Stop Looking For Job! Take Control of Your Job Search

Do you know it is possible to take charge of your job search? To be in control of how you search for job. Sometimes it can be frustrating applying over and over again for jobs and never hearing back.

When you apply online, the probability of you getting that job is very slim unless your qualifications exactly match what the employer wants. It’s not impossible to land an opportunity via an online application; many people do find jobs that way, but it doesn’t change the fact that you’re not likely to get hired from a resume submission.

So what is the solution?
Stop looking for a job. Start looking for a company.

This may seem weird, but it may be the best career move you never considered. Instead of spending all of your time searching for appropriate job descriptions and targeting your resume to apply for them, you should consider shifting some of your efforts to identifying organizations whose goals are in line with your interests and whose problems you know you can solve.

How do you go about this?

  • Create a list of potential employers who need your kind of problem-solving abilities.
  • Be armed with research on these potential employers to understand their issues and how you can make a difference.
  • Prepare examples of your work in both story and written form.
  • Be able to present yourself as a solution. Know what makes you special and stick to it. Don’t waiver.

How should you make lists of employers?
Start with companies you know about and where you might want to work. Don’t worry if they don’t have openings, this research focuses on places you’d like to work-not companies advertising for jobs.

It’s a good idea to steer your research to include companies where you already have networking connections. Where your friends work.

Once you identify organizations of interest, start learning all you can about them. Luckily, this is much easier today than it ever was in the past. Examine the company’s complete digital footprint. Many firms post videos, and manage Facebook pages and Twitter feeds touting their organizations and why you might want to work there.

Study each company’s website and blog if they have one, and search for their employees on Twitter and Facebook. (A lot of people list where they work in their Twitter and facebook profiles.)
Look in LinkedIn for groups related to any company that interests you to identify people who work there and for industry specific groups where you’ll meet people who work in organizations of interest.

Learn what you can about the organizations and their issues by keeping up-to-date with their online materials and by connecting with their employees. Move online relationships to in-person or telephone conversations to learn all you can. Share information about you with people who work in the organizations you’re targeting. Informational meetings are key for career success.

Target your materials and prepare samples of your work to address those needs. First, be sure your resume focuses on the organization’s needs. It shouldn’t be a rehashing of “stuff” you’ve done in the past; make it about your future. Your Linked In profile should be completely filled out to indicate your expertise, especially the summary and specialties sections.

Create a social resume, or personal website to showcase your expertise and to tell your career story. You can use different pages on the site to highlight your experience in various areas and to focus the reader on the reasons you are well suited for the organization. When people you meet online Google you to learn more, or click through your profiles to find out about you, a well-written, in-depth social resume helps ensure they see exactly what you want them to learn about you.

Presenting yourself as the solution is easier once all the other pieces are in place. Try these approaches for a few weeks as part of your job hunt to see if it makes a difference for you!

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