Monday, January 2, 2017

In a Job You Don’t Like? Actions to Take to Get a Better Job

In a Job You Don’t Like?  Actions to Take to Get a Better Job

Forget the unemployment number for a minute; up to 72% of employed people are in a job they do not like. Are you one? Whether you are misemployed (no joy), underemployed (no pay, benefits, or challenge for your skills and experience) or overemployed (all work and no life), you deserve better.

There are mistakes employed people make that leads them to believe this is all they can get. Here are the actions to take to overcome those obstacles.

Action #1 - Cheese

Even if you have read it before, read the book Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson with an eye toward which character are you with regard to looking for a new job.

Realize that the good cheese is gone where you are and you need to strap on the shoes and get moving. You may need to process the loss of a formerly great company or the people you have developed close relationships with. As they say on airlines though “put on your own oxygen mask before helping others”. You need to do what is right for you and if that is finding a better job, then you need to do it. 

You need to get the fresh cheese. Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, said “Don’t spend 5 years getting 2 years’ worth of experience”. Do not let time go by without increasing your worth to future employers.  

If you have been in a company for a while your salary has undergone “compression”. You may be only receiving the typical 3% increases while the market far outpaces that. Changing jobs can mean more money.

Action #2 – Know Your Product

There are 4 generations of job seekers in the job market today. You have to know how to set yourself apart from the others. You need to know what you have done for your previous employers that will make you desirable to the next one.

You have to know your strengths and you cannot use what everyone else is using “I’m a people person, hard worker, quick study, detailed oriented, organized, blah blah blah.” You have to know and share your actual strengths.

Make use of your time at the company to get copies of your past performance reviews; they are a wealth of information. Get a list of any and all courses you have taken through the company. Also note the name of the software that you use.  Although you believe you will never forget this information, the memory goes quicker than you think.

Action #3 – Research How the Job Market Has Changed

Unless you have been in a job search in the past few years, you may not have a clue how different it is. From the marketing materials, to the ways to find openings, the job market has changed and to be successful, you need to understand and accept those changes.

If your resume starts with an Objective (1980’s you centered) or adjectives such as “Dynamic, multi-talented professional…” (1990’s fluff) or has “References Available Upon Request” at the bottom, then I welcome you to join us in 2017. If you or a “professional” developed your resume without looking at a cross sampling of job descriptions for the single type of job you are pursuing, then your resume needs a lot of work before you get out there.

Another difference is the job search approach. Only a minority of available jobs today are posted on-line and you have a 50 times greater chance of getting a job with a connection. Therefore, you can see why only 30% of people get a job by applying on-line. You need to know all of the approaches and use them proportional to their success rate. 

Action #4 – Warm Up Your Network

Now is a perfect time to connect on LinkedIn with current and former co-workers. You do not want to wait until you need them to talk with them for the first time in years.  Renew those acquaintances, find out what is new with them, and see what you can do for them.

Action #5 – Update Your Skills

Job security today no longer comes from a job title or even doing a good job. Companies let good performers go if it makes sense to them financially. Security does not come from a company or industry. Those days are gone.

Job security today is in your control; it comes from keeping your skills up, your experience current, and your network active. Check to see what skills companies are looking for in the job you are pursuing and start to get training in those areas. You do not have to spend a lot of money for training either; there are numerous free or inexpensive options.

Action #6 – Accept that it is Actually Harder to Find a Job While Employed

Although there may not be the financial pressure that comes with being unemployed, finding a job while working is hard. Not only do you have a full time job which usually means greater than 40 hours a week, but you have a life as well. The job search can be a fulltime job into itself.

Employed seekers have to be very intentional about chipping away at the job search. It is like eating an elephant – one bit at a time.
Take these actions now to get a better job.

RightChanges has seen a shift in the client base from a majority of unemployed to a greater percentage of employed clients wanting a better life.


You do not have to navigate the job search alone. RightChanges is here to partner with you. And to accommodate the growing employed sector, RightChanges is now offering Saturday hours upon request. For more information, go to www.RightChanges.biz 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Struggling to find a job? It may not be you. It may be you are doing it the OLD way!

Struggling to find a job? It may not be you. It may be you are doing it the OLD way!


Watch the free Essentials video and see. 

Judi Adams, the affordable and successful job search coach has just released 6 videos on essential job search topics that will increase your job search success.

RightChanges Job Search Success Essentials
Free, two-part video with almost an hour of strategies and tips on how to maximize your success in landing the job you want.

Other information packed videos just released include: 

Identifying and Selling Your Competitive Advantage to Land the Job or Promotion
Identifying and Using Your Personal Brand in the Job Search
Don't Tailor Your Resume to Each Application, But...
The MOST Powerful Cover Letter
The Other Marketing Materials

The Essentials Video is free so you can gain key job search information and see what other videos you might want.
Each multiple video topic is overflowing with success changing content and available for only $11.97 each and the full set of 6 is available for only $50.  Plus 20% of all revenues goes to charity.

Click here to view these videos: RightChanges Success Videos   or goo.gl/vocPOG.  Plays well on any PC and mobile device. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"The Most Powerful Cover Letter" and now the instructional video

An interesting statistic from a poll taken of recruiting and hiring managers stated that 75% of the people who review resumes said they read cover letters ONLY if they know the cover letter has been customized for the company and the position.


At RightChanges, we have two ALWAYS statements regarding the job search and one is to ALWAYS send a cover letter.  Successful Job Search Coach Judi Adams recommends one cover format over any other. The format we recommend is the T cover letter.

What is a T Cover Letter?

The T cover letter gets its name from the imaginary T that is formed by the two columns in the middle of the single page letter. The left column is the list of requirements as outlined by the hiring company and the second column is the qualifications you have that match the requirements. With this format you are visually showing the hiring manager why you are the perfect candidate. How powerful is that?




IMPORTANT OFFER:

The remaining portion of this article gives the steps to creating the T cover letter. Some job seekers however still struggle with creating it: how to select the requirements and qualifications to include or how to use Word to format it. RightChanges has just launched an instructional 3-part video on The Most Powerful Cover Letter including a "live" demonstration using an actual job description.  See details at the end of this article.




The Format

We know the most important section of the cover letter (the T) and there are other sections of this single page letter as well.

Letterhead

The top of the cover letter should have the same format and information you have on your resume. This is your letterhead and gives a professional look to your materials. This same letterhead should be used on all job search correspondences. Consider it your own custom stationery.

Address

You should address the letter to the name of the hiring manager if it is provided. You may be able to get this name through networking. If you absolutely do not know the person’s name, do not address the letter to Dear Sir. I am a female hiring manager and that won no points with me. I like "Dear Hiring Authority" when the name is not known.

 Opening Paragraph

The opening paragraph should mention the position you are applying for, include the position number if one was listed, and how you heard about the position. If you did it correctly, you networked into the position and can mention the person’s name who told you about the position or to contact that person.

Brag Phrase

Brag phrase is our name for the section that appears before the T . This phrase (one sentence) should affirm that your experience and abilities seem to be a great match for the position and serve as a transition to the T portion of the letter.

The T

The T consists of two columns with the respective titles of Your Requirements and My Qualifications or something equivalent.

Each requirement should be a separate row. The bulleted items in the right column should line up to the point it corresponds to in the left column.  If you have more qualifications for a particular requirement, it is fine to have white space on the left before the next bullet. An important reminder is to keep the text as concise as possible.

We are often asked what about how to handle requirements where you do not have the matching qualifications. The answer is not to list those. The hiring manager’s list is like a kid’s Santa list during the Christmas holiday. No child believes they are going to receive everything on the list, it is the items they would like to have.  Hiring managers list all of the skills and experience they would like to have. Even some requirements listed as mandatory will be overlooked when they find a great candidate.

Closing

The deal isn’t a deal until it is closed. Consider using a statement regarding how you look forward to hearing from them to discuss their needs and your experience in further detail..

Tip
  • To get your cover letter in front of the hiring manager and read, add the letter to the front of the resume in the same file. Do not have a separate file for the resume. Many hiring managers will believe a separate cover letter is the same old blah blah blah cover letter and not even open it. Plus having the cover letter as the first page of the resume will allow electronic resume scanners to find the keywords of the requirements.

Walk the hiring manager through why you are the perfect candidate by using the most powerful cover letter format: the one page T cover letter.

The Most Powerful Cover Letter instructional video:

RightChanges has just launched a series of On Demand videos on key topics of the job search. These videos can be found at RightChanges Job Search Success Videos.