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June 26, 2014 - Summer Newsletter

Some of the best memories are created in summer. Holidays during the rest of the year are a whirlwind of activity that seems to fly right by in a blink of an eye. But during summer, we usually get to slow down and engage in activities we have loved all of our lives.  

 

While it's true, and I say this every year, hiring traditionally slows down in the summer, September is the second biggest hiring month of the year, so summer it an excellent time to ramp up. Also, during a recovering economy, hiring continues more so than in stagnant or slowing economies. So, if you find yourself in transition, whether working and looking for an improvement in your career situation or  unemployed, you may find it challenging to generate some momentum in your job search. Even hiring that continues during the summer months will progress at a much slower pace because stakeholders will be on vacation on a rotating basis.  

 

So, how, then, can you make the best of your time to get results while still enjoying your summer? And, what do results look like?

 

Welcome to the summer issue of the Epic Careering Newsletter. The answer to these questions and more are within.

 

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Signs of Summer Job Search Results  

by Karen Huller 

 

Though I have often touted concept of JoMo (Job Momentum), and even named my mobile app game development company after the concept, it remains somewhat of an enigma to most job seekers. That is especially true during the summer. When job momentum is at its peak, it looks like 3-5+ viable and fulfilling job opportunities in play (past the initial interview stage) simultaneously. This puts you, the job seeker, in a very desirable quandary - how to choose the best opportunity for you.

 

So while that's what it looks like in the end, how do you know you're getting to this point? There are some telltale signs that you are building job momentum, and it's important to be able to recognize the signs of building momentum early on so that you feel validated in the activities that generate results, and so that you continue to feel accomplished and motivated - two even more elusive enigmas during a job transition.

 

I'm going to profile for you a job transition that achieves optimum JoMo from the get-go. It might not look like you expect, but you can expect to get much better results! 

 

After training yourself or getting trained in how to effectively communicate your unique value as well as the contribution that you will make to your future employer, the next step is to start to train the people in your network, your loved ones, former colleagues, former supervisors, and any power networking partners to make introductions and send qualified leads to you.

 

You may have already been telling people that you were looking for work, what your title is, what industry you work in, and perhaps a couple of target companies you see as being ideal employers. This usually produces e-mails that include job postings and encouragement to apply ASAP. If you have adept networkers already among your connections, you may be getting introductions to hiring managers or other employees within the companies you identified for them as ideal employers. While that does constitute momentum, it does not represent optimum momentum. Most people need a little bit more training and coaching in developing leads for you. The better trained they are, the more leads they produce for you. Rather than telling them what title you would potentially have, explain to them how you make an impact to an organization. Instead of listing off your responsibilities, which most people are not going to remember anyway, give them one or two examples of stories that demonstrate how you have achieved results. Make sure they understand the challenges that you are uniquely qualified to overcome and the problems you solve. Let them know who frequently has these problems, and a brief profile of the person most likely to need you AND to whom they might be confiding their troubles. That might sound like a lot, but trust me, this fits into a 60-second elevator pitch that you should be giving to every single person who asks how you are doing.

 

Replace a sense of urgency, because let's face it, this is the summertime, with a sense of passion. Come from the mindset of, "If I meet the right people now, the offer will come soon enough," as opposed to, "I need a job like yesterday, so whatever you're doing, make this more important."

 

When the introductions come in, act immediately. Nothing will kill your momentum quicker then delaying response or lacking response to an introduction or a lead. It doesn't just kill your momentum in this job transition, but it also makes people less incentivized to offer or give you help with anything else in the future. Do not waste anytime wondering if the lead is the right lead. Take action and/or make contact immediately and schedule at least a 15 to 30 minutes introductory call. If 15 to 30 minutes doesn't seem like enough time once that is exhausted, schedule a face-to-face meeting. If you are already in the thick of job momentum and have limited time for a significant one-on-one, invite that person to a networking event you already planned on attending or ask them to join you in an activity that you frequently enjoy during the summertime (as suggested in the article below.)

 

Speaking of networking events, if someone recommends an event to you - go. If you are uncomfortable attending networking events, ask the person who invited you to attend with you or invite somebody else to attend with you. While there, have an agreement that you will not be spending all of your time with that person. Perhaps you want to take some time to get acclimated before you start introducing yourself to people. Decide ahead of time how long you're going to give yourself, and make sure that you leave the bulk of the event to make acquaintances. Use it as practice to deliver your 60-second elevator pitch, but spend more time asking other people questions about their needs and what kinds of resources or introductions would make a difference to them.

 

When your personal brand is powerful and effective, it can take as few as 3 weeks to start to see an increase in introductions that lead to interviews. In spite of this, it's important to resolve right now that you may not get hired until the fall.

 

Most people believe that results look like job leads right off the bat, and they discard results that seem like less then a job lead. Most people are unemployed for 15 weeks. The average length of a job transition is 35 weeks. Using a contrarian approach will get you distinguished results.

 

If someone does send you a job posting from a job board, ask them if they can make any introductions for you. If they can't, I sincerely hope that you are on LinkedIn, have an optimized and branded profile, and enough people you actually know in your network to find someone within that company. Do not apply through the job board UNLESS the person that sent it is going to bring your application to the attention of someone. If you cannot figure out on your own how to get yourself noticed by the hiring manager, contact us and we will help you out with that.

 

One thing you can discard is a job posting without a company listed. Instead, take these to a recruiter you trust to see if they can help you understand who the company is and if they can present you.

 

If people proved to be very good resources of introductions and leads, make sure that you are:

A) Expressing your gratitude

B) As I mentioned before, following up on everything they send you

C) Finding ways to help them, as opposed to putting the accountability on them to tell you how to help them

D) Updating them regularly on the leads that they gave you

 

We recommend using JibberJobber.com to keep track of all the activity. When you do find yourself achieving JoMo, an Excel spreadsheet just isn't powerful enough. Plus, a basic account is free.

 

If you do these things, your JoMo will rise with the temperature. By the time the kids go back to school, you'll be returning to work to do what you love.

 

10 Summertime Activities for JoMo

A lot of networking groups and professional organizations either stop meeting over the summer or reduce the number of meetings that they have. Attendance tends to be quite low at these events. It doesn't mean that you shouldn't attend, but it does mean that you should supplement networking events with other group activities you enjoy.

 

I encourage you to either get out and attend these events alone or with your family and use them as opportunities to meet other people, or use these activities as ways to transform acquaintances into power connections. There's something here for all ages, interests, activity levels, and budgets.

 

1) Driving range or batting cages

 

2) Fishing, boating or paddleboarding

 

3) Outdoor dining, snacking or imbibing 

 

4) Spectate an MLB game or local league game

 

5) Local historical or cultural attractions  

 

6) "First Fridays" and Arts or music festivals

 

7) Charity events (they're not all high-priced galas)

 

8) Arboretum, conservatory, nature reserve events

 

9) Hiking or biking

 

10) Tennis, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, archery, horseshoes, paintball, bocce ball, or any other number of outdoor and yard games

 

Your homework is to invite one new acquaintance to join you in one of these activities. Let us know how it goes! I'm sure that about 70% of you who actually do this will find that something amazingly epic will happen as a result.