How to Find a Job in 7 Days

22 01 2015

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Let’s face it – life happens. Sometimes, we need to find a job FAST so we can keep the heat on during these cold winters. This week’s post highlights a few ways you can kick-start the job search and potentially land a job by the end of the week. NOTE: It’s a lot of hard work, but you knew that already, didn’t you? 

If you need to find a job quickly, you should ideally consider positions that need to be filled fast. Getting a job within a short period is possible when you have the right attitude. In order for you to get a job in 7 days, you need to begin by letting people know that you are looking for a job.

Tell your story. Give explanations regarding what kind of job you are looking for along with your qualifications. Create a marketable description of yourself that will quickly sell you. You can modify this description in accordance with the position you are targeting. This will also prepare you for questions and the answers that you need to give.

Make your list. The next step is to identify the companies that you want to work for. Create a list of possible employers. This should include a few that have not posted vacancies. Find job postings through various resources such as websites.

Do your homework. After establishing who you want to work for, you need to find out more about the companies. This will require you to carry out research into their backgrounds, the services or products they provide and the type of people they hire. Get in touch with people who are in your network of contacts.

Work your network. Focus on people who have links to the employers that you are interested in. If you are looking for a full time job, your contacts will be able to provide you with leads. Your contacts can also help you find out if you need to provide any additional information in your resume on how to improve your chances of getting employment. Let your career based contacts know that you are available.

Reach out and connect. Get in touch with prospective employers and use the professional description you created to sell yourself. You will usually receive a very short amount of time to express yourself. Every second counts and you need to be well prepared for the opportunity. Speak with enthusiasm and deliver your brief presentation confidently.

Tailor and apply. You also need to send out applications for various jobs and structure your resumes to fit the needs of different employers. Find out how to create an effective resume through a site like ValidateJOB. Create different resumes that you will customize for each application.

Spread the love. Apply generously. Even if the job is a bit of a stretch, consider applying. Those outside your comfort zone could potentially help you grow even more as a professional. With your positive approach and eagerness to learn, you may not only get the desired job but also discover the best of you. If there is a company you are interested in but no vacancy has been advertised, you can make a bold step by sending an introductory letter. It should be brief and to the point while expressing your interest in working for the company.

Follow up. As the week draws to a close, get in touch with every company that you sent a job application to.  Always have your phone close to you when you are looking for a job so that you do not miss out on any opportunity. You never know when it might ring!

Any other tips? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment below!

****For this post, Campus to Career thanks Jenny Richards!!****





Winged Migration: What a Flock of Geese Can Teach Us About Leadership

13 01 2015

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As I was out for a run recently, I observed a flock of geese landing in a nearby field. I watched as they touched down in what seemed like a carefully choreographed dance, their wings spread wide, feet lowered as they signaled to each other with joyful honks. Nature is all around us – beautiful and full of lessons. You see, we’re not so different from that flock of geese as we embark on our journey of leadership development.

We all have leadership potential. The animal kingdom doesn’t elect leaders. Respect is earned. In my opinion, leaders are born, but there is no such thing as a born leader. Leaders emerge through their own hard work and dedication. Ever notice the V-formation birds, especially geese, fly in? The leader at the point rotates over the course of the journey. Every goose pulls their weight.

***What are you doing to earn the respect of your peers and co-workers? Are you pulling your weight as a leader or are you expecting everyone else to do the work?***

This article was originally posted to LinkedIn – read the rest of the story here