Sunday, July 31, 2016

Job hunting philosophy

For the last few months, I have been helping a number of friends in their job search.  This is a common request I get, given my background.

My general advice includes the basics: making sure your written materials are up-to-date and error free, having a sense of the targeted market and work desired,  an established baseline of salary (and benefits) and having a focused timeline with contingency plans if needed.

More targeted advice includes travel radius and relocation options, flexibility in work and company type, and research on area companies.

I strongly encourage job seekers to include in their search is a partner to ask thoughtful questions and challenge assumptions.  Many friends believe that a good resume, a couple applications and interviews later, they will be good. It can take more than this - and a thoughtful approach can make all the difference.

Who should that partner be? In Michigan, our Talent Connect has great resources and in-person support.  You can find specifics here.  You can lean on friends and family as long as they are experienced and give practical advice.  Many college alumni offices have individualized support for job seekers. Lastly, you can hire a career coach to walk along side you and support you through the process.  

Here's to your success!

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