3 Things You Need to Know About the Job Search

 

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#1

The BEST way to answer the question, “Why are you job hunting?” is with a variation of the following strategy:

Great Experience at my Current Employer

BUT

I’ve Hit a Wall in Terms of Growth and Development

AND NOW

I want to take my Development and Career to the Next Level (and you guys are the best way to achieve this)

#2

A great way to set up interviews when you’re in a FT job is to simply be OPEN AND UPFRONT with recruiters and hiring managers instead of pretending you’re completely available and then scrambling frantically when one is set up for you!

Tell them that you’ll need a little flexibility to work around your current work schedule, and (if they’re reputable) they’ll be happy to adjust. People often interview after 5 pm.

#3

Many companies push new hires to sign a Non-Compete Agreement (NCA). It’s a major hassle in terms of your not being able to work in your field and earn income within your targeted industry in the event that things don’t work out.

So if signing a NCA costs you money and provides a major benefit to the company, it’s only fair that it cost the company something too, right? Negotiate for a GUARANTEED SEVERANCE PACKAGE for the term of the NCA to tide you over during a transition. Make them seriously consider the merits of having you sign one.

3 Things You Must Know About Landing A Better Job

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TIP #1

A great job should NEVER be about just a big paycheck. True career fulfillment also needs:

1) REAL challenges. You can’t spend 40-50 hours a week doing mind-numbing tasks and think you’re setting yourself up for something better. You’re not.

2) MENTORSHIP. 90% of the executives I coach list “loss of a mentor” as the primary reason for seeking a new role. You need DIRECTION and GUIDANCE to get to that next level!

3) WORK-LIFE BALANCE. Not optional, required.

4) A LEADERSHIP TEAM THAT SHARES YOUR VALUES. Are you being heard?

TIP #2

Did you know: Studies show that a candidate who is REFERRED by a current employee is 40% MORE LIKELY TO BE HIRED!

This is why TAPPING YOUR NETWORK, EXPANDING YOUR NETWORK, and SETTING UP AT LEAST 3 INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS PER WEEK with key industry players will get you further, faster, than answering job postings.

TIP #3

NEVER accept a job offer before asking this question:

“What criteria will be used to judge my performance in this role? What does success look like during the first 30, 60, and 90 days?”

You need to understand PRECISELY what an employer’s expecting you to deliver!

Pros and Cons of Working with an INTERNAL RECRUITER

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In my work with jobseekers, I often encounter a lack of basic understanding about recruiters. This can really hurt you when pursuing new career opportunities.

Here’s some information to quickly get you up-to-speed:

* Internal recruiters, also known as “corporate” recruiters, work within an organization. They usually get paid by the employer who has the available job.

* External recruiters, also known as “independent” recruiters, do not receive a paycheck from the employer who has the open job. They work for someone else, either a recruiting firm or agency, or simply for themselves.

Let’s go over the advantages (and possible disadvantages) of working with an INTERNAL RECRUITER:

PROS

Insider perspective. They know how a company REALLY works and usually have deep relationships within the organization (including hiring managers).

Getting introduced to the hiring manager by an internal recruiter is usually a signal that they’re SERIOUSLY INTERESTED In you for the job.

-They can get you on the “inside track” if convinced you’re the best person for the position.

-Sometimes they will even coach you in navigating the various personality types and hiring procedures within the company.

CONS

Their allegiance is ultimately to the employer, and that can cause problems if you get caught in a clash between 2 key decision-makers, etc.

You always need to watch yourself with an internal recruiter (because they’re always watching you). You can’t confide vulnerabilities and offer “straight talk” on concerns as you might do with an external recruiter.

They will not hesitate to block you as a candidate if you try to go around them to the hiring manager.

KEY TAKEAWAY: You must ALWAYS present your strongest, most polished self when dealing with internal recruiters. They’re not “on your side” during the hiring process. Don’t ask for special favors, and don’t assume they have control over interview scheduling, salaries, etc.

I’ll give you the low-down on EXTERNAL RECRUITERS next week!

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