As a career coach, I have had many experiences now to support clients to find work. The most important thing to note is that you should never give up and always take advice on board.
During my career I have worked with many people some who have been job hunting for over a year with no success.
My stand out story – Why you should never give up
A friend was barely making ends meet by substitute teaching and cleaning business buildings for a friend. I met her almost exactly a year ago at a networking event for individuals who were looking for work. I still remember the look of sheer panic and fear in her eyes. She had been told that she might meet someone who could help her find a job at this event. That was a mischaracterization of the event, and she was well and truly lost, not to mention completely overwhelmed.
Importance of embracing technology
Someone in attendance at the meeting asked her if she had a LinkedIn profile. She had never even heard of LinkedIn. She needed someone who could help her figure out what she needed to do to find her next job and to show her the importance of embracing technology in your job search. As it turns out, I needed some real world experience helping someone job search since I had just more or less hung out my shingle as a Career Transition and Job Search Coach in addition to being a Life Strategies and Stress Management Coach.
Over the course of this past year, we have met countless times. I helped her revamp her resume. I built her LinkedIn profile for her from scratch...and it is beautiful if I say so myself. She created a strategy for where she wanted to work, and she went to every event and completed every single task I suggested for her. She did everything right. And time after time, she got close...and then nothing. I have offered the moral support that I could...and together we have waited patiently. I have fretted and worried and so has she but most importantly she has never given up in her job search.
Neither of us ever gave up hope. Neither of us ever said..."Okay, that's it. We're done. No more job hunting." This is just too much rejection for one person. No. We have kept the faith and she kept plugging away.
Today, she was offered a position. It is fitting somehow that it has taken almost exactly a year (although I would have preferred that it hadn't and I am sure she feels the same way).
She has told me that she wouldn't have gotten this far without me. I know it is true that I helped her with her resume and LinkedIn profile. It is probably true that she got the first look from the recruiter who contacted her because of her profile on LinkedIn, as this is incredibly powerful tool in the modern job hunt.
3 key tips when searching for your next job:
1. Have a social resume
LinkedIn is a very powerful tool where you can develop a profile to show the whole of your professional experience and receive recommendations from previous colleagues. All of these factors can support you and your job search. It is also very important to notice that your social resume is not just LinkedIn, your Facebook, twitter and all other social media accounts should be presented in a professional manner.
2. Easier to research and find opportunities
When using the recourses online there are many job agencies and websites with new opportunities. With this being said when you have been invited to interview due to the amount of information available online it is easier than ever to research the company and get the edge over the competition.
3. Maintain connections
Social Networks and the Internet are key places to maintain connections with previous colleagues and friends, by keeping in touch you will always have more contacts in the industry you are searching for a job in.
Remember - patience pays off
What I know for sure, however, is that the "magic" that finally worked for her was her determination, her perseverance and her patience. She didn't give up. I have previously written about how job search requires one to have patience and perseverance. I knew it was true then. I have the evidence of my good friend to offer as proof positive now. The wait has paid off for her.
If you are in the midst of your own job search, it will pay off for you...but you cannot give up, even when you feel like it.
Winston Churchill said it best. “Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Stay the course. And never, never, never, never give up your job search.
I would like to read your comments and opinions on your experince when looking for a job. Also how you believe coaching has helped you.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments!