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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Staying constantly motivated and being able to handle rejection easily are the cornerstones of success with any kind of job-search. This is more so, for the mature worker seeking post-retirement employment, wanting to re-enter the workforce after a gap, or simply choosing to change their field of work.

Nothing puts your self-esteem more in jeopardy than a job search. Any job search can lead to self-doubt on a regular, daily basis. And this is especially true of job search at an older age, when you might doubt your own capabilities, your new market knowledge and may have to compete with younger fresher candidates. On the other hand, hiring managers, while they may value experience, are looking for cheerful and positive people. As a result, being visibly motivated is doubly important. If you are not motivated, the lack of motivation may be visible, and this self-doubt can lose you a good job opportunity.

Some things that you can do to help you maintain a positive attitude are:

• Spruce up your resume. Get help if necessary to polish and create a truly impressive, interesting resume. Rather than chronological, try a thematic approach; group type of work and responsibilities together rather than giving a simple date-wise list of employers. Once your resume sparkles, you will have much more self-confidence and find that you actually look forward to the job search.

• Remember to schedule “downtime.” Even when you are making 30 calls a day, sending any number of resumes, and checking every possible online jobsite, set some time apart, to do the things you enjoy. Go see a movie, take a trip with your spouse, or go out with friends. This will rejuvenate you for another day in the trenches.

• Make a ‘to-do’ list. Most people tend to work better with a set of specific guidelines. Writing down a list of the tasks you want to accomplish, not only helps you to organize your day, but also can be a morale lifter. Crossing the accomplished items off the list can give you a small morale boost each time.

• Tackle the fear. Most lack of motivation or procrastination comes from fear of rejection. Ask yourself what is the worst that could happen? On a call, for example, the worst is that they might hang up on you. A few hang ups, or “no thanks” are a small price to pay for the leads you can generate by regular networking and follow up.

• Post a picture of your children, your dream home, the yacht you want to buy, right next to your computer, reminding you everyday, why you want to work.
Alternatively, put some kind of an action figure symbolizing the county sheriff who wants to auction off your house if the bank forecloses.

• Remember that networking is a numbers game. Every single phone call or enquiry is not going to give you a lead on a job. Keep making those calls. Get out your Rolodex and make as many as six calls an hour, five hours a day. At the end of each all, ask them for references of people you should be talking to. This will generate more leads and increase the size of your network.

Anna D. Banks, a passionate advocate for baby boomers in exploring their priorities, planning and setting goals for the next stage of their lives. Assisting her clients to attract and build a professional and personal life consistent with their values is not just a goal of Anna’s, it’s her passion. Her diverse work experience in business, education and financial services enables her to help the diverse population of baby-boomers with their life, career, and personal finance coaching needs. Anna is currently Adjunct Faculty at Essex County College, where she teaches Career Development & Management.

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Hire Me …..Please!!!

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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

I have had several people send me this video – so I guess I need to pass it along. It may make you angry but frankly, I found it to be funny, as well as extremely well done.

It’s been several years that many career and workplace gurus have been hammering the message that the workplace is changing. And everyday, I run into people who are alarmed that things are not the way they used to be at “their company”.

On the April 3, 2008 edition of Radio Career Coach Dan Miller interviewed a caller who was distraught that he was losing his job after 27 years with the same company. But then again, it was not the “same company.” There were multiple mergers and acquisitions along the way. All his old bosses and co-workers were gone, yet he was angry that they were now pushing him out the door. It should not have come as a surprise – especially since his compensation had crept up over the years to $268,000. Now, this didn’t mean he was dead in the water. It just meant he better be aware of the new opportunities for “free agents.” And then rock and roll.

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Tapping the Hidden Job Market

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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

The Hidden job market includes all those jobs that aren’t publicly advertised. There are many brilliant career opportunities that come under this hidden job market category. However, today, along with most of the conventionally advertised jobs in the market that are moving onto online advertising, even the hidden job market has begun to go online. However, a major portion still remains hidden.

Why Tap into the Hidden Job Market?

• If you happen to be looking for a vacancy in an emerging industry or technology where the objectives and requirements are still to be clearly defined, perhaps the hidden job market is the best place for you to tap into in order to get that position that stands up to your qualifications. In this way, if you also have an exceptional set skills, which don’t really fit in with any of the common, traditional types of jobs, then you will have the opportunity to get that position that matches with your skills and qualifications by tapping into the hidden job market.

• If you are searching for an opening or a position where there are only a handful of openings, or an overabundance of qualified as well as overqualified candidates, then it is wise to refer to the hidden job market where there are fewer candidates and more job openings. This would include senior executives and managers as well as other technical and professional fields that have limited openings.

Effective Hidden Job Market Strategies

If you happen to be an outgoing person and are fine with mingling with people, then networking is the right way to go. Networking and targeted networking are two excellent methods to help tap into the hidden job market. Apart from traditional job-searching strategies and online hunts, quantitative marketing is another good way to tap into this hidden market.

• Traditional Networking – This strategy would involve creating a list of all your professional and personal contacts. You inform all of these people that you are looking out for a job and you would like their help in pointing you in the right direction, or if they know of others who could help you. Typically, you can start by sending them e-mail or a letter and explaining your situation. Then, you can follow-up meeting or a personal call. Networking can be the most effective strategy if you already have cultivated a whole network of career-related contacts. If you happen to be a member of a professional organization that concerns your field, then this is the best place to start off with networking. If you aren’t a member, then now is the best time to become a member. Always be tactful while networking and don’t expect help instantly. Another good way to network is to go online.

• Targeted Networking – Another hidden job market strategy is targeted networking, which helps replace or enhance the outdated Informational Interviewing or Referral Interviewing strategies. It is a straightforward strategy that helps contact major decision makers in targeted organizations and industries. Yes, it is quite difficult, but it is possible. The purpose behind this form of networking is to contact certain companies of interest and the major decision makers in the desired department. The aim is to represent a candidate for any impending openings, current openings, or to get a referral to other decision makers within the company or at other organizations.

© 2007 Anna D. Banks, GCDF
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