Why You Need a Job Search Strategy (And How To Create Yours)

Why You Need a Job Search Strategy (And How To Create Yours)

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BY ERIN EWART Are you approaching your job search strategically? If you’re not sure how to answer that question or you’re shaking your head with an emphatic “no”, this post is for you. Having a job search strategy sounds like a good thing, but what does that really mean? We tend to throw around the word “strategy” a lot, and I think it helps to come back to the definition: “a method or plan to bring about a desired future” and “the art and science of planning and marshalling resources for their most efficient and effective use.” So, having a strategy means you have a plan to bring about your desired future (a new job), while efficiently and effectively using resources (your time and energy). Sounds straightforward, but it’s something many…
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You Set Some Goals – Now What?

You Set Some Goals – Now What?

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BY ERIN EWART The new year is officially here. Are you faithfully executing on all your New Year’s resolutions? Or do you have some ideas scribbled on a post-it note that you need to spend more time to actually make into actual goals and plans? If you’re nodding at option #2, we have something in common! As most of us have experienced, turning ideas into concrete action can be challenging. Many well-intentioned goals fall by the wayside when the rubber meets the road and life takes over, especially when they focus on the more complex areas of our lives, like our careers. Recently we shared four questions to ask to give yourself a year end career review, and today we're following up with some specific strategies and tools to help you…
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Give Yourself a Year-End Career Review With These 4 Questions

Give Yourself a Year-End Career Review With These 4 Questions

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BY ERIN EWART As we approach the end of the year it’s a natural time for reflection and in many organizations, it’s also time for end of year performance reviews. Whether or not your organization has an official review process this time of year, you can give yourself a year-end review! To build a meaningful and fulfilling career, it's important to regularly take stock of your career satisfaction, update your goals, and keep track of what you've accomplished. Use the four questions below to review your year, assess what's working well, and think about what you want to shift in the year ahead.  Four Questions To Answer For Your Year-End Career Review IMPACT & ACCOMPLISHMENTS What were my proudest accomplishments? Think about your personal and professional highlights from the last year.…
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What Recruiters Think About Interviews (But Probably Won’t Tell You)

What Recruiters Think About Interviews (But Probably Won’t Tell You)

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BY ERIN EWART In my career as a recruiter I conducted hundreds of  interviews. Most of these were first round screening interviews, and I think these can be one of the most important parts of the job search process, and also one of the most challenging for job seekers.  Why are first interviews so important? In a typical recruitment process, organizations select about 5-10 candidates to screen and 3-5 for in-depth interviews. With the average job receiving 100+ applications (and some many more than that), that means you have at best a 5-10% chance of being selected for an initial interview, so it’s important to make the most of the opportunity. These odds will likely increase if you've played your cards right by networking with people at the organization and getting…
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Why I Hired A Coach, and What I Learned

Why I Hired A Coach, and What I Learned

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BY ERIN EWART I recently worked with a business coach. “Why would a coach need to hire their own coach?”, you may be asking. For the same reason a doctor can’t treat herself of course! I had come to a point where I was feeling stuck with some decisions I had to make in my business, and I knew I needed help. A few of the reasons I knew it was time to hire a coach were: I was feeling overwhelmed by the decisions I needed to make, yet stuck and unable to actually move forward with any of them I needed to talk things out with someone objective who didn’t have a stake in the business (i.e. not my husband), and I wanted to get feedback and input from someone…
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Why Dream Jobs Are a Myth: Using Design Thinking in Your Job Search

Why Dream Jobs Are a Myth: Using Design Thinking in Your Job Search

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BY ERIN EWART I was fortunate to participate in a design thinking workshop last week at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (aka the d.school) with other consultants from around the country. While I’ve used and taught design thinking for years and it’s a central part of the job search approach I use with my career coaching clients, it was refreshing to be in the midst of it again as a practitioner and it reminded me why this approach can be so transformational when applied to your career. 1. It helps you think in new and creative ways: the core belief of the d.school is that “everyone has the capacity to be creative”. I don’t consider myself a particularly creative person in the traditional sense, but being together…
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The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

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BY ERIN EWART One of the biggest frustrations with job searching is that it can can feel like so much of the process is in someone else’s hands. What we often forget is that the biggest success factor is in our control: coming from a place of confidence. If you believe you can do the job, you will project that and help the employer believe it too. Conversely, if you have doubts about your abilities, are trying to figure out the “right” answers to their questions, or are trying to be someone you’re not, that will come through. The key to success is to be the best version of yourself by projecting your strengths and confidently sharing how your unique combination of skills and experience will solve their problems. Yes, there…
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Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

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BY ERIN EWART How to use your time off to boost your job search The holidays are here! After a busy and tumultuous few months, it’s finally time for a break. You may be dreaming about a schedule that doesn’t involve much more than eating and drinking, football watching, and general relaxing. But if you’re thinking about a career transition, I encourage you to spend some of this time on your job search. I can imagine the eye rolls as you read that, but hear me out! I’m not suggesting that you dredge up the resume from six years ago that you still haven’t updated or spend your break writing cover letters. Because who wants to do that on vacation?!  But there are a few things you’ll be uniquely positioned to…
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What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

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BY ERIN EWART After weeks or months of devoted networking, you’ve finally gotten an introduction to the perfect person at the place you’re dying to work. You dash off a thoughtful yet brief request to meet, and wait eagerly for a response. Days go by, then a week, and nothing. Your excitement and hope are fading fast, and your vision of an entry point to your chosen organization seems to be dashed. Now what? We’ve all been in this situation (yes, me too!). Sometimes, despite your diligent research and perfectly crafted emails, you don’t hear back. I often get questions about what to do in this scenario, so here are some tips: 1. Always follow up - people are busy and we all get too many emails. Not a great excuse,…
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Feeling Stuck in Your Search? 3 Ways to Get Going Again.

Feeling Stuck in Your Search? 3 Ways to Get Going Again.

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BY ERIN EWART Does it feel like your job search is stalled? Here’s how to move forward. We’ve all been there at some point: you’ve been job searching for a while and nothing has panned out. You’ve shared your story more times than you can count, you’ve memorized every word on your resume, and you’ve networked with everyone you can think of. Let’s face it, the job search can be hard. It’s tough on your confidence. It saps your motivation. It’s really hard to keep going in the face of rejection, and some days you just don’t want to do it. And that’s ok. Give yourself a day off to clear your mind, and then come back and get ready to jump back in. You may feel like you’ve come to the end of…
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