5 Key Traits Recruiters look for in a PASSIVE CANDIDATE – Guest Post

Passive Candidate

Passive CandidatesYou wake up just like you do every morning and get ready for work.  You grab your cup of coffee, get in the car and head into your office.  You sit down in your cubicle, read through your e-mails.  Your boss wants you to get a report ready by noon. Your wife wants to remind you about your dinner party Saturday night.  Okay.  You read on.  Yada, yada, yadda.  Now wait! What is that e-mail?!!  “Hi, my name is Will Thomson, and I am the corporate recruiter for Rosetta Stone.  I saw your Linkedin Profile and would like to talk to you”. You may ask yourself, “What just happened?”.

Candidates, this is my life.  I am a corporate recruiter.  My job is to find you.  Last year, I wrote a guest post for Career Pivot talking about how recruiters will find you which you can read here   So now you know you are being looked for.   It is no secret.

In these times, no job is permanent.  If a public company has a few bad quarters, you are dispensable.  If the economy starts going south, the company “has to make difficult decisions”.  Believe me when I say to you, it is in your best interest to always be a passive candidate even if you are 100% happy.

Let’s talk about what happens next.  Hopefully I have convinced you that you SHOULD BE a passive candidate.  You have cleaned up your social media presence and you are FOUND.    Here are 5 things that we look for that you may or may not know that should help you become more attractive to a prospective employer.

1)      Your reputation.  Since we are “detectives” we want to know what your co-workers, former bosses, former co-workers have to say about you.  Sometimes we may ask someone in our network that knows your former boss to do a little detective work for us.  If you have great work skills, but awful people skills, then we probably will pass.   If you have crossed someone in your past, try to make amends.  Never burn a bridge.  EVER.  If you do, try to reconcile it.  You may get through the first couple of interviews, but you won’t get hired.

2)     Your Growth. Some people like staying at the same company for years.  I have friends that have been at companies for 20 years.  I have other friends that switch jobs every couple of years.  The important thing here is not to do the SAME thing for an extended period of time.  Take on new responsibilities.  Grow as an individual.  If you are with the same company in the same role for 10 years, that IS LOOKED AS A NEGATIVE.  If you have had 5 different roles and your career progresses with the same company, WE WANT YOU!

3)     Your Beautiful Mind.  I don’t care if you are 20 or 50.  Can you do what the job requires?  This is why it is SO IMPORTANT to stay current.   Take continuing education courses, get certifications.  Read.  Be a sponge.  Get involved with meetup groups.  If you did COBOL in the 80’s, I could care less.  If you can develop iOS apps now, I WANT YOU regardless of age.  If you don’t, I’ll find someone else.  Companies are now looking for the best and the brightest.  Are you in that category?  If not, do something about it!

4)     Your Peers.   You are who you hang out with.  There are some great people in this world and there are some not so great people in this world.  If you work for a company that compromises your integrity and you “drink their Kool-Aid”,  we don’t want you.  Make a change quick.  You don’t want to be pigeonholed in this scenario.

5)     Your Attitude.  I want someone who makes me feel excited about change.  Excited about technology.  Excited about the weather.  Excited about anything!  Leave your negativity at the door.  When you are negative, you are going to be poorly viewed another candidate will be chosen!

What traits of a passive candidate do you exhibit?

Are you ready to become a passive candidate?

Author:

Will Thomson lives in Austin, Texas, and works for Rosetta Stone as the global sales and marketing recruiter. He has been in recruitment and sales for 20 years. He received his undergraduate from The University of Mississippi, and his Master’s Degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin. He has recruited some of the most sought-after talent around the globe, and is a regular blogger for the recruitment industry. Find him on Twitter @WillRecruits or at Bulls Eye Recruiting

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Negotiating for What You Want

Negotiating for what you want, and rarely is money the most important!

NegotiatingBefore you can start negotiating, you have to know what you want. Most people think this is about money. I say bull hockey. Think for a moment, what have been the most critical things that have made you happy in your past jobs?

I will almost guarantee you that they were not monetary.

