I will be the first to admit it is a tough job market but are you doing what you can to maximize your chances of success? Job seekers can significantly increase their “Luck” by accomplishing 100% of the following 17 job search items. These 17 items are not explained so please post a question and I will be happy to answer it.
1. Is your LinkedIn profile 100% complete with 3+ “Walk on Water” recommendations?
2. Are you linked to virtually everyone you know or knew? Do you have at least 75 connections?
3. Do you know how to crack the hidden job market using LinkedIn and your personal network?
4. Have you told and continue to tell everyone that is willing to listen to you the type of job you are looking for?
5. Does you LinkedIn profile and resume contain the key words and acronyms employers would be searching for?
6. Does your LinkedIn profile and resume have a clear focus/brand that screams this is where I fit and this is the job I am going after?
7. Have you researched your profession to determine what skills you possess which are current and in demand?
8. Do you have dates on your resume and profile which are more than 20 yrs old?
9. Are you updating your resume every 30 days and reposting to Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder, Talent Bank, etc
10. Do you have job search business cards?
11. Do you have an elevator speech?
12. Do (you) actively look for and attend networking events?
13. Are (you) involved in a non-profit or volunteering?
14. Do you have a target list of 50 companies that have the potential to hire you?
15. Do you have 15 accomplishment stories for the behavioral based interviews?
16. Is your wardrobe and hair style up to date?
17. Do you have a job search tracking sheet with consistent follow-up?
If you can answer, “Yes” to all of the above then you have positioned yourself for “Luck” in 2011
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Wes is a friend and someone I met on LinkedIn this year when I asked for help in supplying information to job seekers from people sitting opposite of them at the interviewing desk. He is Senior Career Transition Coach at Lee Hecht Harrison where he helps people in job and career transition. Wes also moderates a LinkedIn group called ‘Rapidployment for West Michigan’, an open LinkedIn group; just search for it under Groups and join. There is a wealth of information. You can connect with Wes Lake via his LinkedIn Profile.
This article is reprinted with his permission as it appeared (with some minor edits) in the group’s discussion threads earlier this year. The original is found at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/17-ways-increase-your-job-1770258.S.38870852