS Group CEO and recruiting expert Richard Yadon about the way the job market has changed in the last five years and how job seekers can improve their success in landing the right job for them.A lot has changed in the way corporations are finding candidates today. In just the past five years significant tools to find jobs and to screen candidates have emerged. Today’s applicants need to be smarter than ever to develop a strategy to land the right opportunity. Listen to a brief segment from the show...
You can hear the entire podcast, more job search information, and get the show notes HERE
Today’s hiring authorities want to attract and hire individuals who will provide them with the greatest return on their investment. In addition, they want someone who can help them solve challenges, issues or problem areas. Most industries or professions have universalproblems that they face. Take time today to think about the problems you have solved for past employers. Review what actions you took and the results that were achieved.
Now make a list of potential employers you feel would be facing the same kind of problem and directly market yourself to the person who would be your bosses’ boss. Stress the problems you faced, solutions you implemented and results that were enjoyed by past employers.
This will encourage the hiring authority to envision you as a problem solver who would be at asset to their current team. Most employers would like to upgrade their team and solve current issues or problems. Position yourself as that person, and you will greatly increase your chances of scheduling an interview.
If you need a coach or mentor, especially on your way to a job interview, visit My Job Interview Coach and view the short videos. These videos provide you with great information that you can use before, during and after the interview process.
Finding Your Passion, Purpose, and PowerJuly 16th @ 12:00 pm EST (9:00 am PST, 10:00 am MST, 11:00 am CST)
One of the great discoveries you make in life is the answer to the question, “Who am I?” One of the deepest needs of human existence is to know that our lives count for something; that our gifts and talents are being used to make a difference. Since work is so much a part of our lives, we want it to be meaningful.
Are you eager to live the life you deserve yet just don't know where to start? Do you want to feel passion for life and use it towards your life purpose?
It's time to stop yearning for an extraordinary life, and start living your passion, purpose and power. Stop trying to survive your day to day life and learn to direct your steps with new energy and optimism as you head into the future “you” get to choose. Being in a career transition is a perfect time to explore what’s possible for you.
Come learn how I found my purpose and how you can find yours. You will get inspired to powerfully move forward.
Learn how to be captain of your own ship
Learn how to instantly build your self-confidence
Learn the essentials needed shift your emotions empowering you toward your future
Learn how to accelerate your success and how to stay on your path
Learn how to eliminate unwanted habits and behaviors that are holding you back
Learn what relationships are necessary to drive you forward
When people establish a connection between what they do and a larger effort to change the world for the better, their work becomes an act of passion. The ultimate value you bring to the world.
Join us to discover your unique contribution and gain access to all the resources within you to fulfill your passion, purpose, and power.
It will be powerful, energizing, inspiring, and fun!
Registration Link: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/377609826Revive Your Job SearchJuly 24th @ 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, 2:00 pm CST)
If you have ever felt that your job search has come to a screeching halt, then this Webinar was created for you. During this session we will address the following:
How daily standards prevent peaks and valleys
Steps to revive a job search that is not providing results
Since 2006, MMS has been involved in building their clients’ senior management teams as well as their sales, medical management, and HIM staff.
When you need top talent, you want the best and you want it quickly. That can only happen when your search partner understands your business and your needs. The MMS Perfect Match search process delivers the comprehensive search results you need.
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