When I took my last corporate gig in December of 2007, my wife and I had planned a three-week trip to Italy for September 2008. I was offered a position to build a sales training program and September is the third and last month of the quarter. This is usually when sales teams are going full blast to make their numbers. I made it very clear that my wife was the real boss. What I wanted was to have these three weeks be paid time off whether I had PTO time available or not. As it turns out, we did not go to Italy. The recession set in and we went to Oregon for two weeks.

My boss did not question me taking vacation during September.

Intangibles are worth more than cash

What is important to you?

  • Work from home?
  • Child care?
  • Pet care or maybe you want to bring your dog to the office?
  • Schedule? Maybe the traffic is horrible at certain times of day. You can negotiate the time you need to be in the office.
  • Desk chair? After I ruptured the L4/L5 disc in my back, I learned how important a proper desk chair can be.
  • Cell phone? For years, I refused to take a company phone. If it is my phone, I have the right not to answer it!

Develop a list of the items that are important to you. Remember the non-financial requirements are likely more important than the financial ones. Negotiate on the non-financial items first! Once they have made an offer, they have made a commitment to hiring you. They will not easily walk away. Use that to your advantage. It often turns out money is the least important negotiating point but is usually the one we put the most emphasis on!

Financial requirements

Never ever tell them what you currently make or what you want! Never! Never! Never! Know what you are worth! Talk to peers. The world has changed and people will talk about compensation. Look at the entire compensation including salary, benefits, 401(k) match, stock option, employee stock purchase plans, etc.

Check some of these websites for salary comparisons:

When you are given an offer, never ever accept it on the same day. If they insist on an immediate answer, then walk away as fast as you can! The answer is no. If the offer is low, tell them you want more. If they ask how much more you want, you respond I want to be compensated fairly. Do not take the bait!

Focus on the work environment and follow your gut instincts.

Create a list of intangible/non-financial requirements so that you are prepared when an offer letter comes.

Why are you leaving your current job? Negotiate for what is missing in your current position and it is rarely about money!

This post is an excerpt from my book Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers.

This post is part of a weekly series on the Personal Branding Blog.

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3 Ways to Date to Get a Job

date to get a jobDate to get a job?

I have written before about how the dating process is very synonymous to the job search process. Sometimes to get the job you want, you need to be creative and ask for the date.

I am working with three very experienced professionals on their job searches. Each was approached by employers about positions but… the employer was not quite ready to make that all-important hiring decision. Whether it was budget, cultural fit, or they were just nervous about expanding, a lot of employers drag their feet in pulling the trigger.

Sound familiar?

How about asking for a date to get a job?

Let me recount three different scenarios that have happened in the last month.

Client #1

Client #1 interviewed with a small firm that is rapidly expanding. They were very impressed with the client’s skills and, more importantly, the client’s background with a particular channel partner. Client #1 proposed a multi-step strategy during the interview process that the hiring manager really liked.  They were not ready to hire though! They put the process on hold.

Client #1 proposed instead a 20-hour per week contract to develop the first two steps of the plan. They liked the idea and are currently considering it.

Rather than going away Client #1 asked for a date to get a job!

Client #2

Client #2 interviewed with a technology consulting firm. They know they needed someone with this client’s skill set for a newly created position. But they were not sure how this newly created position would fit in the organization. They again put this position on hold.

Client #2 proposed a 90 day contract to get the ball moving. They liked the idea but want to wait until January.

Rather than walking away Client #2 asked for a date to get a job.

Client #3

Client #3 interviewed for a marketing position with a growing engineering firm. They have never hired a full-time marketing person. Client #3 realized what they really need first is a marketing plan and told them that during the interview.

In the meantime, a critical person was fired from the engineering firm and the marketing position was put on hold while they fill the other critical position.

Client #3 proposed to come in as a consultant to write the marketing plan. We are waiting on their response.

Rather than walking away Client #3 asked for a date to get a job.

I am pretty confident that if any of the companies accept the offer to date, the client will get the job, if he or she decides, ultimately, to take it.

This is like dating and marriage, you both have to agree that it is the right thing to do.

I have seen a lot of positions being put on hold because the companies are not sure if they know exactly what they want or if the expense is worth the potential reward.

Be willing to be creative and make an offer to date to see if making the hire is worthwhile. It also gives you the opportunity to see if this is someplace you want to work.

Give it a try! Ask for a date to get a job!

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3 Traits of Successful Job Seekers

successful job seekers3 Traits of Successful Job Seekers

You know whom I am talking about when I say successful job seekers.

