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Feb 8, 2013

101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times by Jay A. Block

 Ways to follow:

1.       Develop a fearless constitution as a first step in landing a new job in troubled economic times.

2.       Become an educated, enthusiastic, and confident campaigner to enable you to recover from job loss and land a new job in competitive job markets.

3.       Change how you think about a job search – look at it as an easy five-step process that is a well-planned and well-executed campaign.

4.       Allow yourself to be discomforted, as complacency and comfort are not catalysts for constructive change. It is discomfort that cures dis-ease.

5.       Take personal responsibility for your future. Don’t blame others or provide excuses. Adopt the belief that if it’s going to be, it’s up to me!

6.       Invest 95 percent of your and resources on the solution, not the problem.

7.       Commit identifying a meaningful goal, as all success is born out of a burning desire to achieve success.

8.       Have faith. Faith is a feeling of certainty, that something good can be created even though it has yet to be determined when or how it will occur.

9.       Work on building and improving your character. A healthy character comes from a sincere appreciation for all that you have today in pursuit of all that you want tomorrow.

10.   Employ massive amounts of discipline. Discipline means doing what you don’t want to do to get the job you want at the pay you deserve.

11.   Surround yourself with positive and empowering people. In most cases, the people you associate with determine how quickly you’ll land a new job.

12.   Accept and embrace adversity and failure. No one gets it right the first time. Massive failure leads to massive success.

13.   Work hard on your fitness and health. Landing a new job in troubled times requires a lot of energy. Eat well and exercise regularly to give yourself the energy you’ll need to secure a new, rewarding job.

14.   Takes massive action. Action, driven by discipline, is what propels the process of getting a new job quickly and effectively.

15.   Ask courageous questions. Asking high-quality questions stimulates new thoughts. New more empowered thoughts will lead to a new job.

16.   Manage your focus. Focus on what you have to be grateful for and what’s going well in your life. If you focus on the negative, you’ll get negative results. If you focus on the positive, you’ll get positive results. Are you focusing on the 90 percent who are employed or the 10 percent who are unemployed? What you focus on determines your mindset and how quickly you obtain that new job.

17.   Reference others who have successfully dealt with and overcome what you are currently experiencing. By doing so, you find strength and hope, and learn specific strategies and concepts used by others so you too can effectively work through and resolve the issue you face.

18.   Use humor to find emotional balance in your life while you pursue a new job. Laughter is the best medicine not only for health issues, but for all life’s adversities including job loss and job dissatisfaction.

19.   Learn how to more effectively battle life and the job campaign by first learning how to better manage your mindset, your emotions.

20.   You must first acknowledge that the purpose of your job or career is to empower your life so you can achieve all that you want to achieve in life.

21.   Ask the two important life questions in order to live a full and rewarding life: 1) what do you want to get out of life?  And 2) what do you want to get back to life?

22.   The starting place for helping you identify your next job or career opportunity is not by determining what kind of job want to work at, but rather by determining what kind of life you envision for yourself.

23.   You must determine your signature values because this is the only way you can be happy, live a fulfilling life, and work at a meaningful job.

24.   Values, unlike beliefs, come from the heart, not the head. When you identify your signature values, you will do very little thinking. You will allow your heart to feel what makes you happy.

25.   To determine your life values, ask the question, “What’s most important to me in my life that will make me happy and that will significantly enhance the quality of my life?”

26.   To determine your signature life values, you must identify your top eight values and prioritize them in the order of importance that naturally makes you happy.

27.   Prioritize your values, because when you know your hierarchy, you’ll make better decisions based on this prioritized list.

28.   Once you have established your life values, grade them individually according to how happy you are living life in harmony with them. By doing so, you will have a clear understanding of what you have to work on to live a rich and rewarding life.

29.   Control what you can control. Evaluate your grades, and then upgrade wherever possible. This will help raise your level of happiness so that you may better address the pressing issues.

30.   Understand that your life’s values will constantly shift and change. You must be prepared to review and revisit your values and hierarchy on a regular basis.

31.   To determine your career values, ask the question, ”What’s most important to me in my career that will make happy and that will significantly enhance the quality of my life?

32.   To determine your signature career values, you must identify your top eight values and prioritize them in the order of importance that naturally makes you happy.

33.   Prioritize your career values, because when you know your hierarchy, you’ll make better decisions since you’ll know better what to base your career and job decisions on.

