Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:58 am Post subject: How to Find a New Job by Losing Old Job Search Habits
A noted executive advisor explains how modernizing and improving your job search approach can help you find a new job.
Oklahoma City, OK, January 23, 2010 -- In today’s technology driven world, new software probably won’t run on a ten year old computer. By the same token, if you’re looking for a new job, it’s important to make sure your job search habits are up to speed, according to Kay Stout, Executive Advisor, with Oklahoma Professional Search.
“Most job seekers spend hours searching job boards and sending out résumés,” Stout noted. “While those methods may get some acknowledgement, the time invested often yields little more than frustration for many job hunters. And it’s those old job–search habits that need to be updated.”
Stout suggests that those looking for a new job should begin by developing a target plan that narrows their search to specific industries and companies within those fields. “Once you’ve decided where you want to work, start actively networking and making contacts within those fields. In today’s economy, some companies even offer incentives to their employees for job candidate referrals, and networking with those employees can be a win-win for you and your contact.”
“Next, post your résumé and professional profile for the opportunity to be reviewed by a company,” she continued. “Make it as easy as possible for an employer to see what you can bring to the table. And don’t forget to diversify your search by setting up a professional profile on sites such as LinkedIn. That higher profile will help you expand your network.”
Additionally, research the companies you’ve identified on your target list and consider requesting advice meetings with their HR personnel or even the contacts you have within that company, Stout said. “Don’t be shy! Research and speak to professionals who can give you insights about those companies and help you get introductions that will get you from point A to point B. And don’t stop there! Ask a company you’re targeting to place your résumé in their internal database for future consideration, since that’s where employers often look first when there’s an opening to be filled.”
“Finally,” she concluded, “be fearless and creative in your job search! Don’t rely on old job-search habits! Instead modernize and diversify your approach to land that perfect new job you’ve been looking for!”
About Oklahoma Professional Search:
Oklahoma Professional Search has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., offering human resource consultation in the areas of career transition, outplacement, and executive search. The company is a member of The State Chamber, The Employer’s ERS Council, the Oklahoma Association of Personnel Consultants, and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. For more information please visit www.oklahomaprofessionalsearch.com/
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