Gold medal job search

by Joe Szynkowski | Aug 18, 2016 | Workhappy Blog

The average worker stays at each of his or her jobs for a little more than four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In other words, save this piece for 2020, when the Summer Olympics kick off in Tokyo. Young workers can expect job tenures of two years. We’ll see YOU whippersnappers in a couple of years when your next job search coincides with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Happy hunting!

If you’re deep into a job search, you know that the process can feel like trying to dig a Kerri Walsh Jennings spike out of the sand or catch Michael Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly.

In other words, it sucks.

But the more work you put into your effort, the less sucky it gets. That’s because with preparation, your opportunities expand. With positive momentum, your confidence grows.

So without further ado, here are four steps to a GOLD medal job search.

G: GET SOCIAL. We all know that when it comes to social media, you’re a rock star (Your latest diatribe on the 2016 presidential election was epic!). So why aren’t you using your social skills for your job search? Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are teeming with friends aching to help advance your career. They know people. Their people know people. Tap into your network to let them know you’re on the professional prowl.

Quick tip: Instead of blasting your entire network with an “I NEED A JOB!” notification, choose a dozen of your most trusted, well-connected friends and former colleagues. Tell them about your situation and watch them go to work for you. They’ll feel more inclined and invested to do so than if they saw a message to the masses.

O: OWN IT. Confidence is a key ingredient to any job search. But if you get told “no” enough times, you’re naturally going to become rattled. Instead of wondering why you’re not getting called for an interview, use the rejection as motivation. Exhaust all avenues. Trust yourself. You have gotten to this point of your career for a reason. Remember this and hold tight to the belief that your next opportunity is right around the corner.

L: LINK UP. ‘Does LinkedIn even matter?’ ‘Isn’t LinkedIn just another Facebook?’ YES AND NOOOOO! Considering that 94 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn as a search tool, you need a killer LinkedIn presence like 10 years ago. Is your profile effectively telling and selling your story? Here’s an oldie but a goodie piece from career services expert J.T. O’Donnell on the Worst. LinkedIn. Summary. Ever.

Quick Tip: Worried about being a bother on LinkedIn? Forget about it! Feel free to contact people you haven’t spoken with in a while, especially past colleagues and managers. Even if you’re not keen on joining one of your previous companies, you never know who your connections can point you toward. LinkedIn says job changes, work anniversaries and recent meetings are all opportune times to reach out to your connections.

D: DIP, DODGE & DART: Don’t be afraid to modify the keywords and overall slant of your resume to make sure it aligns with your various job targets. Swap in and out various projects depending on what kind of experience a company is seeking. Change your resume’s headline to match a job announcement. Your resume and LinkedIn profile are like your cars. Maintain them and they’ll get you where you want to go.

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