When they get laid off, or are just dissatisfied with their current position, they find that next position with ease.

How do they do it?

They have three things in common:

  • Strong personal brand
  • An online presence
  • A large supportive network

Let’s talk about each:

Strong Personal Brand

These people know who they are and can communicate their brand both online and in person.

They can clearly articulate the skills they have and how they can help their next employer or client.

Another way of stating this is they can clearly articulate the problems they can solve.

This is key! It is not just about having a set of skills but articulating how you use them to solve real world problems!

Successful job seekers have a strong personal brand!

An Online Presence

This should start with your LinkedIn profile.  You should have a profile with a great picture, a defining headline, a summary section with your brand story and sample of your work attached directly to your profile.

Do you have a blog or personal website? Does any of your work appear online for people to find?  This will vary from industry to industry.

I know may people who work for the government where they are strictly forbidden from posting examples of their work.

Are you active in any online communities? LinkedIn groups, tweetchats, FaceBook Groups, Google+ Communities,…. These are great places to build up your online presence and personal brand.

Successful job seekers have an online presence!

A Large Supportive Network

We live in a referral economy. Your next job will likely come through a connection in your network.

It is not just to have 1000+ Twitter followers, 500+ LinkedIn connections, or 1000 FaceBook friends you must reach out and connect with this network.

Notice I did not say “A Large Network” but “A Large Supportive Network”.

This requires careful and regular cultivation. Think of your network as a vegetable garden, where you have to regularly, weed, water and fertilize your plants to get them to produce a bounty of vegetables. The same is true for your network. If you reach out and connect on a regular basis and weed, water and fertilize it you too will get a bounty of help in your career.

Successful job seekers have a large supportive network!

What about you?

Do you possess all three of these traits of successful job seekers?

What do you need to improve?

What are you going to do today to be among those that call themselves successful job seekers?

This post originally appeared on the Getting It Right The First Time – Bulls Eye Recruiting Blog.

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5 Ways Recruiters Will Find You – Guest Post

RecruiterThink about the word Recruiter for a minute.

What do you think about when you think of that word?

  • There are corporate recruiters who work for the company itself.
  • There are agency recruiters who help organizations find talent for companies other than itself for a fee.
  • There are executive recruiters or headhunters who are paid a very high fee to find “C” level talent for other organizations.

Have you ever been called by any of these?  Were you looking when you were called?

Recruiting has changed dramatically over the past twenty years.  The days of applying for a job online is NOT how most candidates are found anymore.  Recruiters should now be called “DETECTIVES”.   We use social media.  A LOT!!

EVERYTHING IS RESEARCH-ABLE.  Anything you have done in the past can now be found on the web.  If you ran in a race, we can find you.  If you have joined a meetup group for a technical skill, we will find you.

The number one thing to understand is that YOU WANT TO MAKE YOURSELF FOUND.  When a recruiter types in your name on Google, where will you come up on a search?  This is called SEO or Search Engine Optimization.  In today’s world, ANYTHING can be happen!! You like your job?  Great! You may lose it tomorrow and it may not be your fault.  Be ready!

Here are 5 Social Media avenues Recruiters do to find you:

