For the individuals that have just been made redundant or are
preparing themselves for a layoff, this translates into an
increasingly competitive job search. With all of this in mind,
LBH Consultants have put together some hopefully useful tips
that will guide you through this difficult period and give you
an advantage to find the right job during this period.
- Stay Organized: You as the individual
are now soliciting more companies and networking with more
people to find the next job. This requires you to be
extremely organized during your job search. Establish a
centralized database to store information, such as: the
company and interviewer’s name and title; the company’s
products and services; the date of the job interview; and
the status of interviews, thank you notes, and other
- Focus Your Accomplishments: A resume is
the perfect place to boast. Clearly list key
accomplishments, and the correlating impact under each job
listing. Each impact statement should begin with the results
of the achievement. For example, “Cut overhead costs by 25
percent by streamlining workflow and centralizing
operations.” Load the resume with active verbs and keyword
nouns. Active verbs sell the employer and keyword nouns
increase the odds of your resume being found in a resume
- Consider a Functional Resume: If you
are considering a career transition–as is the case for many
job seekers in recently impacted fields, such as the
construction and Oil & Gas industries–a functional resume is
needed. A functional resume highlights cross-over skills and
achievements and downplays job titles and industries. This
is an ideal way to show prospective employers that you’re
perfect for the job, even though your experience may not be
- Research and Prepare: Make a distinct
impression by being the best-prepared job candidate.
Research information on the company before the interview,
and use this information to ask educated questions during
the interview. Some employers have even interviewed
candidates who were armed with a printout highlighting
important facts about the company’s products and services
found on the company’s website.
- Follow-up Frequently: Since our clients
are now interviewing many job seekers for one position, it
is important to regularly remind your recruitment consultant
that you are still available and interested. Reminders work
well through frequent follow-up with phone calls, e-mails,
and written notes.
- Be Realistic about your salary expectations:
The high-flying days of the dot.com era are history. Have
realistic expectations while negotiating a compensation
package. Research the competitive salary range for the
position within the specific geographic region, along with
vacation time, and other components of a compensation
package. Hold out for you’re worth, but be open and
flexible. And remember to always let the employer bring up
the topic of compensation first.
- Present Sample Work: Since you want to
stand out from the rest of the competition, impress
prospective employers by bringing a portfolio of best work
samples to the interview, even if it was not requested.
Compile both recent and dated samples of work to demonstrate
expertise and results achieved at prior jobs. Be ready to
discuss the ideas and strategy behind each sample.
The market is fierce when it comes to
finding a job today, but job seekers who follow these tips are
sure to come out on top.