Job Search Strategies

Information and preparation are essential to moving your career forward. Individual coaching sessions can help you gain an edge and take that next step forward in your career. Coaching is tailored to meet your individual needs, and can be used to enhance your skills in areas including:

Job Search

  • Networking to identify a job
  • Getting and using informational interviews to find “hidden” job opportunities
  • Utilizing your résumé and cover letter to market yourself effectively
  • What to include on your résumé – and what to omit
  • How to submit your résumé most effectively
  • Utilizing job boards to find open positions
  • Maximizing LinkedIn for your job search
  • Making the transition to a new type of position
  • Getting “references” on a potential employer
  • How to best engage corporate recruiters
  • How to deal with recruiters from staffing firms
  • Using referrals in job hunting – and the pitfalls associated with using a referral
  • What happens to an application after it’s submitted to an employer

Interviewing

Steps in preparing for the interview

  • Researching the company
  • Understanding and presenting yourself in alignment with the company’s culture
  • Making a great first impression
  • Dressing for success
  • Interviewing through web methods, such as Skype

Preparation for different types of interviews, including:

  • Behavioral interviews
  • Technical interviews
  • Panel interviews
  • Stress interviews
  • Dealing with illegal interview questions
  • Addressing difficult interview questions
  • Interviewing after not having interviewed for a while
  • Questions to avoid asking
  • Effective interview follow-up

Salary Negotiations

  • Negotiating your salary offer
  • Dealing with relocation packages
  • Understanding how benefits play into the compensation package
  • Dealing with counteroffers
  • When to accept or decline the job

Other Topics

  • How to resign effectively from your current position without burning bridges
  • Finding and obtaining your best possible references
  • Dealing with pre-employment tests
  • What to do if you have a less-than-perfect background check, such as a criminal background, credit problems, or a past firing
  • What to do if your current employer finds out you are looking for a job
  • Interviewing as an older worker – dealing with age discrimination
  • Dealing with a “hole” in your resume
  • Understanding and interpreting online employer reviews
  • Building an effective LinkedIn profile