Do you think that you will ever need to find a new job?

Do you think that you will ever need to find a new job?

Do you know how to do it?

Are you doing the right things now
to make finding that job easier when the time comes?

Job search frustrations https://biosciencejobkit.com/recruiter-or-applying-online/

It can take up to 50 hours/week for 4-6 weeks to find a new job.  Of course, it will take longer if you are still working and can only spend 20 hrs/week.  And even longer if you have not kept up with your career network.

Your first task as a job seeker is maintaining your visibility online (LinkedIn, etc.) using the right words in the right sentences to fit the searches of recruiters AND to add depth and complexity when the hiring manager looks you up.

Then you need to be sure that you are known by the right people in the right companies. This is the most important part, but which companies are the right ones?  You have to know what would make a company right for you: size, location, culture, what they are working on, etc.  You won’t be able to find all of this online. 

You need someone inside the company who can tell you.  Do you already have this person in your career network?  Take them out to coffee!  Don’t hand them a resume – this is not a job interview!  Ask easy questions, opinions, feelings, etc.  Imagine yourself working in that environment. 

If this company seems to fit, get introduced to someone in the department you want to work in or check your career network for a potential colleague, not the boss.  Find out what problems the team is working on and how they talk about them.  Take notes.  Do NOT ask for a job – no begging.

Ensure that you will be remembered before they hire someone else, liked and trusted to be able to solve their problem(s).  This is all in the follow-up.

Now you can write a resume and will be interviewed. 

These are not difficult tasks.  But you need to do them.  The networking piece can be done well before you need a job.  Just keep in touch with the people in the companies you have decided would be good for you. 

Need more help?  Email me at connie@biosciencejobkit.com

Do you know how many kinds of interviews there are?

This Friday Judson and I discussed kinds of interviews.  The first of 2 parts, this one covered prep, types of interviews (8!), confidence and questions you should ask them!  The next will cover negotiation and follow-up. This podcast is 30 minutes long.

Interviewing is not an exam or a dissertation presentation.  It is a conversation to see if you have the skills (and desire) to solve this company’s problem.  They don’t hire if they don’t have a problem.  You need to know ahead of time what that problem is.

How do you prep for your interviews?

Job search is scary and depressing and you need to get over it

How to Fail at Job Search

Do you fail at job search?

When you fail at job search can be depressing.  Waiting for the Fairy Job Mother doesn’t work and sending your resume to 200 jobs online is a recipe for clinical depression!

Join Judson Walsh, of Lee Hecht Harrison and I, Connie Hampton, for a 30 minute podcast on how to take control of your job search and not be dependent on the uncontrolled or uncontrollable parts of your job search. 

Most jobs (50-75% of them) never make it to the internet or to a recruiter.  

The chances of making it through the online application process are about 2 in 100.  And recruiters don’t know every job out there or what it is you really want.

So what is a job seeker to do?

  1. Know what you want and what companies are most likely to employ people to do that.
  2. Be known to the people in the departments you want to work in and the hiring managers.
  3. Be Top of Mind (otherwise known as a regular program of follow up!)
  4. Be Liked and Trusted to solve their problem.

Do your homework!  Outsourcing your job search to anyone else will slow down the process, cost you more in time and money and not guarantee a thing!!

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Which is better? A recruiter or applying online?

Which is better?  

“Using” a bioscience recruiter or applying to the bioscience job online?

some of the many job boards, not all have bioscience jobs

The recipe for clinical depression in the bioscience world

I was asked this by a bioscience job seeker who had just spent a considerable amount of time “updating” his CV, but did not know which companies he should be applying to.

Read this blog and you will find that I teach something completely different:

Job boards and “career pages” fill 20% of the jobs out there, but your personal chances of getting even a phone screen are down around 2%. That is a recipe for clinical depression!

Recruiters work for the companies, so if they don’t have the job you are qualified for, they don’t have a job for you and trying to get our attention will really only irritate us and, therefore, you.

 

targeted networking

Recruiters are not Talent Agents.  We don’t pick a player and shop him around to the various teams working to get him the best deal, like a “hot” athlete.  (Or if we were to consider it, you had better be cash on the hoof – better than everyone else out there and within commute distance of the company paying for the search.)

