Welcome back to another new edition of AH Jobs List!
Are you one of those job seekers who is waiting anxiously for the new list of jobs to be posted every Tuesday morning? And will you scan the list and frantically send resumes and cover letters to the jobs that are posted with the hope that there will be a response?
If this describes you, I'm begging you to step away from your computer this week.
This might sound strange coming from a guy who runs an online job board, but please realize that online job boards in general are only one part of the job search process. All too often, they create a false sense of hope and it is incredibly easy to become addicted to them as the only source of leads for your job search.
Job seeking is a FULL CONTACT sport. It means looking another person in the eye, talking to them, and creating a human connection that convinces them you can add value to their organization. It means making cold calls to companies and asking for informational interviews from other professionals. It means developing new contacts and networks of professionals. It means taking someone to lunch or connecting with a professional association.
It means taking a few risks with the goal of feeling in control and reclaiming some power in your job search.
Connecting Your Personal Brand to Every Job-seeking Touch Point
In the 18 years I've been publishing Andrew Hudson's Jobs List, I've had the terrific opportunity to meet with thousands of job seekers. Many of these job seekers are unemployed and on the hunt for a job, and many are currently employed but simply trying to find a way to move ahead in their chosen profession. They may be feeling burnt out, unappreciated or realizing that their current position is not the path they want to follow.
From what I've learned, it's rare to find a job seeker who's not struggling with some aspect of their job search. I mean let's face it, job seeking is difficult. Job seeking is an intensely personal journey fraught with risk and requires people to jump out of their comfort zone.
Very rarely has anyone ever TAUGHT you to look for a job. Despite what a career counselor might have told you in college, it is a lot more than simply drafting a resume and blasting it out to prospective employers. This is particularly true for mid-career job seekers who are either trying to reinvent themselves or simply trying to find another position.
Learning the skills to search for a job are skills that will serve you throughout your career.
Usually I'm approached by job seekers who are seeking help with their resume; they either need help to create a new resume or simply want someone to critique their current version.
The resume, while important, is only one of the many aspects of the job search. Job seekers who have sent out hundreds of resumes with no response usually have leapfrogged over important strategies of the job search; strategies that can connect realistic opportunities with their true strengths and skills.
In short, your job is a marketing campaign and requires a marketing plan to promote yourself to a targeted audience of employers. Like any marketing plan, it requires thoughtful research of your audience, a thorough understanding of the strengths and aspirational qualities you are marketing and an action plan to put into play the touch points that advertise, promote, market and ultimately influence your audience to take action in your favor.
Successful job seekers have honest conversations with themselves about what it is they want to be doing and the type of organization they want to be doing it with. They develop a clear and understandable confidence about their skills, talents and values and are able to communicate these confidently everywhere they have an opportunity to influence an employer's opinion about them.
The successful job seeker communicates a brand promise that immediately connects the relevance of background, experience and accomplishments, skills and talents and most importantly, rock solid confidence. A successful job seeker brand creates a 'sigh of relief' emotion that inspires your targeted audience to want to 'try' or 'buy' the product.
The touch points in a job search are generally pretty obvious. Your personal brand must consistently connect in your resume, cover letter and in every conversation and interview you have. 'Consistently connect' is an important phrase. Many job seekers have terrific resumes but are weak interviewers. Interviewing skills are perhaps the most important part of selling yourself into the job.
Part of your job-seeking plan is also a sales plan. Sales is not a typical skill for most job seekers, so understanding basic sales skills and routines to get your foot in the door and resume in the interview pile is an important tool in your job search. It means tapping into your networks of friends, family members, former colleagues, bosses and mentors to let them know you are searching for a job and to identify prospects. It also means developing new networks through professional associations, cold calling, researching companies and industry trends and following up on leads and suggestions.
Successful job seekers have thick skins and rock solid confidence. Failure doesn't pollute their minds with doubt or insecurity, it's simply a part of the process. Successful job seekers set goals throughout the week that help them keep a high degree of motivation and inspiration, giving good measure of their progress. Most importantly, every job they apply for is done with a thoughtful connection between the relevance of their background and experience to the job (and organization) for which they are applying. They don't apply for every job that 'looks interesting'; they apply for jobs based on the criteria they have developed for themselves that considers their strengths, values, the type of job, the company and, of course, is something they want to be doing.
I realize that the job-seeking process is more complex than could be described in a few paragraphs. But I go back to something I wrote earlier: Rarely have job seekers been taught the skills for successful job seeking. Even those who have been successful searching for a job in the past quickly realize that job seeking in the year 2016 is a very different process from when they had to look for a job two, five, or 20 years ago.
Employers! Find great candidates under Jobseeker Profiles
If you are an employer looking to hire a great candidate, look in the pool of talented professionals who have posted their profiles under AH Jobs List's Jobseeker Profiles. This week, there are dozens of talented professionals who have posted profiles describing their backgrounds, talents and experiences and how they would be a good fit to work for your organization. These profiles are classified by entry, mid and senior-level employees.
Every week, I'm hearing from job seekers and employers alike that they are being connected through Jobseeker Profiles on AH Jobs List. Posting a Jobseeker Profile is a simple and affordable way to get noticed by recruiters. If you are a job seeker, click here and post your profile today. Examples of profiles are available to help you craft a simple description to get an employer,s attention. Thousands of employers from around the state are looking at Jobseeker Profiles to identify new talent.
Every day is our chance to make Downtown Denver a little better – and that is what we have been doing since 1955.
The Downtown Denver Partnership creatively plans, manages and develops Downtown Denver as the unique, diverse, vibrant and economically healthy urban core of the Rocky Mountain Region that is recognized for being prosperous, walkable, diverse, distinctive and green.
The Partnership also manages the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID) that provides enhanced services to make Downtown Denver a cleaner, safer and more vibrant place.
Throughout the year, the Downtown Denver Partnership hosts an array of large and small scale events, providing a variety of ways to stay engaged in the organization.
The Downtown Denver Partnership has two positions posted on AH Jobs List today.
Digital Communications Specialist
Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.
We are looking for a digital communications specialist who is passionate about making Downtown Denver a world-class city through the strategy, management and implementation of the organization's comprehensive digital strategy. We are seeking an individual who likes a fast-paced environment with 3 or more years of experience working in digital platforms, who stays on top of trends and implements digital solutions to marketing and communications opportunities, and who can support telling the story of a vibrant Downtown Denver to a broad range of audiences. READ MORE>>>>>>
Public Events and Activation Assistant
Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.
Downtown Denver Events, Inc. (DDE) produces several special events including A Taste of Colorado, Parade of Lights, Grand Illumination, TubaChristmas, an ice skating rink and New Year's Eve Fireworks. In addition, the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) also contracts with the Business Improvement District (BID) to manage its programs including Your Keys to the City, Meet in the Street, Skyline Park programming, and 16th Street Mall Special Events. DDP also contracts with RTD to manage permitting of Wynkoop Plaza. The DDP Public Events department oversees the planning and execution of each of these events. READ MORE>>>>>>>
Have a great week,
Catering Sales Director
Red Rocks Country Club
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Director of Marketing & Communications
Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
Denver READ MORE>>>>>>