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The Process of an Effective Job Hunt. Stuart Rosenfield. Week 1. Get the word out that you are actively looking and what you are looking for Friends, former co-workers, family, clergy, dentist, barber, insurance agent, financial planner, …. Reconnect with recruiters you’ve worked with

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Week 1
Week 1

  • Get the word out that you are actively looking and what you are looking for

    • Friends, former co-workers, family, clergy, dentist, barber, insurance agent, financial planner, ….

    • Reconnect with recruiters you’ve worked with

    • E-mail, call, Linkedin, Facebook, soccer games, Boy Scouts, children’s parties, PTA mtgs, college buddies, fraternity/sorority

  • Get resume, Linkedin Profile up to snuff

    • Post resume on job boards, add in Linkedin summary that you are actively looking and how best to contact you

  • Activate account on www.jobsintexas.org (TWC) if eligible

  • Determine networking places (www.careerdfw.org)

  • Get/Order Business cards

  • Establish your Board of Directors


Week 11
Week 1

  • Get a Job Hunting USB

  • Set up an excel workbook

    • People you’ve contacted and where they work

    • Target companies’ employment URLs; set up profiles and search agents

    • Target general employment websites and aggregator websites; set up profiles and search agents

    • Mileage

    • Job Hunting Expenses

    • Submitted jobs

  • Set up folders for submitted resumes (by company)

  • Get a calendar to write appointments, schedules

  • Get a manilla folder for job hunting expense receipts


Week 2
Week 2

  • Get out of house at least once a day and meet people (networking groups, food shopping, extracurriculars)

  • Goal – meet/connect with at least 8 people a day

  • Attend career network groups

    • Get on their job boards/yahoogroups

    • Get to know facilitators, key people, volunteer at 1 group only

    • Set up job lead share network (Accting, HR, Marketing, PR, Sales, Procurement, IT, Customer Support, etc.)

  • Linkin with as many recruiters in your space as possible

  • Go to lunch with an employed person at least once a week

  • Search your URLs at least once every 2 days; apply where appropriate and log/file in excel workbook and USB; refresh Monster, CareerBuilder resumes

  • Volunteer and help others

  • Check-in with Board of Directors


Week 3 and beyond
Week 3 and beyond

  • Establish a focused routine for each day of the week

  • Work on expanding your network

    • Volunteering, affinity group social events/lunches, seminars

    • Get out of house at least once a day and meet people (networking groups, food shopping, extracurriculars)

    • Goal – meet/connect with at least 5 people a day

  • Attend career network groups religiously

  • Refresh Monster, CareerBuilder resumes

  • Linkin with as many recruiters in your space as possible

  • Go to lunch with an employed person at least once a week

  • Check-in with your Board of Directors


Find a job you like
Find a job you like?

  • Submit application on-line

  • Find someone in the company who can hand deliver to hiring manager

    • Linkedin, friend, family, Board of Directors

  • Follow up with them to make sure the hiring manager saw it and work to get an interview

  • Log job in excel spreadsheet and file resume/cover letter in company folder on USB


Got an interview
Got an interview?

  • Get on the company website and read it

  • Understand who their competitors are

  • Understand what is going on in their space

  • Know almost as much about your interviewers as they know about you

    • Company insiders, ex-Company insiders, Linkedin, Facebook

  • Send thank you note within 24 hours to everyone who interviewed with you

  • Follow up with hiring manager once a week


Got the job
Got the job?

  • Celebrate with family

  • Save your excel workbook (you may need it in the future)

  • Thank everyone who really helped you/cared

  • Keep helping others to find jobs

    • Don’t unsubscribe to network job boards

  • Unsubscribe to personal job agents

  • Update Linkedin Profile one week after you start

  • Do not stop networking; continue with professional orgs, volunteering, and linking with others


Good resources
Good Resources

  • Starting Place

    • www.careerdfw.org

  • Business Cards

    • www.vistaprint.com

  • Linkedin

    • www.linkedin.com and search for David Lanners

  • Social Media

    • www.linkedin.com and search for David Swinney

  • Job Leads

    • yahoogroups (need to be a member)


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