34.   Once you have established your career values, grade them individually according to how happy you are or were working in harmony with them. By doing so, you will have a clear understanding of what you have to work on to identify a rich and rewarding job.

35.   Control what you can control. Evaluate your grades (for your career values) and then upgrade those you can, just as you did with your life values. This way, you can better address the more pressing issues.

36.   When you explore new job and career options, you need only define 1) jobs that would interest you, that you are qualified or wish to do, and that are in harmony with your career and life values and 2) industries that interest you. Use that T-bar model to brainstorm jobs and industries that you would enjoy.

37.   When you have completed working the T-bar brainstorming exercise, place your list in a hierarchy where the most exciting jobs and industries are atop the list.

38.   Study the job market where you live or where you are seeking work. You must know what jobs and industries are on the rise and those on the decline.

39.   Once you have performed an in-depth study of your market, write down the top six to eight jobs and industries that currently provide the best opportunities.

40.   Put all the pieces to the career puzzle together in one place. This way, you’ll have the information readily available so you can see the big picture in order to make big decisions.

41.   Use the circle of options model to determine if you want to work in the same job – same industry, new job – same industry, same job – new industry, or new job – new industry. These are the only four global options you have.

42.   Use the technique of bridging to go from where you are to where you want to be. This is used when you determine that it will require multiple steps to get there.

43.   Don’t ever quit on your dreams or settle for less than you can be. If you don’t come up with the answers the first time around, go back and redo the assignments. Just because the answers don’t come today doesn’t mean they won’t come tomorrow or sometime next week. But one thing for certain. If you do quit on your dreams, they will never have a chance!

44.   Consider entrepreneurialism – becoming an independent contractor or consultant as a career option. Profits may be better than wages. At a time where there is little job security, the best job security may be that which you provide for yourself.

45.   Create multiple streams of income. It may not be the best strategy to put all your eggs in one basket; in one employer. To protect yourself, your family, and your financial future, consider multiple income sources.

46.   While a resume that stands out from your competition. Your resume must clearly communicate bottom-line results and organizational objectives you can produce that position you as a highly qualified and valuable candidate.

47.   Write your resume thinking about the interview. Think about the key message you’ll eventually want to communicate in an interview to win the job. When you take the time to properly prepare your resume, thinking the key messages that will win you job offers, you’ll then showcase those messages on your resume to win interviews!

48.   There are no rules for writing resumes. The goal of your resume is to STAND OUT. You cannot distinguish yourself from other job candidates if you blend in with them.

49.   Keep your resume as brief as possible. Given the scores of resumes crossing the desk of hiring authorities, shorter is better. A one- or two- page resume is the norm, but there are exceptions.

50.   Be careful not to conduct the interview in the resume or ask the reader to labor through pages and pages of “stuff”. Be precise, stay on message, and keep your resume effectively succinct.

51.   You must blow your own horn! Your resume is not the place to be humble! It’s the place to confidently show off past achievements and emphasize that you are the best candidate for the job!

52.   Be sure your resume is well organized and reader-friendly. The presentation should be crisp, exciting, and inviting.

53.   When you have completed writing your resume, test-marked it! Identify five to seven people whose opinions you value and ask for their honest feedback. Also, when five to seven people read your resume, this will assure you that there are no typographical or grammatical errors.

54.   Don’t lie. Be innovative and resourceful to get your foot in the door. But do so knowing you’d pass a lie detector test if you were asked about the truthfulness and accuracy of your resume.

55.   Your resume must answer four critical questions. The first three must be answered in 15 to 20 seconds. The four questions are:

a.       What position(s) are you seeking or what are you qualified to do that would be of value to our company or organization?

b.      What results and contributions make you better than other qualified candidates?

c.       What skills, qualifications, and assets do you bring to the job that would lead us to believe you can produce the results you say you can produce?

d.      Can you provide specific results (achievements) that you produced in the past that would indicate that you can produce them in the future?


56.   Know the Law of Messaging: There are about six to eight messages that you have to communicate that make 90 percent of the difference between getting and not getting the interview.

