Podcast: Brian Howard Talks about the Advantages and Strategies of Networking During a Job Search

In this podcast, Brian Howard discusses the many advantages and strategies of proactively networking for a job. Listen while Brian describes the networking concepts of a “cabinet” and “sales company.”

To listen to the podcast interview, click this link: Motivated Networking with Brian Howard

About: Brian Howard, J.D. is a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and actively practicing executive recruiter. He has helped thousands of job seekers over his 24 year recruiting career. It is from this experience and knowledge that he wrote The Motivated Series of Job Search Books. These include The Motivated Job Search, The Motivated Networker, Over 50 and Motivated (Release date April 2017), The Motivated Job Search Workbook (Release date April, 2017) and Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles (Release date November 2017). These books can be purchased on Amazon.

Podcast Interview of Brian Howard on CareerCloud – Discussing Networking During a Job Search

Brian Howard was recently interviewed by Chris Russell of CareerCloud discussing the importance and nuances of networking during a job search.

To listen to the podcast interview, click this link: How to embrace a networking mentality .

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The interview discusses important networking topics such as: The definition of networking, networking mentality, effectiveness, your networking “Cabinet,” your networking “Sales Company,” the power of networking, among others.

The interview is based on Brian’s recently released book The Motivated Networker, a practical guide on how to network for a job. (Amazon)

CareerCloud is a career advice company that helps build better job seekers through articles, advice, job leads and more. Visit them at CareerCloud.com.

Just Released! The Motivated Networker

I am pleased to announce the release of my second job search book, The Motivated Networker!

The book is a practical no-nonsense guide on how to successfully network for a job. When 60% to 80% of all jobs are filled through some form of networking, mastering the skill of networking is imperative to success in landing a new job in the shortest time possible!

So, what makes The Motivated Networker unique? The Motivated Networker is a tightly written book squarely on the topic of networking to find a job. It tells you not just what to do, but actually how to do it!

The book covers topics such as how to embrace a networking mentality, overcoming fears, how to create a networking “cabinet,” how to start and exit conversations, the ICE Method of networking, networking with recruiters, online social media strategies along with a myriad of useful networking tools not otherwise written about in other books.

You can check out the book on the publisher’s website, WriteLife Publishing or on Amazon.

Business Cards During a Job Search – Resume Business Cards

This is the next installment of our discussion regarding the use of business cards during a job search. We’ll be discussing Resume Business Cards.

Resume Business Cards

A resume business card takes the networking card one step further (See previous post). Here you may expand descriptive information on the front of the card, and put key qualifications and accomplishments on the back. Focus on your top two or three accomplishments (or qualifications), not on job titles or duties.

This next point is optional, but leave a little white space at the bottom of the back of the card, allowing the recipient room to jot a note about you. Hopefully the note will read, “Need to call.”

It’s fine to mix and match the concepts of the three forms of business cards (Traditional, Networking, and Resume). For example, you may determine that it would be best received by your target audience that the front of the card has a traditional look. But, on the back, you may choose to put a branding statement and a couple of achievements.  That’s fine. Exercise your best business judgement.

This topic is covered in more detail in The Motivated Job Search. You can check out the book on Amazon.

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Elevator Speech in a Job Search – Know what your value proposition is

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the development and use of an elevator speech as used in a job search.

Know what your Value Proposition is.

This is where your branding comes into full play. Identify as precisely as possible what you offer, what problems you can solve, and what benefits you bring to an employer.

If you are a tenured job seeker, think of achievements and statements that could be woven into your elevator speech that could attack an age bias, such as instituting a new technology or taking on a project that required extra effort or extra hours of work.

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein

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Infographic Resumes – Now, The Disadvantages

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the considerations and use of an infographic resume as a tool in your job search. The previous post discussed the advantages of an infographic resume. Let’s continue by discussing some disadvantages of using an infographic resume in your job search.

How will it be Received by Hiring Executives for Positions You are Pursuing? This is a serious consideration. An infographic resume is a neat idea and can be very intriguing. It can open your mind to all sorts of creative thoughts on how to present your information. This is especially true once you start viewing examples. However, it is not the right or most impactful strategy for every industry or position. Only you can gauge the receptiveness and persuasive influence an infographic resume would have on hiring executives in your job search.

It must Contain Impactful Information. If an infographic resume does not have impactful or persuasive information or is poorly constructed, it will hurt your job search. It can be a distraction, reflect poorly on your candidacy for the job, or eliminate you from contention for the position.

This is where it is highly recommended that you speak to professionals that create these documents. Seek their opinion as to whether you have the caliber of career information and accomplishments to have an impactful infographic resume (with the understanding that they will have the incentive for you to buy their services). Seek out examples of others like you with similar backgrounds (if possible). Set aside any thoughts you have about the uniqueness of the approach and objectively evaluate whether you have the kind of career information that would make for a compelling infographic resume.

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