Job Searching in 2009
When you’re competing with thousands, get a job with these guerrilla tactics
Let go of all assumptions about how job searches worked in the past — or even last year. The rules have changed. It’s a new game, so pull out your playbook and build an offense that works NOW.
- Work with recruiters or hire a career coach to reduce the amount of time you will be out of work.
- Document all your job search activity in a career journal so you can be honest with yourself about how much effort you are really putting into finding work.
- List consulting in your field, with your name as the company name, as your current job on both your LinkedIn profile and your resume — and tell everyone you know that you will consult for a fee or pro bono if necessary. It shows that you are driven and will do whatever it takes to get work.
- Use your resume to communicate both your quantitative and qualitative accomplishments. To land you an interview, your resume — a representation of who you are — must be GREAT and filled with your value proposition.
- Fill gaps in your resume with education or expertise — and if you are light on both, use persistence and cold calls as your main tool to get noticed.
- Get more hits on your resume by posting it for both permanent and contract employment. Most of my clients are getting full-time consultant and contract work because companies don’t want to hire permanent employees — it’s too much of a risk in today’s economy.