“Job Seeker Confidence” Part 1

Welcome readers! I’m excited to share with you the start of my new series of articles that I’ll be calling “Job Seeker Confidence.” Every week, I will be sharing with you some aspects of writing resumes, optimizing LinkedIn profiles, searching for a job, and preparing for job interviews. There are many things that you as a job seeker can do to optimize your career journey and to conduct an effective job search.

Now, time for a quick pep talk: Whether you are an active or a passive job seeker, you already have what it takes; you possess the knowledge, the skill set, and the determination to thrive in your next professional role. Whether you are currently employed, or have been laid off, or are returning to the workforce, or are looking for that next promotion or leadership opportunity, I urge you to always be prepared to jump into the career search arena.

In addition, I bet you don’t give yourself enough credit – you’re afraid to brag, or you don’t want to come across as arrogant. But this is exactly what you have to do, and I’ll teach you to do it the right way – on paper, online, during in-person meetings, and during interviews – to set yourself apart as an expert in your field and to position yourself as a desirable candidate.

I know that for many of you, the last time you had to conduct a job search may have been 5 years ago, or 10 years ago, or in some cases even 30 years ago! We all know that the days of looking through classified ads and submitting a paper resume are long gone. It’s true that technology has changed a lot of things in our lifetime. Just like many other aspects of our lives, the job search market has changed significantly.

Throughout the “Job Seeker Confidence” series, I will teach you to take a multi-pronged approach to your job search. The fact is, it’s not just a job search anymore. Instead, think of it as a career marketing campaign. You must tackle the process from several angles. This involves applying for jobs via job postings, networking with people you know and meet, getting discovered through LinkedIn talent searches, and also tapping into the hidden job market.

My goal is to provide you with an arsenal of career marketing tools, and to give you a complete understanding of how to best use them in order to land your next position. The resume is still a key component of your career marketing campaign, but the truth is, the resume alone won’t get you anywhere – it’s what you do with your resume, and with your LinkedIn profile, and with your network, that will get you where you want to be.

So once again, welcome to “Job Seeker Confidence!” Step by step, together we will tackle the many issues that surround your career search; from resumes to cover letters, from LinkedIn profiles to phone interviews, from networking to researching your target companies, and so many other topics in between.

If we’re not yet connected on LinkedIn, be sure to reach out! I’d love to make new connections. And I look forward to hearing from you – what topics regarding your job search do you want to learn more about?

Thanks again for your attention, and be sure to tune in next week, when we’ll discuss “The 5 Common Resume Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

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