The New Year of 2011 was welcomed with open arms. Around the world, we saw fireworks explode above Sydney Harbour, watched the Eiffel Tower sparkle like a Christmas Tree, and were entertained by a dropping ball in Times Square (sponsored by Toshiba, in case you didn’t notice). 2010 was put to rest without winning the Best Year Ever award. Nor was 2010 the runner-up. I don’t think there was even a consolation prize! 2010, R.I.P.
It is true that a high unemployment rate has continued to negatively impact thousands of professionals including ourselves, our family members, and our friends. However, I have good news: the big event is almost here! Near the start of each year, the flood gates of job postings open. This fabulous event takes place in late January and includes every industry, almost every job function, and virtually every bracket of compensation. I have taken the liberty to coin a title for this grand event: JOBAPALOOZA!
Organizations freeze the publication of many new job postings late in the year primarily due to corporate budgetary constraints. All of these about-to-be-released job postings create the framework of JOBAPALOOZA. With this exciting event comes responsibility: each and every professional conducting a job search must be completely prepared to answer the call! Included on everyone’s Job Search Effectiveness Preparation List should be:
- A weekly schedule with specific times blocked for conducting online job searches, networking, and follow-up;
- Fresh, updated resumes that are customized to specific job titles and industries;
- A completed LinkedIn profile that is professional, interesting, and inviting;
- Positive energy and enthusiasm, knowing that a new job is just around the corner;
- Ability to immediately respond to any employer extending the opportunity to interview;
- Readiness to make a high-impact, positive first impression that sticks!
That, my friends, is a start (there’s much more to it, of course). JOBAPALOOZA is going to be incredible, with MANY professionals landing that new job. This window of opportunity will last only a few short weeks, and the biggest difference between those who WILL get the job and those who WON’T will be LEVEL OF PREPARATION. So what are you going to do? Act like a Boy Scout and BE PREPARED!
To Your Success,
Categories: Personal Effectiveness, PersonalSuccessNetwork
Business, Career, Employment, Interview, Job Search, Job Title, LinkedIn, Networking, Professional, Profile