A great way to have job opportunities to come to you is to use a little-known feature on Google. You can use this feature to have Google notify you about new jobs in your field as they come on the market. Watch the video clip below and it will tell you step-by-step how to set this up for yourself.
Warning: Don’t get confused. Even though the example given here is for a Legal Secretary in the UK, it will work just as well if you are looking to get notified about any type of job opportunity — whether it’s for a Marketing Manager or a Senior HR Vice President job.
Many years ago I listened to an audio program by Brian Tracy where he said that everyone is essentially self-employed and that even if you’re an employee, you should think of yourself as the President of your own personal services corporation. Call it Your Name, Inc.
This mindset makes a lot of sense. Even if you seemingly work for someone else, you still work primarily for yourself. You have your own company with one employee — you — and you’re in the business of selling your employee’s labor for profit.
I’m sometimes accused of writing too much from the entrepreneurial perspective when I cover career development, seemingly ignorant of the fact that most people are employees. I intentionally favor this perspective because I know that you can be nothing but self-employed, regardless of how you generate income. It’s not because I’m trying to push you to start your own business. The more important issue is to help you avoid the mistake of giving away your responsibility for your personal career results.
A long time ago in a workplace very far far away, our careers were something that happened to us on the road to retirement. Very few of us actually managed our careers, rather we waited for our bosses and managers to notice our work and then hopefully we would get promoted onto better and greater things.
Those days are long gone now. YOU are in charge of your career, not your boss. People no longer typically advance in a straight line up through management in one company. The truth is – you will more likely take a lateral move into a new project team or into a new area of your company, without being promoted. Some of us will instead move up by joining a new company.
Given this, the questions that you need to focus on becomes:
Go after small organisations with twenty or fewer employees, since they create two-thirds of all new jobs. – For some great tips on how to get a job at a small company check this post by marketing superstar Seth Godin.
Hunt for interviews using the aid of, say eighty friends and acquaintances, because a job-hunt requires eighty pairs of eyes and ears – Today social networks like LinkedIn allows you to exponentially increase the amount of “friends” who can help you hunt for a interview.
Do thorough homework on an organization before going there. – Fact of life , employees ALWAYS you what you know about their company. I cant even begin to relate the amount of times that super candidates have killed their chances of being hired, because they could not answer this question when we asked. Do the homework, search Google learn about the company you are hiring at. You will be asked.
At any organisation, identify who has the power to hire you there, for the position you want, and use your mutual friends and acquaintances’ contacts to get an introduction to that person. – Again LinkedIn and other social networks make it easier to find out how you are connected to whoever has the power to make the hiring decision. If you know the position and department that you are interviewing for , you can then call the company and ask who the person is.
Ask for just twenty minutes of their time, when asking for the appointment; and keep to your word rigidly.
Go to the interview with your own agenda, your own questions and curiosities about whether or not this job fits you. This always impresses employers. – When you ask “intelligent” questions about the company and the position, you immediately differentiate yourself from the other candidates. Also , by asking and engaging you are able to build rapport with the interviewers.
Talk about yourself only if what you say offers some benefit to that organisation, and their “problems” – When the interviewer asks “tell me about yourself. Don’t go on a tangent talking about your whole life. Ask them to elaborate. Respond by saying “What part of my career do you want me to tell you about?”. The interviewer is interested in how you and your experience can help them solve their company’s problems.
When answering a question of theirs, talk only between twenty seconds and two minutes, at any one time. – Talking too long is not a sign that the interview is going well. It is a sign of nervousness- and the longer you take to answer the question, the greater your chance of saying something that could cost the job.
Approach the company as if you were a resource person, able to produce better work for that organisation than any predecessor. Don’t go in with a beggar mentality. – Companies hire for two reasons only. They hire someone to make money for them, and to help them save money. Think about how you can offer those things. Then demonstrate that in the interview.
Always write a thank you note the same evening of the interview, and mail it at the latest by the next morning. -It might seem like common sense, but very few candidates actually do this. Yet doing this can help elevate you above the other candidates or even save you , in a case where your interview did not go too well. It also helps to remind the interviewer who you were.
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