POSTED BY: Don Oehlert
Managing Partner, eCareerCoaching.com
“Practical advice on your next career move.”
Introduction to Job Search – the first 8 topics – Part 4
At eCareerCoaching.com, we have a formalized methodology concerning the job search process. We’ve also written an ebook about it, which is almost complete. We expect to be shipping sometime this summer (summer 2020).
We are also working on assembling video coursework, whereby you can review our offering at your own pace, in your own time, at your own home. There isn’t really a timetable for this yet, but know that we are working at a feverish pitch, writing the scripts for each segment right now.
All that said, any way you look at it, there are a number of issues to learn about when you are job hunting. One of the initial questions we repeatedly get from our clients now – and those we have worked with since 2004 is – “when are we going to work on my resume?” And we’ll agree – that’s the first thing that used to pop into our minds as well. At least before we learned that there are many steps to navigate before you get to the point where you can write an effective resume.
There are also many tools that need to be created to implement a successful job hunt or career search. We’ll go over some of them over the next few weeks as we advance through our 8-part series on career progression.
First in the series – Part 1:
As a refresher, the main point of the first week’s post was “When You’re in Job Search, You’re in Sales.”
In case you missed Part 1 or would like to re-read it, please click here: https://ecareercoaching.com/2020/06/14/job-search-with-the-new-normal-1-of-8/
…you should know how to figure out what companies you should target, and why.
In case you missed Part 2 or would like to re-read it, please click here: https://ecareercoaching.com/2020/06/21/job-search-in-the-new-normal-2-of-8/
…you should know how to network effectively, and why you’re doing it.
In case you missed Part 3 or would like to re-read it, please click here: https://ecareercoaching.com/2020/06/29/job-search-with-the-new-normal-3-of-8/
Fourth post: (this time)
…you should become better at interviewing as well
One of the many ways to become better at interviewing is to, well, go on interviews. We know you don’t want to go on a practice interview with a target company you really want to work for. But going on low-interest-company interviews can serve one of two major issues:
- you WILL get practice interviewing
- you MAY find you SHOULD have put this company on your target list.
After all, if they were interested enough in you to invite you in for an interview, they may be a good match. On the other hand, they may not be, and you know that going in. Either way, you get interviewing practice.
You can also get practice with a friend that knows what you do, or a former colleague that you know. Even a former manager can be a great practice interview if you’ve kept up a good relationship with that person, that is.
Before you go to any interview, however, you should work on preparing for that interview as if you mean it. The old saying in sports is “practice like you play.” What that means is, when you practice, make sure you take the exact same approach in preparing for this test interview as you would on one when you’re going for a job you actually want.
That means that you should go through the same steps in background research as you would for one you care about. Dig into their website. Find out their financials (as best you can, especially for a privately-held company). Dig into their LinkedIn presence and company pages. Try to contact a few people that you know that work there, have worked there, or work somewhere around this company (vendors, partners, customers, etc.).
Another option is to hire a recruiter or a career coach to practice interviewing you. If you know someone that has been in HR for a good portion of their career, they may be happy to help – especially if you’re a friend, or if you’re buying dinner.
Whatever you do, don’t take practice interviewing for granted – the stakes are always high.
Future posts in the series will include:
…We’ll show you how to outline your success stories in such a manner as to be compelling
…you should know how, how often – and when – to follow up on things
…the difference between Positional and Informational Interviews
To get to know yourself better from a personal standpoint, please drop us an email for your free copy of our “Finding Your True North” instrument. In it are 36 questions that will help you understand what makes you tick, so that you can better prepare for a job search, or decide whether you should go for that promotion.