  • Linkedin – Do you even realize the importance of Linkedin?  I know this is a big “duh” moment for most, but recruiters treat Linkedin like the bible.  Make sure your Linkedin profile is TOP KNOTCH.  Do you have a picture?  Not a picture of you at a party, but a real professional picture? If not, get this done ASAP!  Do you have a job title that people can find you?  Don’t put “product manager”, put “international expansion product manager”.  Make it clear and concise.   Do you have your skillet that CLEARLY states what you have done for each position?  If you are in sales, talk about your achievements, quota attained, accounts generated.  Treat it like a BREATHING RESUME.  Do you have endorsements?  Like it or not, endorsements are now Linkedin’s new recommendations and Recruiters DO view your endorsements.  Take a class; get the advice of an expert, but Linkedin is essential! Even if you don’t want to be found, you MUST present an image you would like the WORLD to see, because THEY DO!  Recruiters start here with almost EVERY search.  Although we may not contact you here, we want to find out WHO you are on Linkedin.
  • Facebook – Seriously.  Most everyone around the world has a Facebook account.  It is not going away.  We look at pictures.  We look at how you interact with others.  Facebook has been known as your “personal space” for so long, but don’t forget, we can find out A LOT about you even if you change your privacy settings.  It is okay to post pictures, or talk about your sports team.  We will couple this information with any other information before making a decision if you are a candidate.  Be careful what you say or do.  It is okay to mix business with professional here.  I encourage it.  Do it the right way though.
  • Twitter -  Okay – So I didn’t used to be a big believer in Twitter.  It is NOT going away.  140 Characters or less isn’t very much, but we will know more about you from what you tweet than most other avenues.  A lot of people STILL haven’t adapted to Twitter, but they will soon enough.  This is one of the main social media streams out there.  If you don’t have a twitter account, get one.  Use it.  You can follow people for a long time before you even tweet.  People talk a LOT on twitter.  Information can travel faster on Twitter than most other social media streams.
  • Google Plus-  Google has become increasingly important.  A majority of individuals have Gmail accounts.  Please get one if you don’t have one.  If you have an Android phone, most everything is tied to Google.  Many companies are using Gmail and Google rather than Microsoft Exchange because of the cost of Microsoft’s products.  Google plus is still in it’s infancy, but I do believe it could overtake many other social platforms in the future
  • Blogs-  The future of blogging is truly at a serious cross road.  On one hand, self-expression is embraced.  On the other hand, blogging is becoming seriously overcrowded with so-called experts.  If you DO write, please know what you are talking about and have something to ADD to society.  Many people don’t blog and are terrific at what they do.  If you do Blog, I will know A LOT about you and can tell if you are someone I want to pursue OR NOT.  We look at personal blog sites to find information and to decide whether or not to move forward.

Clean up your Social Media presence today. It is ESSENTIAL in today’s world. It is ESSENTIAL in finding your next job. EVEN IF YOU AREN’T LOOKING!! We will find you.

Author:

Will Thomson lives in Austin, Texas, and works for Rosetta Stone as the global sales and marketing recruiter. He has been in recruitment and sales for 20 years. He received his undergraduate from The University of Mississippi, and his Master’s Degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin. He has recruited some of the most sought-after talent around the globe, and is a regular blogger for the recruitment industry. Find him on Twitter @WillRecruits or at Bulls Eye Recruiting

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Partner with Recruiters to Manage your Career

RecruitersRecruiters are an integral part of the hiring process at most companies.

There are several things you need to understand about recruiters.

  • They are people who like dealing with people. Most recruiters became recruiters because they are social and like helping others.  In general, they are very nice people.
  • They change jobs frequently. We all know with the ups and downs of the economy, recruiters are the first to be laid off when things get bad and the first to be hired when things turn around.
  • They connect with mostly everyone in organizations they work for and carry those connections from company to company. Therefore, they have very large networks.
  • Recruiters are often the person in between you and the hiring manager.
  • If there’s anyone you want to share your personal brand with, it’s recruiters.

Connecting on LinkedIn with recruiters

When you locate a target company that looks like a good potential employer for your services you should do the following:

  • Go to LinkedIn advanced search and perform a search of the title field for recruiter in the name. I actually use the following search string “recruiter OR Talent OR Human Resources OR HR” as some organizations do not use recruiter in their titles or may not have someone in HR dedicated to recruiting.
  • Identify a recruiter and send them a connection request and that state why you want to connect… A good example is as follows:

Dear insert recruiters name,

I am very interested in a marketing position at xyz company (if there is a current position open mention it). Are you the recruiter who handles these kinds of positions? If not, could you direct me to the recruiter who does. Could we set up a time to talk about your organization? In the mean time, please accept this invitation to connect.

Your name

When the recruiter receives your invitation three things will happen:

  1. Almost every time, the recruiter will accept your invitation to connect. You will now rise higher in their searches because you are now a first degree connection. Also their network of company employees are now your 2nd degree connections. You now will be able to see full names of employees in the target company!!
  2. If they like your profile, they will likely reach out to you for a short conversation via e-mail or over the phone.  They may forward you on to the recruiter who handles the positions you are looking for.

What if they accept my connection but I never hear from them?

Send them an e-mail or LinkedIn message. You are now a first degree connection on LinkedIn.

