Now Available! The Motivated Job Search book

I am pleased to announce the release of The Motivated Job Search book!

I wrote The Motivated Job Search for career-minded professionals who want simple and direct answers on how to conduct a job search.

Most job seekers do not know how to effectively conduct a job search in today’s job market, which is completely understandable. The skills to find a job are not exactly top-of-mind. The Motivated Job Search takes you through a step-by-step job search process and teaches you how to stand out and get the job you want!

The Motivated Job Search covers meaningful topics like how to correctly prepare for a job search, profiling your next job, understanding the employer’s mind, branding, elevator speech, success stories, LinkedIn, networking, social media, and how to penetrate the hidden job market, along with a myriad of useful job search tools not otherwise written about in other job search books. The book promotes a self-motivated job search approach where job seekers proactively engage the job market and employers in meaningful ways that result in job offers!

Check out the book on Amazon, or purchase it directly (most cost effective way) from the publisher, WriteLife Publishing (an imprint of BQB Publishing Company).

 

About the Author: Brian Howard is a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and an actively practicing executive recruiter. He has helped thousands of job seekers over the course of his career. With over 23 years of real world recruiting experience, he has received various accolades and international acclaim for his recruiting ability, and is a member of an international recruiting organization’s “Hall of Fame.” It is from this experience and knowledge that he wrote The Motivated Job Search.

How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Proactively Market Your Professional Credentials

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search.

Proactively Market Your Professional Credentials.  The mantra here is: Stop looking for a job and start looking for a company you’d like to work for.  Once you identify companies that are (or could be) interesting to you, reach out directly to the likely hiring executive and present your professional credentials.  You will be hunting in the Hidden Job Market.  This technique requires effort, but you will find jobs and job leads that you otherwise would not find.

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Get out! And use job alerts.

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search.

Get Out!  Go meet people.  Network face-to-face.  Attend functions.  Attend local industry gatherings.  Consider attending national industry conferences.  This can be a bonanza of networking opportunities.  Don’t curl up in a ball and hide! Instead, get out and meet people.  They’ll help you if they can if you give them the opportunity to do so.

Job Alerts.  If you have not been using job alerts, do so now (Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, LinkedIn, job boards).  If you have, review them.  Change then.  Add new ones to include other jobs you are interested in and qualified for.  Get a new flow of information on opportunities in the market.

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Networking – Focus on New Connections

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search. In the previous postings we have discussed learning something new as a first step followed by critically evaluating your resume, and keeping a positive attitude. Let’s continue the topic by discussing networking.

Networking. You’ve likely networked with your connections as a part of your search.  To re-ignite your networking efforts, start making new connections, especially on LinkedIn.  Focus on new connections that you believe may be able to help or hire you.  For every two new connections (or LinkedIn invitations extended), contact an existing networking contact and bring them up to speed on your job search (or any other relevant topic).  For all new connections, wait a few days, and then communicate with them. Speak with them about their company, their position within their organization, and any leads they may know of.  Going through this process will expand your network and lead to new conversations with new contacts while touching base with your existing network.

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Your Attitude

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search.

Attitude.  Shake off the disappointments of the past.  Get over it and “out of yourself”.  Today is a new day!  Staying in a pity party serves no purpose. Besides, you’re going to change what you’ve been doing to more productive activities.  You have reason to be optimistic!  Things are about to change because you are going to use new strategies to create job search activities.  It will be work, but the results will be different.  But, it all starts with your attitude.  Get positive.  Be positive.  Do what needs to be done (with a smile despite momentary setbacks) and you will begin to experience positive results!

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Critically Evaluate Your Resume

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search. In the first post we discussed that learning something new is an important step in reviving a stale job search.  Let’s continue the discussion.

Resume. Critically evaluate your resume.  Does it present “you” persuasively? Be critical and honest with your evaluation. If you wrote your resume yourself, seriously consider contacting a professional resume writer and have it evaluated.  Could improvements in content and formatting be worth the cost to have it re-done?  Having a new resume is a change that can improve your confidence during your search.

Don’t forget, any changes to your resume should also be reflected on your LinkedIn profile, too!

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Start By Learning Something New

You’re engaged in a job search and things have slowed to a crawl.  You’ve done everything you know and no results.  Don’t panic.  There are practical steps you can take that can re-ignite your job search and get you back on track.

In this multi-part posting we will discuss some practical steps you can take to re-ignite a stale job search.

Learn something new.  This may not sound like a tactic to re-ignite a job search, but it is…..and, it’s a big one.  You need to stimulate your mind with new information.  Identify a professional designation and start the work to achieve it.  If you need to improve your technology skills, now is the time to do it.  Whatever you learn stimulates the mind and when completed, can differentiate you from other job seekers.

Read up on job search techniques. Could you learn something that could open the door to more opportunities?

Many job seekers find renewed energy and a more optimistic outlook on a stale search when they begin learning new things.  You feel better knowing you are doing something to move your job search forward.

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