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|Should You Fit the Job -- Or Should IT Fit YOU?
Candidates rightfully look for jobs they can fit
into. They compare experience required to
their own experience. They look for job tasks
they can handle and excel at. They see if
the corporate culture is one in which they'd
be able to live.
But have you thought about doing the
opposite: "designing" the perfect job for
you, then seeing who out there actually has
it? (or who will create it for you?)
It's a subtle but powerful difference in
approach. By using this method, you
are setting the standards for your next job,
not someone else.
How to design that ideal job? Start by
jotting down some
parameters around tasks you'd most like to
carry out, the skills and assets you most
want to use (and develop), the environment in
most like to work, the kind of management
that makes your flourish. You'll come up with
a profile of sorts.
Then, go to your network to ask about
companies or organizations that fit that
profile. Also use Google and LinkedIn and
other research resources.
Reality will intrude into this process soon
enough. But starting with what YOU want, and
defining that from the start, will make your
search less stressful, and will get you
closer to your goal.
|Be a Relentless Targeter
There are two main advantages of having a
list of target companies: first, you remain
focused during your search. Second, a list of
target companies helps your networking
contacts think of people you may want to meet
within those companies.
But how do you come up with a list of target
companies? Over the years, you've been taking
notes on companies you've heard good things
about, and you've read about companies in
business journals and online.
As you research those companies, you will
drop some off the list and add others on.
Networking will generate new names, and
following the media will help you come up
with others. Online databases also are a rich
source of names. As you Google the company
name, and the names of some of their
managers, you'll further refine your list.
When I hear a candidate say "I have 250
companies on my targeted list", I say "No way
is that possible!" Perhaps that person has a
list of 250 companies that interest him. But
it's just not possible to do a good job of
targeting companies with that many companies.
A true target list has only a handful of
companies. Why? Because with each company,
you should be expending every imaginable
effort to get inside. You are endlessly
networking, going to any and every event that
might put you in contact with people there,
and so forth. There's a relentlessness to it!
That kind of effort precludes you from having
active job campaigns in more than a few
companies, just because of limits on your
time and your energy.
So don't spread yourself out too thin; decide
on your top 3 or 4 companies and go all out
to learn more and make contacts there. With
that kind of focus, you will succeed.
|Who Will Be Lucky Number 1,000?
Who will be the 1,000th person to join this
newsletter mailing list?
Yes, we're on the brink (this month?) of
adding that magic
number, and we're grateful to you for reading
each month, and for those to whom you've
forwarded Trapezes over the
last couple of years. The lucky #1,000 will
win a $25 gift card at Staples, AND a free
copy of the perennial Jack
Chapman best seller, Negotiating Your
Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute. No
resource comes close to this one as far as
teaching you how to get what you want, in a
during the salary negotiation process.
And if person #1,000 comes to us because
you forwarded Trapezes to them so they
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IF YOUR GROUP NEEDS A SPEAKER, talk to us.
Does an organization you belong to need a
One of Joanne Meehl's favorite activities
is speaking to groups of professionals, graduate
students, civic groups, business meetings, and
other organizations. The attendees do not
need to be in job search. Audiences tell her
they enjoy her
lively, interactive style.
Here are some of the most-requested topics
These are customized for each group.
- 8 mistakes that interviewers make,
and how to avoid them (this topic geared for
employers and hiring
- What's so special about you? (just what
is your value in today's -- and
tomorrow's -- job market?)
- The 5 key ways to avoid being on the
- Don't be miserable - find the work you
- How to do a value-based job search so
that you land the job
- Today's job search isn't like your
- Get more done while having more fun
Joanne speaks next at Acton
Networkers, date to be announced. Stay tuned!
If you'd like more details,
contact her at Joanne@TheJobSearchQueen.com.
|Thought of the Day
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Henry David Thoreau
We are proud members of:
- Association of Career Professionals
- Northeast Human Resources Association
- Career Masters Institute
- Career Counselors Consortium/Boston
- National Resume Writers Association
- BNI Golden Givers, Holden, Mass.
Called "The Resume Queen" years ago by a
colleague, Joanne Meehl decided to have fun
nickname (which we've officially
she also takes it seriously by
her career management skills on the leading
through research and ongoing dialog with hiring
You're now seeing us use "The Job Search
Queen", which better reflects the breadth of
our services. The trademark is pending. We'll
be using both "queen" nicknames in our
Next few meetings of Face2Face, the Job Search
Wednesday, June 6th
Wednesday, June 20th
No meeting on Wednesday, July 4th
All meetings are 9am - noon, in
Boxboro, Mass. near the intersection of
Routes 495 and 2.
the programs, and directions, click here.
Also on that
page, you'll be able to see notes about previous
talks at Face2Face.
meetings, we make it easier for
you to network, no matter how shy you are. Come
new people who might be the link
to your next job!
Joanne's Blog: The Heart of the Matter