Cultivating Relationships

Recruiters need you as much as you need them. They are looking for referrals. When you talk with them, always be polite and courteous. Always complete the conversation with how can I help you?

Remember that recruiters move around. Keep track of their career moves using LinkedIn Contacts functions or websites like Nimble.  Be helpful to them when you are not looking for your next gig.

I cannot stress enough that building long term relationships with recruiters will pay long term dividends.

What have you done for a recruiter today?

This post is part of a new regular series on the Personal Branding Blog.

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Is Full Time Employee an Oxymoron? (Infographic)

Full Time EmployeeFull Time Employee – Is it an oxymoron?

Are you a full time employee? If you are,  you will soon be in the minority.

If you have not heard but Kelly Services is now the second largest employer in the United States behind Wal-Mart. That is right a temporary services company is #2 employer in the US.

I wrote last year that working for yourself would become very common in the next ten years.

In fact, there are predictions that half of the workforce will be contractors or freelancers by the start of the next decade.

We are see a structural change in the economy. The New York Times referred to this as The iPhone Economy. Over the last fifty years we have shifted from a manufacturing economy to a service economy. In fact, a lot of manufacturing is returning to the US but not the jobs. Most of the gains have come through automation.

Are you ready for the new reality?

Most baby boomers will be working long past the traditional retirement age but it will unlikely be as a full time employee.

We are in interesting times. Entrepreneurship is collapsing in the traditional 20-34 age group due to student loan debt but entrepreneurship is booming among baby boomers. The Kaufman Foundation has a report titled The Coming Entrepreneurship Boom.

Whether you are a traditional entrepreneur working for yourself or an intrapreneur working for someone else the world is changing.

What spurred me to write about this topic was a article on Entrepreneur.com titled Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur.

The article referenced the following infographic from FundersAndFounders.com

Entrepreneurship

Everyone is not cut out to be an entrepreneur. However, the world is rapidly moving to a contract based employment model. Many of you will want to look at building a portfolio career. This is where you perform a variety of services to provide an income. You definitely are not a full time employee but rather having multiple part time positions.

The term full time employee may soon be an oxymoron.

What are you going to do?

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What do you do when you are overqualified?

OverqualifiedAre you overqualified?

The idea for this post came from a Mashable.com post called What to Do When You’re Overqualified for a Job!

This is a problem that a lot of baby boomers encounter. Let’s look at it from an employers perspective. Are they looking for overqualified workers? Have you ever seen a help wanted sign that said I want overqualified workers?

Probably not!

The Mashable article poses five options on what to do:

  • Be honest
  • Focus on how you can help
  • Modify your resume
  • Offer a commitment
  • Take salary off the table

Why are you overqualified?

For most baby boomers there are a lot of reasons for being overqualified.

I just need a job!

The most common reason that we apply for jobs that we are overqualified for is desperation.

One of the most common errors I see people make when they are desperate is to apply for multiple jobs at the same company. This tells recruiters that you do not know what you want. Therefore, you are kicked out almost immediately. If there are multiple positions that you might fit, find the one that is the closest fit and apply for that one position! You may be overqualified but tailor your resume for that position and follow the instructions in the Mashable article.

There are few jobs in the area where I live that meet my qualifications!

I wrote about this back in April in my post Over Sixty and Out of Work – Options.

If you are finding very few jobs where you are qualified and lots where you are over qualified, you will need to expand the area where you are looking. Yes, you may have to consider moving!

I want to scale back and not work so hard!

I have been here. You are either changing careers or just want to take a lower level position with less money. This is a lifestyle decision that will not be apparent in your resume or social media profiles.

On paper, you are overqualified. Employers are not interested in hiring people who are overqualified!

How do you overcome this?

There are three words that you need to remember!

Relationships, relationships, and relationships!

I wrote about this in May in my post Combat Age Discrimination with Strategic Relationships.

You need to build the relationships before you even apply! They need to know who you are, your values and what you stand for!

This Stinks!

Acquiring a position where you are overqualified is a pure relationship sale.

Managing your career from this point forward is a relationship sale. More on this in coming blog posts!

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Book Review – Winning Through Redundancy (Layoff)

Winning through redundancy or layoff? Huh?

 Winning through a layoff?  You got to be kidding.