I’m sorry that this is the harsh reality.

75% or more of all jobs, high or lowly, are filled, not by what you know, not even by who you know, but by who knows you.

Here is a short podcast about this.

For more actionable steps to design your targeted networking strategy, Book a Call Here!

Will you meet your next boss at a holiday party?

holiday networking

A Snowy Day

 

The season of holiday parties has begun. Will you meet your next boss at your partner’s company’s holiday party? At your neighbor’s cookie exchange? What are the chances?

You have to be there anyway, so why not lay the groundwork for a new career networking buddy?

But what does that actually mean? You don’t want to seem desperate and needy. Nor do you want to be a “used car salesman” – aggressive and pushy. So what do you do?

Targeted Networking at Holiday Parties

Because you are smart and know what you want to do next AND you know which companies meet your criteria, you can ask people if they know anyone at X or Y or Z companies. Are they at the party? Could the person you are talking with introduce you?

But be aware that if they do you that favor, you have to return it! Whom do they want to be introduced to? What do you know that they want to know?

NO elevator speeches

NO elevator speeches – you don’t want to listen to them, what makes you think anyone else wants to listen to yours? Be interested in what the other person has to say, what they think about, what they do. Build a connection that you can come back to – don’t burn bridges!!

What parties are on your schedule?

If you want to talk more about your job search, set up a time to talk here.

Ways of Using LinkedIn in your Job Search

LinkedIn in your job search

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LinkedIn is a really important tool for your job search.

Of course you have completely filled out your profile on LinkedIn, yes?  And not simply posted a generic resume.  Instead, you have written about the skills you enjoy using and what you have done with them.  You have filled it out as completely as possible and also posted a good picture of you, smiling.

While you are on your profile site, click on the “number of people who have viewed your profile in the last 3 days” button on the right hand side. Do this daily.

These are your first and second degree connections by name and anonymous if more distantly connected.  You can connect with your second degree viewers in many ways – directly, through a first degree connection (check on the viewers profile), through a group you both belong to (you do belong to appropriate groups, yes?), or through the use of Inmail.

Thank them for looking at your profile.

Ask them what you can do for them today.  Interact! Network!  It doesn’t take much time at all!

You need at least 400 people in your LinkedIn Connections to really make this work for you. Most need to be people in your niche, not recruiters, or even your college roommates if they are not in your industry.

“Business friends” are the ones you will work for, find jobs for and who will find jobs for you.  Who are yours?  Do you have a list on your computer?  Do you contact them regularly, even when you are NOT looking for a job?

LinkedIn in your job search is not the only tool.

Your email and social media are important as well.  The phone is too.  Do you know how to use them, long before you write a resume?

Need some help figuring out who they should be or how to keep in contact with them?  Book a coaching call here.  ($125/30 minutes)

17 again

Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) half-length portrait, s...

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Every age you ever were is still inside of you.

Job search can put you right back to 17 again. When you had basically no skills (or very few) and there really were thousands of people just like you.

But you are no longer 17.  You have paid your dues and have gained skills and had experiences that make you unique.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Dr. Seuss

You need to know what these things are.  Getting a job is a sales job – you only have to make one sale, not hundreds.  What are your “features and benefits” for the company you want to work in?  Remember that no company hires if they don’t have a problem.  And they only hire when the people they are already paying can’t solve the problem.  So what is your “Unique Selling Proposition” for each company you want to join?  What makes you you?

You have hundreds of skills.  Some you never want to use again.  Some you “own”. Some you know that you are not quite completely confident in. Make a list!  Grade them!  Choose to search for a job that uses your competencies and gives you the opportunity to increase your skills. It is out there!

If you need help with this, schedule a coaching session with me and let’s make it happen! $125/30 minutes

How I Wish I Were The Fairy Job Mother Who Could Simply Grant Wishes!

 

How to Fail at Job Search

Do you have a complete list of your skills and expertise?

your skills and keywordsWhat are you good at?  Do you have a list of all your skills?

This is not a résumé, rather it is just a private list, organized or not, of the things that you know you can do.  It can serve you as a way to build a résumé, but even more, it can keep you from getting too down on yourself in the midst of the job search.

Perhaps you might want to keep a stack of 3X5 cards in your pocket or a file on your phone where you just record each skill as it comes to you during your day.

