Whether you are looking for a job as an employee or your next contract as a consultant, the following information will help you accelerate your job search significantly.

The Calling Card

  • Your Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Language Ability
  • Special accreditations and/or security clearance
  • Job Title or Field
  • Excellent (Top Skills)
  • Strong (Top Soft skills)
  • Top expertise
  • Experienced in (areas you have the most experience)
  • Your best attributes

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Tell Everyone You Know -- Building Your List of Contacts

  • Family, Friends and Relatives
  • Parents of your kids friends
  • Former colleagues
  • Former employers
  • Business Associations
  • Networking Groups
  • Members of your religious institution (if you belong to one)
  • Current and former classmates (yes, all the way back to high school)
  • Neighbours
  • Business associates
  • Financial Advisors
  • The people you meet as your going down the street
  • Your butcher, your baker, your barber, your banker, your doctor and veterinarian
  • Yellow Pages
  • just to name a few

Always remember to ask for the names of three people you could contact. It doesn't matter if they have a job opening, are an employee or have hired someone in the past. Everybody knows somebody who works.

Tracking Your Progress and Measuring Your Success

If you don't seem to be making any headway in your job search, be sure you're not skipping some important steps:

  • Know what you are selling and why someone should want you instead of someone else. If you aren't clear on what you are selling, people won't know they want it.
  • Full time job vs Consulting vs Part time job
  • Dressing the part
  • Tracking your steps and progress for each lead
  • Following up with each contact and setting up an information meeting with them
  • Calling Card
  • Reference List
  • Getting more Referrals
  • Aim for Upper/Top Management
  • Shopping for an employer vs. selling yourself as an employee
  • Interviews start at The Reception Desk
  • Read between the lines
  • Take note of your accomplishments and share them with your friends and family

Life is too short to be wasted. Seize the moment for each moment is the only thing in life that you will never get again. Find the joy and fulfillment by teaching others how to find it too. --- Life Coach Michael Milette