I recently met Steve Preston, The Career Catalyst. Steve is British and lives in the United Kingdom. I discovered Steve though his workshop that works with the students on developing portfolio careers.

His book Winning Through Redundancy: Six steps to navigate your way to a brighter future was just released on the US Amazon website last month.

Steve PrestonWarning: This book was written by an Englishman! He uses some funny vocabulary like Treacle, Redundancy and Curriculum Vitae. You will also find a lot of misspellings …. well the English do not think they are misspelled but you will!

Other than that it is a great book.

Steve introduces the Career Navigation Cycle process. This is a six step process that will take you from the depths of emotional turmoil of being laid off to getting you on the right path for your career.

Step #1 – Let go and look forward

It is time to look at where you have been and what is before you. It is a time for perspective. It is also the time to learn to manage the emotional rollercoaster you are now on.

Step # 2 – It’s time to re-evaluate

What needs to change? What get’s you out of bed each day? Reassess and rethink your finances. (This is the area I particularly like. Steve addresses all aspects of the situation: emotional, financial and career.)

Step # 3 – Establishing your true marketability

Steve writes about your entire package: resume or CV as he calls it, your personal brand, and how to showcase yourself.

Step # 4 – Exploring new opportunities

Where are these new opportunities and how do you find them? How do you manage your emotions as you explore. How to avoid “Walking in the Treacle”.  Remember I said Steve is British!

Step #5 – Deciding what to do

How to avoid the career trap and moving from chaos to clarity? Some of your biggest challenges in this process is on the emotional side of the equation.

Step #6 – Taking positive action

Now is the time to get in shape. Steve gives you plenty of exercises to take positive action.

Going through a resource action (darn… I mean a layoff) is a miserable experience. It can be a time for renewal.

This book provides a structure for you to follow to get you to your next step in your career.

Take a moment to read my last two posts on resource actions … I mean layoffs.

Check out Winning Through Redundancy: Six steps to navigate your way to a brighter future on Amazon.com!

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7 Positive steps after being affected by a resource action

Resource ActionPositive Steps after a Resource Action?

Yes, there are a lot of positive things to do after you have been ….. laid off (oops … I was not not politically correct) affected by a resource action.

Positive Steps

  1. Take a deep breath and chill – The worst thing to do is to start working on your resume and getting online to apply for jobs! It hurts. It hurts a lot. If you were to talk to any prospective employer it will come out that you are hurting. Take several weeks off and heal.
  2. Take stock of your current lifestyle - This might be the right time to Repack Your Bags. Access why you are doing what you are doing. Are you still supporting adult children? Are you still living in the big house where you raised your kids? Are you properly taking care of your own health? I have written in the past that I am a big fan of authors Richard J. Leider and David A Shapiro and their book Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Good Life. If you are a baby boomer the statistics say you will make less in your next position.
  3. Take stock of your current career path - Were you let go because your job could be done cheaper by someone else somewhere else in the world? Were you happy in your current career path? Come on be honest with yourself! Would you like to do something completely different?
  4. Take advantage of free resources - If you were laid off….. affected by a resource action (I need to take a politically correct pill!) you were probably offered outplacement services. Take advantage of what they offer. There are lots of non-profits and religious organizations that offer job counseling services. I serve on the board of directors of Launch Pad Job Club, the largest and oldest organization of it’s type in Central Texas. I like to brag we have been in existence for 12 years and served close to 13,000 people.
  5. Work on your networking skills - You next job will not likely come from submitting your resume on some job board. About 8% of jobs are filled through online applications. Your next job will likely come from a referral. Build yourself a fan club and network strategically. We live in a referral economy.
  6. Work on you social media presence - Many of you, who have worked for one employer for 15 or more years, this may be pretty scary. You need to build your personal brand. Your first step is to build a strong LinkedIn profile.
  7. Take advantage of this moment of clarity - This could be a moment of clarity for you. A moment of clarity is when something big happens, lay off, new job, birth, death, marriage, divorce,… , that causes us to get clear. We look at life through filters. Those filters protect us. During moments of clarity those filters come down, and we see things clearly. What is really important to you? I devote a whole chapter in my book Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers dedicated to this topic. It is that important.

What is your next step?

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Marc Miller Career Design Specialist