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Between the Trapezes Shorten Your Job Search
December 2009


Welcome to Between the Trapezes! That space between two certainties can be unsettling. But taking the leap across is what brings career success. -- Joanne Meehl, aka The Job Search Queen

  • Three Ways to Shorten Your Job Search
  • Your Holiday Season Job Search
  • Landings, and Thank You for your referrals!
  • Now: Free Webinars! Also: Free Video Tips, Downloadables

  • Three Ways to Shorten Your Job Search
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    The word today is that a typical job search is 6-8 months long. Most people hear that number and are shocked. And those old-time notions of "one month of search for every $10,000 of income" no longer apply, if they ever did.

    Time flies during a job search: it gets depressing to keep turning calendar pages without having offers or interviews. You want and need something to show for it. Here are the things you can do:

    1. Set up a schedule one week to two weeks at a time being sure to plan your activity. Don't "wait" for "something to happen". Make it happen. Plan highly important things first, like networking referral meetings, then plan other things around those.

    2. Make sure your activity revolves around networking. Prioritize this. If you haven't started this, start with friends, family, neighbors, dentist, and others you already know. Ask contacts not for a job, but "who else should I be talking with?" Time spent doing this will pay off for you down the road. And don't wait for other methods to "not work" before beginning to network.

    If you're already networking, don't forget your fellow college alums, fellow group members on LinkedIn, colleagues in your professional organizations. They can lead you to others, and so on.

    During your networking activity, people are getting to know you, therefore you are upping your chances of getting that phone call with those wonderful words, "We now have an opening here, send me your updated resume so I can forward it to my manager."

    3. Be sure all your communications about you are focused, and "on message". So make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile share the same key words about your work, and that both contain details about your accomplishments. Make sure as you introduce yourself to networking contacts and recruiters and potential employers that you use those same key words AND that you point out successes. In other words, don't try to be all things to all people: Those candidates with a coherent, focused direction are the ones getting the offers.

    Putting these three things into practice will make better use of your time -- and are much more likely to yield more interviews and more offers sooner.

    Your Holiday Season Job Search
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    Just because it's the holiday season doesn't mean your job search should take a holiday!

    The most important reasons to keep your job search going during the holidays are:

    - Staying in contact with others at this time of the year is uplifting for you
    - You'll meet with less resistance at this time of year
    - Going to as many social events as possible is great for networking
    - Now is when companies discover they can do hiring, before the quarter or annual business year closes
    - The week between Christmas and New Year's Day can be quiet in many offices, so your call might actually be answered by the exact person you're trying to reach
    - You'll have a head start on your competition who are probably postponing their search for January 4th. Why wait?

    A December networking tip: Don't insist on a meeting right now. If the person is harried at this time of year, get their OK to contact them at a time and day they name, and ask if it would help to send them a reminder "via email tomorrow". Chances are they'll readily agree to that. And they'll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

    Our wishes for you are for a peaceful holiday season, with quiet time for yourself and time spent with family and friends.

    Landings, and Thank You for your referrals!

    Our congratulations to Scott S., who landed the job that several in his network told him "was made for you". Being "on message", networking and endorsements from his network are what made the difference.

    Thank you for your referrals. All our clients come to us via word of mouth, and we appreciate your endorsement of us. In specific, we'd like to thank:
    Mike B., Alan S., Terri R., Pam M., and others who have wanted to see their associates, friends, and family members land a great new position sooner.

    Does your career and/or job search need more momentum? Is your job search going nowhere fast? Why let more time go by with no salary or a too-low salary? Find out what's right AND what's wrong during a Quick Consult with the Queen. This 1 1/2 to 2-hour session gives you concrete steps to follow for getting unstuck. It also gives you practical insights into what YOU bring a new employer, knowledge about what sets you apart from the crowd of other candidates. The fee is $175 and the results are priceless!

    And if you choose to work with one of us on these steps, that fee is applicable to your search project. Joanne Meehl and Career Consultant Kelly Oslund do Quick Consults in person or over the phone/Skype. Call or email us today to schedule yours.

    Now: Free Webinars! Also: Free Video Tips, Downloadables

    Free webinars about job search from one of the leading career consulting companies in the US? Yes...Jack Chapman is a leader in the field, and his company is offering these sessions because he wants those of you in job search to know what high-quality career services are like. And naturally, he wants to create a buzz!

    Topics include salary negotiation, resumes, interviews, time management, e-networking, and others.

    Interested? Click the link at the end of this article to get to the site and to sign up. Be sure to tell him we sent you.

    Want some tips about career choice and job search from Joanne, without leaving your keyboard? Go to her home page, and scroll down to the media links. The clips -- the longest is 6 minutes -- have many tips you can use.

    Tip of the Month

    Joanne Meehl

    Thought of the Day:

    The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us.

    -- Marianne Williamson

    Tip of the Month:
    Cover Letters
    Cover letters today are usually cover emails. Although some sources say that "no one reads these any longer", over 80% of executive hiring managers say they DO read cover letters/emails. So DO use them -- they are another chance for you to match yourself to an open position. It's better to have it and get it read, or even ignored, than to not have it and make the hiring manager wonder where it is. _________________________

    We are proud members of:

    • Assn of Career Professionals Int'l
    • Career Management Alliance
    • Chapman Private Practice Alliance
    • Business Networking International

    Ever since a colleague called Joanne Meehl "The Resume Queen" years ago, and she then trademarked the title, Joanne has worked to live up to the name by constantly keeping her resumes in tune with what employers will read. Since then, she added "The Job Search Queen" (now also trademarked), and uses this title more often, because it better reflects the breadth of her services.

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    Job search networking, next meeting December 17th, Face2Face Job Search Networking, Wayzata, Minnesota. On Dec. 17th is the annual Face2Face Holiday Party! Details are at this
    Upcoming Meetings/Dates link. Face2Face Job Search Networking for Professionals in Wayzata, Minnesota, is the group that Joanne Meehl and Kelly Oslund facilitate two Thursday mornings a month.
    What will you find, if you attend? Plenty of new information about the job search in this very competitive job market, effective networking, camaraderie with 60 to 75+ of your peers, great speakers on current topics, and a chance to sharpen your focus so that you get noticed by hiring managers. We guarantee this group will add energy and power to your job search. All info is at ______________________

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