Envision your dream job and work towards it. Work out what you need to do to get there and start a strategic plan to make it happen. You can make it come true; you just have to believe in yourself and be willing to work long and hard.

2. You’re not working your plan

Conducting a job search is hard work, requiring long hours. Your job is to find a job and this can easily involve over 30+ hours a week. Schedule your job-related activities daily and in relation to how you’re most likely to find a right job. For example statistics continue to show that 75% of jobs are obtained through networking, therefore you should be spending 75% of your time networking. Do your computer work, like apply for jobs and research companies at night when your contacts are sleeping and conduct informational interviews during the day.

3. You’re not capitalizing on networking opportunities

The number one reason you’re still unemployed in 2015 is you have not learned how to network effectively. This highlights the importance of making contacts, reconnecting with fellow professionals, colleagues, friends and family. Here’s my advice for setting up a networking meeting:

The easiest way to request a networking meeting is to send an email saying something like this:

Dear ___,

I do hope this finds you doing well! I’m writing to you because I’m exploring new career options at this time, having recently left my position with XXXXX. I’d be honored if I could sit down with you for a quick meeting, at your convenience, to get your advice and insights on what you see currently going on in the job market and perhaps give me some advice on my strategy. I’m thinking of a 15-20 minute meeting – Can you please let me know what would be a good day and time for you?

Thanks so much for your time and consideration.

Best regards,

XXXXX

[Contact Info.]

  • Never tell people you’re looking for a job; tell them you’re exploring career options (less pressure on them)
  • Never use the word help, replace it with advice.  Not everyone likes to help, but everyone loves giving advice!

4. You’re not utilizing social media

It has been said that if you don’t have a robust and complete LinkedIn profile, with a photo, you are irrelevant. As recruiters come to rely on LinkedIn, this is not an option. If you have a Facebook page or Twitter, make sure it reflects nothing your mother would be ashamed of.

5. You’re trying to go it on your own

If you have been provided an outplacement program by your employer, use it. Working with a certified career coach will help immensely. There are myriad additional National and local resources for job seekers:

Be aware that the job of your dreams will not happen overnight. A successful career transition means to work steadily and patiently towards what you want to achieve making the most of every situation on the way and taking a lesson from every experience, be it positive or negative.

Tom is the founder, President and CEO of Lifocus Inc., established in 1995, and Managing Partner of OI Global Partners in Warwick, RI a local career and job coaching firm with Global resources.

Specialties include:
Career Transitions: Taking the Next Step. Certified ICCI career coaching & development.
► Exploring Career Options: What should I do? Finding work that’s worth it. Assessments
► Personal Branding & Online Identity Management: Differentiating yourself in the marketplace, leveraging social media
► Job Searching in a Competitive Market: Resumes, Cover Letters, Networking & Finding Jobs & Interviewing.
► Overcoming Barriers to Your Career Goals: Stress Reduction, Self Esteem, Anxiety, Depression.

Call today for a no-cost consultation. 401.884.7959

Thomas Wharton is President of LIFOCUS, Inc, a human resources consulting firm in Rhode Island, providing Career & Transition Coaching, Outplacement, ExecutiveCoaching, Assessments and Leadership Development. Tom can be reached at 401.884.7959 • twharton@oiglobalpartners.com. • www.lifocus.com @careercoachTW