As is my annual tradition this time of year, I look at the Oscar nominees and use them as a sounding board for offering you some diverse job hunting advice. So here is my 2014 edition. I hope you enjoy it.
American Hustle: Everyday people get hustled by practiced Grifters and Conmen and Conwomen who suck them into their schemes and then take them for a costly ride.
Sadly, what I observe as a growing trend in the job search arena are supposedly well meaning experts who now use shills to inundate social media, and LinkedIn in particular, to promote themselves and hustle job seekers into buying their self-help books and webinars that have little or no value, other than offering up generic advice.
So I caution you to beware of those LinkedIn discussions that are really not discussions at all but blatant promotions aimed at hustling you into buying something you don’t need and will not benefit from. Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware.
The Lone Ranger: The Lone Ranger syndrome is IMO the most hazardous approach to a job search. Still, too many job seekers succumb to it for reasons that include ego, embarrassment, fear of reaching out, and my #1 reason they are (and often it is their spouse who is) too frugal to comprehend the difference between an unnecessary expense and an investment that yields dividends in many ways – including more job interviews and job offers and a shorter time of being unemployed!
Job seeking is not a solo enterprise. You need a team around you to offer moral support and many of you need professionals to guide, educate and coach you and deliver the tools you need to succeed.
Associate yourself with people in the know, not your next door neighbor or Aunt Carol as nice and well-meaning as they may be. Learn what you are doing wrong and what needs to be changed, modified and corrected in your tools and approach. Do this and you will have a more pleasurable experience as a job hunter and you’ll get better and quicker results.
Let It Go: Lingering on the past is unhealthy in most things in life and is especially so in job hunting for people of a certain age. The positions, responsibilities and gravitas you have held in previous jobs may not be immediately achievable to you at this moment in time, especially if you are currently out of a job. If this rings true for you it may be time for a reality check and attitude adjustment.
On a similar note, if you applied for jobs, had a phone screen and/or gone on an interview and you did not got no feedback whatsoever, or you feel the feedback you did receive is bogus or untrue, let it go. Don’t dwell on at or let it affect you in a negative way. Remain positive and move on.
The Invisible Woman: It may not be PC to say this, and I apologize to anyone who takes offense, but women have a harder time vying for the more senior level positions than men. This is why an Executive and Professional resume for a career women must be polished, focused, clearly delineate ability and related accomplishments, and most of all establish a strong and unique personal brand. You r resume must reflect that you are 10 feet tall in stocking feet and stand head and shoulders above everyone in the crowd. It can’t make you look like a pretty wallflower hidden in the garden. The same holds true for your LinkedIn page and any social media you use.
The key is get people to look at you without gender bias and just see that you are the best person for the job. This means you need to have the right tools to succeed and you have to be out front in networking, meeting, interviews, and on social media so people know your name and associate it with a winning brand.
As always I am available to critique your resume if you email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org