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.

  1. Work with recruiters or hire a career coach to reduce the amount of time you will be out of work.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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