A proactive job search starts by identifying companies where you would like to work. Finding the job you want by taking control of your job search, figuring out your ideal company and getting clear on the requirements for your dream job.
- If you're in the market for a new job and you've merely been reviewing what's available online, submitting a job application and hoping, you, like millions of other professionals are in the middle of a Reactive Job Search. You're waiting for someone else to act on your behalf. It's time for you to take back control of your job search. There is absolutely no point to spending time creating and customizing your resume, only to sit and wait for someone else to recognize your brilliance.
Confucius said "Choose a job you love, and you will "never have to work a day in your life." Everyone remembers the part about the job you love, but no one really pays attention to the first word in that sentence. He said Choose, not wait for someone else to offer you a job in a company they think you should work for. The word choose implies you have a choice, and you do. A Proactive Job Search is not for the faint of heart.
It won't work quickly unless you already have an excellent network, and if you are unemployed, you probably don't have the time to do this right. A proactive job search works really well when you are gainfully employed and have the time to pick and choose. Oh look, there's that work again, so let's get to choosing. Start by identifying the type of company you want to work for. Make a list of the kinds of industries you would like to work in, projects you'd like to work on, job responsibilities that appeal to you.
Do you want to make a difference in the world? Are you seeking to earn a lot of money? Are benefits important? Then, get a little more specific. You're going to progress from a general company type to specific company names. Target your ideal company. Where would you love to work? What is your dream job? If you're going to expend the energy in searching for a job, you may as well include companies you really want to work for.
Do you know their corporate culture? Their products and services? Their mission, their financial outlook? Research each company on your list. Enter each company into your search engine, and review what comes up. Are there online reviews about the company's product? Do they have pages of complaints? Has the company won any industry awards? What news stories have been written about them? See what their reputation is in the marketplace.
Are they working on new product launches? Is a merger or acquisition pending? Don't overlook the company's website. Take a look at their financials, if listed. Read the press releases and watch any recruitment videos. Can you picture yourself working there? Taking the time to research the companies you've chosen is a major step in a proactive job search. In order to choose a job you'll love, you're going to have to put in the work, but don't worry, it will be so worth it.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Explain how to present your experience on a resume.
- Identify where spell check will not catch mistakes.
- Recognize the proper way to present your dates of employment in your professional experience section.
- Recall when you will need a traditional resume in the entertainment business.
- Explain what you could do to fill in the void on your resume when you have been unemployed for over six months.
- Name the benefits of sending a handwritten thank-you note following an interview.
- Identify some things you can do to help you identify and eliminate red flags before applying for a job.