Between the Trapezes - On Job Search! | December 2020
Between the Trapezes

Help for when you’re between two career certainties

December 2020

The holidays: normally this time of year people are making holiday travel plans, darting from store to store buying gifts, ordering online, doing lots of baking for that get-together.

But I don’t need to tell you that this year isn’t normal. Rather than dwell on that -- you’re seeing enough in the news, right?! -- focus on what you can do.

Humans are resilient. We pivoted quickly when we couldn’t gather: No in-person weddings or reunions? Let’s use Zoom or Skype. No in-person interviews? See you online!

And this year, the "holiday hiring window" that usually ends in November, is extended (because business travel is way down) right up to Christmas and New Year's Day, a good thing for candidates. Don't skip doing your search this time of year!

To help you with this, look below for the free guide to a holiday/end-of-year job search.

Joanne Meehl
"Your career is the treasury of your life" -
Joanne Meehl
Resume expert who hopes you never need to actually use your resume. "The Resume Queen"®
LinkedIn profile creator if you want yours to be an employer magnet.
Networking guru who coaches you in elegant (not needy, gimme gimme) networking, finding hidden leads.
Interview prep that puts you at ease matching what they need and describing why they need you.

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Your Career Is The Treasury of Your Life ©
Don’t cheat yourself: use all 2,000 characters available to you in each job history listing. What to put in this section?

1.    Of course, have a quick summary statement of your job.
Give a scope statement, telling the reader WHAT you managed (people, processes, similar), how many people, worldwide?, size of budget/budget level authority? Who you report/reported to? etc. 

Example: “Managed 34 Systems Engineers in 8 countries in Asia, Europe, South America, directing new product teams, with a $50M budget; reported to VP of Operations, dotted line to CFO”

2. Include achievements which should include metrics about results.

“Increased marketing leads by 23%, quarter over quarter, consistently converting them to sales prospects 82% of the time”

3.    Tell the reader what you’re like to work with:
As the hiring team makes their decision, they wonder “What are you like to work with?” Tell them! Tell senior management how you will help reach the company/organization goals. Tell peers how you will be a supportive teammate. And tell those who report to you how you will help them grow and be successful. Cite examples of how you have already done these.

Tip: Do all the above for each job you’re listing on LinkedIn. Focus on your impact and achievements. This is not bragging: instead, it’s communicating how you bring VALUE to the organization.

Using keywords again and again in your profile is critical
Repetition is your friend on LinkedIn!

Big “don’t”:

DO NOT use the space to write about the company history or products… instead, use this space to talk about YOU
and your impact, achievements, results
The company has other places where they market themselves! 
Here, you market YOU

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This month’s Tip from Joanne:

In job search? Today, don’t depend so heavily
on your resume.

Instead, depend on your network by meeting with people (Zoom, Skype, similar) so they get to know you and "nominate" you for openings at their company.

Second, be active on LinkedIn. Upgrade your profile so that you are FOUND there. And post articles, write articles, increase your content so that you are more visible to employers. With 70% of employers saying they look online for you, be seen!

Thought for the Month

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.

— Marie Beynon Ray, Author
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