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Tips for staying afloat in a grim job market

tips_job_market_090203_mn.jpgIf you walked around midtown Manhattan during the summer, you might have seen the financial executive, in his late 40s, who paraded around in a sandwich board declaring “Experienced MIT Grad for Hire” and handing out copies of his resume.

A few months later, you might have come across a group of job-hunting, 20-something recent graduates promoting their skills though sidebar advertisements on Facebook and links to their online resumes.

What intrigues me about these methods is not just the guts these job seekers displayed. It’s the different generational approaches to self-promotion. The baby boomer gravitated to in-person, face-to-face networking; the Millennial went right to the Web.

If you are looking for a job in the current recession, my best advice is to borrow from the playbook of both of these self-promoters: combine “old-fashioned” methods with new technologies. Diane K. Danielson, my colleague and co-author on the book The Savvy Gal’s Guide to Online Networking, calls this a “clicks and mix” strategy, and it’s an important marketing strategy if you’re looking for a new position.

Here’s why: Young adults are competing in the job market with much more qualified people who have been laid off and need to find any job they can. At the same time, older professionals are competing with younger workers who are willing to be hired for less money and security. And, in this economy, every job seeker has to try every job-hunting method available.

Here are some self-marketing tips for job seekers of all generations: click here to read the rest of this article on ABC News on Campus…

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  1. Career Advice: 13 Steps To Help Secure Your Job

    There may be forces at work beyond your control that put your job at risk, but there are at least 13 steps you can take to help secure your employment and advance you on your career path.

    1. Come to work early and stay late.

    2. Take on extra assignments with a can-do attitude. Volunteer to help others with their assignments.

    3. Find ways to do more with less.

    4. Park your personal problems off the job.

    5. Meet deadlines. Stay on budget.

    6. Don’t complain about your workload, especially to your boss.

    7. Don’t criticize your boss, your employer or your associates.

    8. Understand the condition of your employer’s business. Don’t pass along rumors.

    9. Maintain your network of contacts on and off the job…just in case things go sour with your job.

    10. Learn new skills that will improve your performance and prepare you for a promotion.

    11. Maintain your sense of humor; cut out the practical jokes and horsing around that disrupt work.

    12. Be sure your boss knows of your contribution and accomplishments.

    13. Be sure your boss knows of your contribution and accomplishments. If your employer
    doesn’t provide regular performance reviews, ask your boss to discuss your performance
    and your career goals.

    These 13 steps can help assure career success in good times and bad.

    I wish you career success!
    Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
    Common Sense At Work

  2. Randi Bussin says:

    Great article about tips for staying afloat. What I find interesting is how the 45+ crowd is resistant to online social tools to help them expand their network. I Tweeted on this yesterday. I have 2 clients, both 50+ who refuse to use LinkedIn and other tools, but who are also complaining bow they have run out of contacts. I am 100% for a “clicks and mix” strategy.

  3. @Ramon – thank you for adding these helpful tips!

    @Randi – glad you agree with the “clicks and mix” strategy. I can’t imagine not using every tool available, especially in this job market.


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  6. This is a very timely article. How to face the challenges in this grim market is a topic that everybody wants to read about.

  7. Career Advice: How To Be One Of The Top 20 And Gain Job Security
    Ramon Greenwood

    Eighty percent of the work is done by twenty percent of the people employed. This rule of thumb proves to be true no matter the type or size of the organization.

    Common sense career advice says work your butt off to be sure you are among the top 20 who are getting the job done. That’s a major step toward job security in these times of economic uncertainty.

    Here are some career tips on how to be in the top 20.

    Know where your job fits in the scheme of things and what is expected from you. If you and your boss haven’t agreed on a clear picture of your career path, ask for directions.

    Monitor and document your on-the-job performance month-by-month. Gain strength and confidence from your achievements. Learn from your mistakes.

    Make sure you are receiving regular performance appraisals, so you can make mid-course corrections on your career path, and your employer recognizes the results you are producing. Assure your boss you want to assume more responsibility. Seek additional training to improve your value to your current employer and increase your chances of landing a new job if the pink slip comes.

    Work with a plan that sets career goals with specific actions and timelines.

    Prepare a fallback plan covering actions you would take if you were to lose your job.

    Find out what challenges your boss is facing. Make his job easier, not harder. Demonstrate you are helping him to reach his career goals.

    Stay up to date on what’s happening with your company and the business sector in which you work.

    Do more with less. Go above and beyond the call of duty.
    Take the initiative; come up with new ideas. Come in early, stay late.

    As added insurance, refresh and extend your contacts within and outside of the organization that employs you.

    Solve problems, don’t create them. Don’t require special attention from your boss and your co-workers.

    Be a team player. Share the workload, as well as the credit.

    Recognize there are no shortcuts to career success.

    Don’t Let Negative Nellies Block Your Career Path

    There’ll always be Negative Nellies who will try to distract you from maintaining your top 20 position. If you let them, they can throw you off your career path.

    Here are five steps you can take to thwart the negativists who inhabit all organizations.

    1. Distinguish between negativism and analytical questioning. The former is destructive; the latter is constructive.

    2. Don’t waste time and energy arguing with those who are habitually negative. Overlook them. Avoid gossiping and spreading rumors.

    3. Act quickly and decisively to examine and reject wanton negative doubts.

    4. Take action to advance your career plans when the odds are reasonably in favor of success despite those who deal in negative thoughts.

    5. Avoid the company of negative thinkers. Their attitudes are contagious. Don’t engage in I-told-you-so when the negative thinkers turn out to be wrong. That only invites more of the same from them.

    For free career coaching click here: You’ll receive The Career Accelerator, Ramon Greenwood’s semi-monthly newsletter. You can also participate in his Your Blog For Career Advice via this route. Both are free. No cost/no obligation. Greenwood’s career advice comes from a world of experience, including serving as Senior Vice President of American Express, an entrepreneur, professional director, career coach and author.

  8. Dubai Jobs says:

    Agreed!! Linkedin and Facebook have been a real help in this grim job market.

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