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5 Actionable Tips for 4th Quarter Job Search Success

Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Transition Networking, Job Search Networking, Personal Branding, Social Networking | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on 5 Actionable Tips for 4th Quarter Job Search Success

Fall brings crisp leaves, apple cider, kids in costumes, families around holiday tables and a drop in job search. For some reason all these things are great except that last one. Why is it that job seekers, both employed and unemployed, relax their search efforts during the 4th Quarter?

Regardless of the reason why, here are some tips on what to do to remain successful during what job seekers think of as a “useless” and “dead” search quarter (hint: plenty of people get hired during Q4).

Tip #1: Do Nothing Different
According to Professor John Millikin of the W.P. Carey School of Business, you should do nothing different. He said, “It may make sense to mentally pull in your expectations for a fourth-quarter start date, but not your efforts. Some companies who operate on a calendar fiscal year may be waiting to hire until the first quarter, but that is certainly not always the case. When companies are hiring, they are basically hiring for the long haul. I was hired in the fourth quarter and have hired people in that quarter, as well.”

Tip #2: Network, Network, Network
This is an important tip during every quarter however, as Melanie Winograd with The Impact Group points out, 4th Quarter has parties and holiday gatherings which makes it a great time to use who you know to identify gaps in organizations that you can fill.

Tip #3: January Hires are recruited in Q4
Lauren Milligan with ResuMAYDAY mentions that while January may be one of the busiest hiring months, the candidates that land during that month come into contact with companies during November and December. If you’re going to land during Q1, you’ll need to be searching actively during Q4.

Tip #4: Keep Interview Skills Fresh
Candidates land interviews, and jobs, in 4th quarter, which means it’s essential to keep your skills fresh. Jeff Gordon, publisher of I Want An Education, recommends you practice their interview skills to enhance them, arrive early when invited to an interview and look your best.

Tip #5: Go Social
If anytime was going to be the time to overcome your fear, and possible frustration, with LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, make it your 4th Quarter job search objective. Social networks are where 67% of companies are investing their recruiting dollars next year and where over 80% of companies source their candidates. Spend more time integrating social media into your search; even it’s just posting that you’re “learning something new today about social media and your search”. It’s a step in the right direction.


Career Coaching Return On Investment: Does It Exist?

Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Career Transition Networking | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Career Coaching Return On Investment: Does It Exist?

As a professional career coach for over a decade, I make it my business to study the trends of the “employment” business. If that sounds odd to you, you’re not alone, in fact my parents are with you. Until I became a published author last year, my parents had such a hard time explaining what I did, much less understanding it, that my mom would regularly as  how my job search was going!  (Don’t tell them but I have a job…that I love, as a career coach.)

Career Coaching: Does It Work?
Yes. Did you expect me to tell you otherwise? On a serious note, it does work and in a variety of ways. According to a study conducted by Metrix Global , the ROI of executive career coaching exceeding 500%, excluding “significant intangible benefits”.  In other words, for every $1 you pay out, you receive (or save, which is the same thing) $5 in return for that investment.  If that sounds high to you, I thought so too which is why I did an investigation of my own.

Of the clients I’ve career coached specific to resume and Linked In essentials, here is the ROI they have experienced:

  • 81% have landed interviews and moved on to the second phase of the hiring process
  • 19% landed new jobs with an average increase in base salary of 14.5%
  • 8% landed new jobs with equal base salary compensation
  • 99% used the new market-focused job search tools created for their search to achieve these results

Intangible Benefits

Career Coaching ROIIf money was everything in life, I would never have become a career coach or published author. The intangible benefits are what get keep us happy, strong, committed and smiling on days when life seems bleak or when – as a struggling entrepreneur you’re eating the same dinner three times a week.  These are the intangibles. Study after study, from the Society of Human Resources Management to the International Coaching Federation and Metrix Global, prove that intangibles benefits rank higher to individuals than increased compensation. In two of these studies, survey’s respondents cited:

  • 52% increase in self-confidence
  • 60% increase in personal and work productivity
  • 53% increase in career satisfaction

Coaching ROI Exists, Now What?

Now that you know career coaching generates a 500% ROI for your financial investment, increases your self-confidence by 52% and career satisfaction by 53%, what’s next? That question is for you to answer. Are you ready for an executive career coaching? Do you want to change careers? Is it time to get inspired and engage a professional career coach?  Wherever you find yourself, know that the best results come by creating a clearly defined coachable goal and connecting with the right career coach from day one.

 



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