Sunday, January 3, 2010

Job Seeker - Critical Success Factors

My Job Is Gone - Now What?

Many jobs that disappeared will never come back. Either they have gone off-shore, been replaced by technology, or it was determined they did not provide the value to keep them. This doesn’t mean that the person in the job was not valuable, but that the position did not provide the necessary value.

If your job was out sourced overseas or replaced by technology; you must be looking at how you can transition your skill set to another career. You may find a similar position, but chances are that, at the new company, the position will eventually be replaced and in the meantime the pay is most likely not at your previous level.

You Must Constantly Be Updating Your Skills

We all must be continually updating our skill sets. If you are not moving forward, there is no standing still; just falling further and further behind. The ball is truly in your court and you must make the most of it. You can ONLY do this by building your skills.

Critical Success Factors

The Critical Success Factors that a job seeker must possess include:

1. A personal network that can be tapped for information and help.
2. An appearance and wardrobe that are appropriate for the opportunity. If you are not sure what is appropriate, contact someone that works there or camp out in the parking lot and observe the people coming and going.
3. A specific goal. If you present as a “jack or jill of all trades” that will be the type of job and pay level that you receive.
4. A value proposition. What makes you different and sets you apart? Why should the hiring manager; hire you?
5. A resume that tells the job seeker’s story.
6. Interviewing skills.

For more networking tips and ideas read the other posts and visit UPPROACH.

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