Continuing this series for today’s young job hunters, there is another recent college graduate who I have been coaching. While he wants some help, he is resistant to it at the same time.
Recently I came up with the idea of a list of “hacks.” A hack is a clever way to accomplish something difficult. It comes from the idea of “hacking” defined like this:
“Hacking might be characterized as ‘an appropriate application of ingenuity’. Whether the result is a quick-and-dirty patchwork job or a carefully crafted work of art, you have to admire the cleverness that went into it.” (From this website: http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/meaning-of-hack.html)
So in the spirit of “appropriate application of ingenuity”…
Here are the Eight Hacks for today’s savvy job hunters:
1 Create multiple alerts – There are a ton of job boards available today. Identify several job sites that seem most relevant to your search objectives. Then create automated alerts to feed you fresh job leads on a daily basis. You can create as many alerts as you like. Use various keywords such as video editor, assistant editor, film editor, etc.
2 Join a professional association – One way to advance toward your career goal is to join others in your field. Identify the professional associations related to your field and join one. Then attend the local chapter meetings and harness the benefits of membership.
3 Find a mentor – Job search can be lonely and it is not advantageous to “go it alone.” Much better to surround yourself with a cadre of advisers who care about your progress. Reconnect with a professor from your college or trade school and seek their advice on how to advance in your career.
4 Conduct informational interviews – Identify people in your field who are doing what you want to do. Contact them and ask in a friendly way for a twenty minute informational interview over a cup of coffee. Prepare a few questions that you want to ask. Always end by thanking them and asking them for a referral to someone else they think you should speak to.
5 Volunteer – Give your skills away for free. Identify or create a project that is both of interest to you and of benefit to others that you could do for free on a regular basis. Join the Alumni mentoring group at your college and offer to guide others.
6 Design your professional brand image – Decide how you want to be seen on the internet and create a branding concept that would integrate your resume, your business card, your LinkedIn profile, and other online components like youtube or your blog.
7 Keep learning – Be improving yourself on a regular basis via reading, webinars, courses, and projects.
8 Network constantly – Always be in networking mode because you never know who you may meet and who they may know.
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Thursday September 19, 2013.
Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better (forthcoming), will provide leaders with a guide to navigating through organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at email@example.com and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon