Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Job Search is a Project Plan Without an End Date - Are You Working Your Plan?

 The Interview Doctor
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I received this note the other day and thought this was a great note to share with others.

Dear Interview Doctor,
I am in the process of either changing jobs or doing consulting in Quality Management. Since 85% to 90% of companies have not made the transition to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard, this may be a good opportunity for me. After helping my last company, I have a solid understanding of what needs changed to make that transition. I just purchased your e-book, which may help. Any advice would be helpful. John
Dear John,
I am sorry that you are in this situation but the best way to respond is with a plan.  My best suggestion is to create a job search marketing plan! The same steps involved in changing jobs will support consulting goals as well so no actions are wasted.
Consider these steps:
1) Clarify the problem your target company probably has based on your knowledge and experience. Sure, we are guessing a little but you probably have a good idea what is the problem you can solve.
2) How specifically can you solve that problem? This is the WIIFM – “what's in it for me” from the company's perspective. This is also what you will talk about with people.  You do NOT want to talk about your job search or no one will want to talk to you. How could your ideal company most effectively utilize your knowledge, skills and abilities? What are deliverables in what time frame that could solve the company’s problem? Is there a contract option available too? Is that an option? How would you structure that? This is all background information that you will now have at your fingertips when you speak to people.
3) Identify by name those target companies that meet your parameters.  These are companies that you believe could utilize you to solve the problem you are pretty sure they have. Until we do that research you are only making an educated guess. But we need to start with some sort of list. We will use this list for outreach.
4) Now start your research. Research the company on Google, their website, LinkedIn and other social media sites. Who is the decision maker - the person who could hire you? Who do you know who works there? Who knows someone who knows someone? Who works there who might be a peer or in a subordinate role? Read some LinkedIn profiles to get an idea of what those people are like. Read press releases to identify projects. Extrapolate the issues behind those press releases.
5) Create a project plan that allocates some time every day to researching the companies on your target list. Start your outreach 5 companies at a time. When one company falls off the list for being undesirable or a dead end then add another so you always have at least 5 companies on your action list.
6) Take action. Reach out to connect to people at the company with whom you can have a conversation about the problem you think they probably have and that you are an expert in. “Talk” via email inside LinkedIn about business issues, professional to professional. Exchange LinkedIn emails about the topic until you feel comfortable asking for coffee. Then at coffee talk further about that business issue, not about your job search. You want the person to think you are a whiz at that professional stuff (because of course you are! ) so they either want to engage you, really keep you in mind or make introductions to other folks because they think you are great (because you are!)
Does this make sense? It really works. Not on our time schedule but it works. Remember job search is a project plan without an end date. All you can control is the plan, not the outcome.

What do you think? Can you do this? The Interview Doctor can help you create a personalized Job Search Marketing Plan that supports your job search. Check out our helpful Networking Guide for valuable tips on how to bring your Job Search Marketing Plan to life!!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, October 16th: Cold Calling - How to Make It Fun & Effective

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday, October 16th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. Our special guest speaker will be Marilee MacAskill who is a Dale Carnegie Trainer. Her topic will be "Cold Calling - How to Make It Fun and Effective". We all have to make networking calls and calls to approach potential employers and hiring managers, and to be honest, most of us do NOT like doing it! Come learn how to make Cold Calling more effective in your job search and to how overcome the fear of the phone!

Looking forward to seeing you at tomorrow's meeting!

All God's Best,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This Woman Got a New Job by Posting on LinkedIn - Ask for Help!

Monday, September 11, 2017

How Can I Find a Job That I am Good At?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, September 11th - LinkedIn Best Practices

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday September 11th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. We will be having an open discussion on "LinkedIn Best Practices". PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP OR DEVICE to review your profile.

NOTE: Ladies Latte starts at the same time as our meeting so please come early to get a parking space!

Please continue to pray for all those affected by the hurricanes.

Grace and peace,

Sunday, August 20, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, August 21st - Financial Strategies for Job Seekers

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday, August 21st at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. Our special guest speaker will be our Ministry Partner, Curt Bissell, Financial Associate for Thrivent Financial. His topic will be "Financial Strategies for Job Seekers". Please plan on attending this important session. We all need to adjust our finances when in job search mode and Curt will address several key things you can do now to make your current financial situation more secure.

Looking forward to seeing you and hearing your success stories!

Keep Pressing on in His Grace,

Thursday, July 27, 2017

30 Highest Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a Bachelors Degree

Don’t have a degree? There are lots of great job opportunities out there! Expand your target employer list. Check out this great article on today’s Cleveland.com:

Good Hunting!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, July 24th - Negotiating an Offer and Closing the Deal

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday, July 24th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. We will be wrapping-up our Crossroads program for 2017 with Step 7: SELECTING - Negotiating an Offer and Closing the Deal. Please review and complete Step 7 in your Workbooks. This is a very critical topic in your successful transition into a new position so please come prepared. We will all eventually be faced with an offer- on-the-table so let's talk about how to effectively Close the Deal with your new employer!

Keep Pressing on in His Grace,

Saturday, July 08, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, July 10th - Interviewing Best Practices - How to Turn a NO into a YES!

Hi Everyone:
I trust you all had a wonderful Independence Day Holiday! Now it is time to get back to our job searches in earnest. Our next meeting is Monday, July 10th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. We will be discussing Interviewing Best Practices and hear a great  video presentation from Mark Gonska, Outplacement Manager at Dise Company on "How to turn a NO into a YES!" Have you ever received a Rejection Letter from an Interview or Job Offer? Is there a way to turn that Rejection (No) into an Acceptance (Yes)? Come hear Mark share his strategy on how to make that happen!

Looking forward to seeing you all again and hearing your success stories!

All God's Best,

Sunday, June 04, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, June 5th - How to WOW Interviewers!

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday, June 5th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. Our topic will be Crossroads Step 6: How to WOW Interviewers!. Interviewing is perhaps the most difficult job search skill to master. This is a great session that will get you prepared for your next Interview and sharpen your skills for success in today's hiring market.

Please bring your Crossroads Workbook and stories of what has worked for you in Interviews and what has not. We can all learn from each other and develop personal Best Practices that will get you the Job Offer you have been searching for!

All God's Best,