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05/20/11
Position searching. What comes first? A Plan
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 7:39 am

Early in our careers, whether it is close to graduation
(our first entry) or re-emergence (due to circumstances
or changes), strong advice for seeking positions is:
develop a search plan.

Several individuals have contacted me asking for
comments on their resumes.  We have met but either
are not well acquainted or I have not been able to
perceive a clear statement of their position target.

To be able to craft a cogent public relations document,
it is helpful to know the “key words and tricky phrases”
employers would be screening for.  One individual
wanted to work in a government lab, one wanted
to work in the golf industry, one individual had sites
set on a legal career but situations are dictating
accepting less selective, realistic positions to meet
family responsibilities.  In each case, in a patient,
‘peel back the onion’ kind of process, we are
hopefully striving for the goal at the same time
teaching the process.  Employment trends suggest,
more than likely, each will need to do it again.

N. Corcodilos offers a kernal of wisdom valuable
for all search and provides four key activities
 - seek businesses, products and people involved
 - be involved in your chemical, engineering
and technical profession [know people, have
people know you]
 - find who is a decision maker, find a way to
interact directly with her
 - develop a cogent argument for the value you
offer meeting their needs.

Whether we seek academic, government or industrial
positions, informal contacts and detailed research
pave the way.  1 
 
I found most compelling Tulane’s three phase job
search strategy
using SMART goals.  I can’t say
enough about how it fills in the blanks about
references, interview prep and follow-up.

So it “shows to go yah” the sooner one starts, the
higher the probability of success.

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