We are all much more talented than we usually give ourselves credit for.

Do you have this list?  Not just in your head but on paper or the computer?

If you have it in a spreadsheet, you can add columns like: “Want to do this in my next job” or “I like this”. Then grade them and sort.  Now you know what skills to look for in job descriptions.

Pick a really strong skill.  How can you use this skill in your job search this week?

20 minute webcast here

How I Wish I Were The Fairy Job Mother Who Could Simply Grant Wishes!

fairy job motherWouldn’t it be wonderful if I were the Fairy Job Mother who could simply grant wishes? 

But I’m not that Fairy Job Mother.  I think she retired in 1929. You are the closest we can get.  It is your career after all.  And you know where you are, where you want to go and which steps will take you there.  

Here’s something you can do NOW that can ensure your career for years to come.

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Job fairs, online applications or recruiters do NOT fill 75-85% of all jobs.  But none of us have learned in school how to find a job in a way that we manage and control and which will serve us well the rest of our careers.  Since, as a recruiter, I know both sides of the job search, I can show you how to find and choose the companies you will want to work in, the people you will want to work with and how to be known by the people who will hire you.

Can you relate to this?

Once upon a time, in your grandfather’s or great grandfather’s time, it was possible to start working for a company straight out of school and retire 30 or 40 years later with a gold watch and a pension.  But not now  Now we are doing well to stay with the same company for five years before having to change companies to move up the corporate ladder or even to just keep working.  In some industries, a two-year stay is doing well.

None of us receive lessons in looking for work.  Our education is all about the core skills we need, not where and how to put them to use.  Networking is a skill that can be taught as well, but we are not taught that either.  And in this economy, no job is proof against lay-offs.

What some of my clients have said

Liora Engel-Smith   “Connie gave me excellent and detailed advice regarding entering the work force (via LinkedIn).”

Mark Zawadzki “Connie gave me clear direction and a plan that made sense. She has the ability to listen, understand the situation and sum it up quickly, and provide recommendations for moving forward. Connie was a valuable resource and I highly recommend her for anyone in search of a new position, career or contact.” (via LinkedIn)

Mike van Horn “I’m impressed with Connie’s business model. She has carved out a niche in a very competitive industry that meets the specialized needs of her clients and plays to her strengths.” (via LinkedIn)

Juliet Philips “I had contacted Connie when searching for jobs and I was very impressed with how quickly she responded. She took the time to explain and guide me through the process and gave me meaningful insights on how to go about finding a job that I want. She is someone I would recommend to all my colleagues.” (via LinkedIn)

Dan Biondi “A friend and colleague referred me to Connie for help with my search. Connie responded immediately, gave me a useable road map and advice regarding a senior level executive search. She is patient, considerate, and quite easy to engage in conversation. I came away from one conversation with meaningful insights on how to structure my personal search strategy. I will recommend Connie to anyone who has a problem that needs to be solved by a new view from an outside the company executive.”  (via LinkedIn)

Orest Hurko, MD “Remarkably thoughtful, generous and wise. Received a cold call from me when I was just starting a search, and patiently guided me through realities of finding employment — most of which had nothing to do with her services or that of any other headhunter. Though we had never met, her genuine concern was helping me out, not scoring a new client. Not many people would do that. And it worked. Excellent advice.” (via LinkedIn)


Who actually has the job?

Who actually has the job? Not your buddies, or you would already have it. Not your extended family either. Do you currently know the people who need your skills?

job

noun, verb, jobbed, job·bing, adjective

noun

1.  a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation or for an agreed price: She gave him the job of mowing the lawn.
2.  a post of employment; full-time or part-time position: She was seeking a job as an editor.
3.  anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility: It is your job to be on time.
4.  an affair, matter, occurrence, or state of affairs: to make the best of a bad job.
5.  the material, project, assignment, etc., being worked upon: The housing project was a long and costly job.
  – Dictionary.com

So who actually has the job you want?

Job postings are lists of jobs.  Recruiters do the job of finding the right person for their client.  HR does the job of bringing the desired person into the company and/or may do the job of the recruiter.  But it is the hiring manager who actually has the 1.  a piece of work, especially a specific task. 

How can you be known by the hiring manager?

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