Welcome to Job Search Breakthrough!

Introduction & Job Search Strategy Overview (START HERE!)

There are 6 primary ways to uncover job openings and get interviews.   Each of them has ‘advantages’ and ‘disadvantages’. Before you launch your job search, read this quick overview and decide which job search strategies you will use:

1. Reply to online openings on Job Boards and Company Websites (see Online Job Search Program)

  • Pros: It can be easy and fast to find openings; you can do it at times of day and night when you can’t do other job search strategies
  • Cons: Only 15 to 20% of all job openings are posted online; not all ads are “real”; the process has the most competition; screening software will likely reject you unless your resume uses the strategies taught in www.ResumeBreakthrough.com or www.CareerChangeClub.com
  • Best for job seekers who:
    • Have created a resume that frames there background to communicate relevant value
    • Are targeting types of jobs that have a sufficient number of job openings on Job Boards


2. Promote yourself to potential hiring managers (see Hidden Job Search Program)

  • Pros: Most jobs aren’t advertised and this is THE BEST way to find them; easiest way to get your contact information in front of MANY people who can hire you in as fast as two weeks; often be little or no competition for job openings
  • Cons: Takes time to execute this strategy; it’s a new strategy for most job seekers and you need to how to do it the right way
  • Best for job seekers who:
    • Have a fairly (to very) clear idea of the type of job(s) they want to target
    • Want to work in geographic areas where they can identify 30 to 200 companies that hire people for the type(s) of jobs they want to target – and/or – you know the names of very specific companies you’d like t work for
    • You have some relevant value, skills and/or education to offer
    • Want to get more interviews as faster


3. Networking

  • Pros: Most jobs aren’t advertised and this can be one way to find them; personal introduction will increase your credibility
  • Cons: Many people don’t have good networks into jobs and industries they haven’t worked in; requires a certain level of assertiveness and confidence; it can be a slow process
  • Best for job seekers who:
    • Have an existing network of helpful contacts in industries and companies that appeal to you
    • Have attended a well-known university / college with a large alumni base
    • Needs the value and credibility provided by a networking connection to get an introduction to hiring managers

The most effective ways to use networking in your job search is to combine this strategy with other job search strategies as explained in the Online Job Search, Hidden Job Search Programs and Informational Interviews Articles (www.InformationalInterviewArticles.com)


4. Get found on LinkedIn by internal and external recruiters (see LinkedIn Breakthrough Program)

  • Pros: Many companies used LinkedIn to find candidates for job openings they have; the hiring process can be fast; you only need to set up your LinkedIn profile one time
  • Cons: You have to change your LinkedIn profile if you are making a career transition, which might tip off company employees that you are planning to leave
  • Best for job seekers who:
    • Are able to change their LinkedIn profile without much risk of it getting seen or noticed by HR, colleagues or the ‘boss’
    • Have created a resume for a career transition – because you can ‘copy and paste’ the content and have an amazing LinkedIn profile in 90 minutes


5. Approach Executive Recruiters (see Executive Recruiters)

  • Pros: You can upload your resume into their database once and done
  • Cons: Executive recruiters almost never work with people making career changes; Executive recruiters fill a very small percentage of all job openings; Some executive recruiters are not forthright.
  • Best for when:
    • You have an existing network of helpful contacts in industries and companies that appeal to you
    • You have attended a well-known or large university / college
    • You’re making a very big change
    • You don’t have much value to offer and need the credibility provided by a connection


6. Use Social Media

  • Pros: Great if you’re targeting a job in social media
  • Cons: Very few employers use this strategy, unless the company is in the social media space
  • Best for job seekers who
    • Are targeting jobs working in social media

Because social media job search strategies can be used by very few job seekers, it is not included in this program. If you are targeting jobs in social media and want want to use social media strategies to look for a new job, I recommend the book “Job Searching With Social Media for Dummies” at https://goo.gl/tUk1A8



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