57.   You will create a “showcase” atop your resume. It is in the showcase where you will send your powerful 15-to-20 second message communicating that you are a highly qualified job candidate! In the showcase, include:

a.       The Ultimate Results messages. The Ultimate Results messages communicate to prospective companies and hiring authorities your value, your worth to them.  In other words, what you get paid to produce.

b.      The Core Strength messages. Determine and reveal your six to eight core strengths that would lead a prospective employer to believe you can produce the Ultimate Results.

c.       The Value-Added messages. Value-Added messages communicate to prospective employers not only that you have the skills and qualifications to do the job better than other qualified candidates, but that you bring more to the job than what’s required.


58.   When you work on the employment section, you’ll want to address two distinct components for each job or position that will appear on the resume. 1) your detailed job responsibilities or job description and 2) your achievements and contributions – the results you produced.

59.   Leave off personal information including age, place of birth, marital status, other non-relevant information on your resume unless there is a strategic reason to include it.

60.   Leave off all information relating to religious, political, and other possibly controversial activities or subjects on your resume unless you have a valid reason to include such information.

61.   As a rule, salary history is not included on resumes. If you are seeking a federal job or have other tactical reasons for including salary information, go ahead and include it.

62.   You might want to consider including on your resume the reasons for leaving places of employment. If you have had many jobs in a short of period where you might be perceived as an unreliable job candidate, you may want to provide short, effective, and non-defensive reasons for leaving prior positions.

63.   Don’t underestimate the intelligence of hiring and employment professionals. Do not come across as devious, deceptive, or desperate.

64.   In addition to formal education, employers want to know what you do to continually expand your knowledge and improve your professional skills. What continuing education courses have you attended? How many personal development seminars have you completed? How many personal improvement workshops have you attended? What computer skills are you proficient in? Let employers know you are a lifelong student of your vocation.

65.   If you have military experience, thank you for serving your country. I urge you to present your military experience on your resume as proudly as you wore the uniform.

66.   If you have space on your resume and want to include relevant activities and professional affiliations, include them. If you are a member of professional associations, trade organizations, and business groups, include them.

67.   Cover letter should be short, because most hiring authorities just don’t have time to read lengthy cover letters. Cover letters should be personalized if possible.

68.   The reference portfolio is the secret weapon of the job transition campaign. This tool is made up of professional references that will confirm and validate that the achievements and contributions you noted on your resumes are truthful and accurate.

69.   Creating a video resume is certainly a non-traditional strategy. If you choose to create one, be sure it is professional and well organized and will enhance your campaign.

70.   In tough economies times, consider using a case study portfolio. Case study portfolios give job candidates a clear advantage in landing the best jobs. A case study portfolio can best be described as a mini interview, and include situations you faced in the past that demonstrate that you can meet challenges and solve problems expeditiously, professionally, and cost effectively.  Each case study includes the challenge, the strategy used to confront the challenge, and the successful quantifiable results you attained based on your strategy.

71.   When it comes to ensuring your family’s financial well-being, and securing a meaningful and rewarding, you need to create a written action plan or a Meticulous Action Plan (MAP).

72.   When you create a MAP, you are actually programming your own “employment GPS” so you can go from where you are to where you want to be.

73.   Where you’re done developing your action, you’ll have a highly structured schedule of activities for each day of the week. This includes your job transition campaign as well as your personal, social and fitness activities.

74.   If you are unemployed, you should invest 50, 60 or 70 hours a week on your job campaign. If you have a full-time job, you need to set aside a defined number of hours every week as your investment in your future.

75.   Where you are employed and looking for a better job or out of work seeking a new one, you must hold yourself fully accountable for putting in as many hours as possible and getting the most out of every hour you put in.

76.   The first question you will need to address is, how many hours a week will you commit to your transition campaign? Then, based on the number of weekly hours you’ll invest in getting a new job, your next step is to break weekly hours down into daily hours.

77.   There are 13 primary job transition strategies for landing a job in troubled economic times. Your job is to determine which 4 to 5 strategies will be most effective for you.

a.       Networking and contact development

b.      Target= marketing (identifying companies you want to work for)

c.       Internet searches and postings

d.      Federal jobs

e.      Search firms and employment agencies

f.        Blogs with job listings

g.       Classified advertisements in newspapers and trade journals

h.      Job fairs

i.         College placement departments and alumni associations

j.        Workforce System and One-Stops

k.       Volunteer work

l.         Job transition strategists

m.    Creative self-marketing

78.   Once you have identified which job transition strategies while work best for your campaign, determine when, during the week, you will work on each. You want to create a structured weekly schedule. When you create a structures weekly schedule, you will have a detailed plan with specific daily tasks both for your job campaign and for personal and social activities.

