- Can't stand your current job, but feel stuck?
- Are you overwhelmed with job-search buzz words?
- Learn the top 25 activities of succesful job seekers!
Most people wouldn't hesitate to hire a personal traininer to learn fitness routines or join a weight loss group for skills and support. However, many people are baffled about what a career coach does and are struggling to job search in 2011! Of note: if you haven't looked for a job in the last year, you will be shocked at how much it has changed. What worked for you in the mid-2000's may not be enough to get noticed today. In particular, strategy and technology have completely changed.
Below is a list of the top 25 services and/or topics which clients request.' You can also consider this as a simple skill list and/or rough outline of what every job seeker needs to do. This is a skeletal list. Similarly to how the frame on a house is not a house, it simply creates the foundation. The list below is the foundation for a modern job search, but each term requires a level of knowledge, self awareness and skill. The good news is that even an average job-seeker can break ahead of the pack and become a great job seeker with the right education and career coaching.
To do the quiz below, consider the following questions: do I know what the term means? can I execute the skills required? How confident am I about my ability to perform the skill compared to the competition?
Rate yourself from 1-5
1 What does this mean? 2 Vaguely Familiar 3 Can Define it, 4 Can do this task well, 5 Excellent Skills
- Leads List
- Cold Calls
- Intercultural Compency and International IQ
- Social Media Job-Search
- Networking (live and online)
- Job-task analysis
- Global Executives
- Behavioral Interviews
- SWOT Analysis
- Career Fit
- Career Risk
- Verbal Business Card
- Industry & Job Function (in a career context)
- Professional Reputation
- Career Values, Vision and Competencies
- Personal Branding
- Positioning Statement
- Career Action Plan
- Interview Performance,
- Mock Interviews & Informational Interviews
- Professional Papertools: Cover Letters, Reference Sheets, Resumes
- Salary Negotiations
- Career Fair Evaluation Scale
- Retained vs Contingency Recruiters
- Career Transition Plan
If you rated your self 4 or higher on 15 of the items - you are have some solid skills. However, you also have many gaps in your job search knowledge. About half the time, your competition may win out and score the interview which should rightly be yours. Short-term coaching can help. Let a potential coach know exactly what your weak spots are.
If you scored lower than this on the majority of key skills, I'd recommend you make use of a coach. Additionally, seek out and attend career workshops, job-clubs, read about the new subject areas, role-play scenarios with people who are more experienced in job search. You will frequently lose out on positions, which you are actually qualified for - due to weaker job-search skills. You may not know how to dig up the best job leads, which are often "hidden from the general public."
If you are like most job seekers, you've never had formal education in any aspect of job search. You have just struggled through it. So, don't feel discouraged if many of the key-terms are foreign to you and/or you are not sure how they relate to job search. I'd encourage you to explore the terms, and speak to a career coach. For many coaches, the initial consult is complementary.
Keep me posted about your job-search progress and your success stories!
Author: © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Sharon B. Cohen, MA,CPRP, NCDA. Virtual Career Counselor and Career Transition Specialist.
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