6 ways to Accelerate your Job Search in the New Year!

If you truly want to jump start and accelerate your job search, you may need a different approach. You’ve heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results. If what you’re doing in your job search is not working, you need a new approach that will get the results you’re looking for.

At The Dream Life Team, we offer a comprehensive 6-Step Job Acceleration plan that goes far beyond Resume Writing and Career Coaching – few others out there can offer job seekers all that we offer. All 6 steps are needed to be hired, and our mantra is simple –

“We help ambitious leaders get hired up to 50% to 75% faster into their DREAM JOB by meeting with 10x more hiring managers.”

We cover these items in our comprehensive 6-Step Job Search Acceleration Plan, as all steps are needed to secure employment:

Step 1 – Discovery: Get focused by defining the ideal next role or career

Yes, I know you may want to dive right into your job search.  Taking a little bit of time to get focused at the start of your search will actually save you time though, as you’ll be more focused.  If you’re not focused you’ll be overwhelmed from chasing too many opportunities that are not the right fit.

Getting focused is easier and faster than you think.  It is the most important step in finding and getting a dream job.  It is what drives all other activities, and increases the possibility of a shorter job search.

First you’ll decide on what are the “must have’s” for your new job or career, and then truly identify your dream position – what will truly make you jump out of bed each morning excited to start the day. We will explore and define the ideal role / career.  This is done through a variety of exercises and then reviewed with the career coach.  We will define the ideal Internal FIT (what fulfills, self-identity and personality type) and External FIT (desired function, industry / interest, and values).

Step 2 – Branding Exercises

This is one of the most exciting parts of the job search process.  Through a number of exercises, you’ll define the authentic “you” and identify your greatest strengths, why someone should hire you and how to communicate your brand.  Lastly you’ll document your SMART stories.  This means you will identify and quantify major accomplishments for each job.  These will be used in the resume and in interviewing.

Step 3 – Resume Development / Personal Marketing Documents

Next, we’ll ensure you have an outstanding resume and LinkedIn profile so that you can secure a job interview.   A resume will be created that highlights your strengths, showcases your accomplishments and really “pops”.  The resume will be keyword rich and have a strong summary section / accomplishments.  A keyword rich LinkedIn profile will also be created.   Other marketing documents you’ll need include: Cover Letter / Networking Letters, Biography.

Step 4 – Targeted Job Search – Tap the Hidden Job Market

How many jobs interviews have you had?  How many opportunities are in your pipeline?  Too often, job seekers simply scan the internet for job openings, and are missing the majority of hidden opportunities.   It’s been reported that 80% of positions never become an advertised opening – these “hidden” jobs are filled when there is not yet an opening; when there is an existing need but no action has been taken to fill the position; and when there is an “open” yet not yet advertised job.   Tapping this “hidden” job market will greatly expand your opportunities.  Your targeted search will be run alongside a traditional search consisting of submitting resumes for advertised positions, contacting recruiters and career events.   In a targeted search, we will assist you by:

  • Delivering training on how to tap the hidden job market
  • Identifying companies you want to work for so you can target both opportunities and openings
  • Providing access to the targeted opportunities by identifying the hiring managers
  • Connecting you with hiring decision makers and using personal branding materials to position you as the solution to their needs.

Step 5 – Acing the Interview Process

Once you have an interview scheduled, you’ll need to shine as you answer questions and in your follow-up marketing documents.  This will enable you to stand out from the dozen or so other final candidates and secure an offer. We assist with the following:

  • Interview Preparedness
  • Thank you letters
  • 90-day action plans
  • Salary negotiation tactics

Step 6 – Check-ups

To ensure momentum continues, we offer 15-minute check-ups on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, or as often as desired.  Check-in calls can be used to answer questions, provide accountability and offer encouragement.

Did you know…? People who work with a Career Coach find jobs 15 – 46% faster than those who don’t! (Lee Hecht Harrison study)

We know that time is money, and that the sooner you get hired, the sooner you will be generating a salary.

  • Resume and job search marketing services will bring you a return on investment (ROI) many times over the initial investment, as they help you get a new job faster.   If you’re unemployed, finding a job one month faster will yield an ROI of $8,000 for every multiple of $100,000 in salary.  That’s an ROI of $24,000 in finding a job 3 months faster for a $100k job; or $48,000 in finding a job 3 months faster for a $200k job. Accelerating the attainment of your next position puts a tremendous amount of money in your pocket faster.

If you’re looking to jumpstart your current job search, or even if you’re just getting started, give us a call and we will get you on the fast-track to your dream opportunity!

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