79.   Once you have a structured weekly schedule, you must set goals that you want to achieve from your weekly activities. A MAP without specific goals is not an effective plan. You will want to set specific goals for each strategy so you can track your success or modify the MAP if you are not achieving your weekly goals.

80.   Prepare for the worst-case scenario. It is vitally import ant to remain in a positive, optimistic, and enthusiastic state of mind. But sometimes your plan won’t come to fruition as quickly as you’d like. So expect the best, but plan for the worst. This would include looking at your long- and short-term finances and health and other issues that need to be addressed to free you up to concentrate on getting your next job.

81.   Knowledge is not power. Knowledge is potential power. Power and success come from taking action on what you know. The fifth and final step of the five-step job transition process is that of taking action. Take massive action, implement your MAP, and you’ll get massive results!

82.   Take action and establish your campaign headquarters.  Don’t minimize the importance of having an inspiring place from which to conduct your job transition campaign.

83.   Take action and dress to win! How you dress also determine the way you feel, your productivity, and your outcome. During the day, dress as if you will meet your next employer at any time.

84.   Take action to eliminate obstacles to success. You must devote 100 percent of your resources and energy toward implementing your action plan to land a job in troubled job markets. So take the necessary action to avoid any distractions that will impair your campaign.

85.   Take action to access technology. The internet provides critical information in a timely manner that is necessary to land a job in any job market. You must gain access to a computer and know how to use it to optimize your campaign to quickly land a new job.

86.   Take massive action and network to build your personal sales force. A good percentage of jobs are never advertised, or they are filled before they’re advertised. More than ever, it’s who you know and who you meet that will result in your next job, not what you know or how good you are.

87.   Keep adding people to your network. Where it comes to making new contacts and building new relationships, you can never have enough.

88.   Get LinkedIn, and network online. Use Facebook and other social networking sites if your presence is strictly professional. Online networking is both enjoyable and very effective.

89.   Do not ask people in your network for a job. By doing so, you place them in an uncomfortable position, and they’ll avoid you from that point on. The networking process is one where you seek advice and information, not a job. You are looking for job leads or names of other people who might help you.

90.   Take action to ace the interview. You must be as well prepared for the interview as presidential candidates are for their televised debates!

91.   The interview is an equal encounter between two parties – one who has a position to fill and one who wishes to fill that position. Treat the interview as just a meeting. Although you shouldn’t, by any means, treat this meeting lightly, you must keep in mind that there is a mutual need.

92.   The key to acting the interview is to be well prepared. Prepare to convince the interviewer that you can do the job as well as or better than other candidates, and prepare to convince the interviewer that you’re a good fit with the company.

93.   You must know the company’s needs. You need to know what the organization’s problems are. You must know what the company’s goals and objectives are. And then you need to blow your own horn confidently, not arrogantly, and convince the interviewers that you understand the company’s needs.

94.   While you are proving that you are qualified and capable of doing the job, you must also demonstrate to the interviewer that you are a good fit for the company or organization.

95.   Arrive at the interview knowing the company’s values and culture. In most cases, this information is easily accessible on the company’s website. If, for instance, you know that a company’s values include honesty and integrity and going the extra mile to provide groundbreaking levels of customer service, you must communicate that you share these traits during the interview.

96.   Be prepared to an answer behavioral-based, or “case study” questions. A behavioral-based interview is made up of open-ended questions that ask you to illustrate and explain actual circumstances that you have previously faced.

97.   Behavioral-based questions for candidates new to the job market, such as college graduates or first-time workers, may be hypothetical and “what if” inquiries such as, “If this were to occur while on the job, how would you react?”

98.   If the subject of salary comes up during the interview, the general rule is to try and avoid it until an offer has been made. This is because the greatest leverage you have is after the job offer but before acceptance.

99.   Always mail or email a thank-you note within hours following an interview. Unless you have a reason to do otherwise, keep the message short and subtly show your interest to move forward in the hiring process.

100.                        Be sure your references and “background” are in order so they don’t sabotage your job campaign goals. What you don’t know will hurt and prolong your campaign.

101.                        Consider using an employment proposal. An employment proposal is a proactive, formal, written document submitted to a prospective employer offering your services and outlining a proposed employment arrangement.

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