Saturday, July 27, 2013

Introverts Excel at 10 Steps of Job Search Planning

Many introverts and shy people excel at organizing and planning. These activities take time, careful thought, solitude, and diligence. Some extroverts have a difficult time staying quiet long enough to create a plan and to organize a complex project.

So when it comes to developing a strategy for an effective job hunt, introverts have the advantage (again!).

Shy Job Seeker Blog: Introverts Excel at Job Search Planning
Plan your job search
for optimum success.

l0 Steps for Effective Job Search Planning

Here are the key parts of an effective employment search:
  1. Identify what you are good at and target what you want to do. Don't mold yourself to the opportunity. Reflect on your strengths, on how they can help employers, and on which jobs match your skills.
  2. Identify employers for which you'd like to work. Research organizations and companies that share your values, that offer work settings and schedules that suit your needs, and that provide opportunities for people with your background.
  3. Connect with people who can introduce you to employers. It's much easier to get organizations interested in you if a current employee or other contact recommends you. Now don't break out in a sweat when I use the word "networking." Just search for contacts on LinkedIn and talk with people you know--everyone from your neighbors to your minister to your hair stylist. Ask who they know at the company. You can also contact employers of interest directly by email or call them on a day when you're feeling braver than usual.
  4. Develop a resume and cover letter that appeal directly to the employer's needs and that explain how you can meet those needs. Notice this step is number 4 in the process. Most people start with a resume. But you can waste lots of time writing a resume that doesn't target any employer or job in particular. You are better off writing your resume to your desired job and company. If you do it right, you may need to only write your job search material once. Really!
  5. Request an interview. You can request an interview via email, but making the request by talking to someone is best if you can muster the courage. Make your request seem like a foregone conclusion: "I am interested in the job, and my skills and background match your requirements. When can we meet to discuss your needs?"
  6. Prepare for the interview. Be well-dressed, come armed with questions, and be ready to discuss how your skills will solve the employer's problems. Preparation is key to job search success! Read more in this earlier post.
  7. Slam-dunk the interview. Build yourself up to be the most prepared and most enthusiastic candidate the interviewer will meet. Take some courage vitamins. Tell the interviewer you want the job.
  8. Thank the interviewer and follow up with a thank-you email. Also call in a few days to ask about the status of the job and to reiterate your interest. Write a little script to help you through it.
  9. Get ready to negotiate an offer. Know the salary for similar jobs and bracket your salary request. Let facts be your friend and keep your comments short while emphasizing you want the job. Let the employer make the first offer if possible.
  10. Accept the job. Saying "yes" is easy for introverts and shy people. Congratulations.

Execute Your Plan Well to Get Hired Quickly

Using the steps above, you will plan a successful job search strategy. Remember to stay positive. Work on your job search every day without delay. If you create a plan for every stage of the job search and then execute it well, you will get hired quickly.

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