By BRIAN MOORE
It may be a brand-new year, but for job seekers, the stroke of midnight didnâ€™t change a thing. And for those who are finding traditional routes to employment increasingly fruitless, the New Yearâ€™s Eve celebrations were undoubtedly dismal affairs.
But fret not! We hit up job-search experts for New Yearâ€™s resolutions designed to kick the jobless monkey off an unemployed workerâ€™s back. Here are a few that will help you land work in 2011.
* Club it
Form a potluck dinner club and invite all your friends who are unemployed. Everyone should come in the door with a dish and a handful of leads. It gives you a chance to socialize with people in the same boat for very little cost, and to get leads and ideas from each other. Meet on Friday afternoons, because nobody does any meaningful job search then. And if you slip into a little bit of wine, no problem, because itâ€™s Friday anyway.
â€” Donald Asher, author of â€œCracking the Hidden Job Marketâ€
* Be a giver
Be persistent, but bring something to the table. With some individuals itâ€™s all about them: â€œDid you get my last e-mail? Iâ€™ve e-mailed you three times I havenâ€™t heard from you.â€ All I want to do is delete the e-mail.
Consider that versus someone who is persistent but interesting â€” whoâ€™s sharing a piece of information or whoâ€™s learned something about PwC and relates it to an experience or something theyâ€™ve worked on. Itâ€™s more of a shared relationship as opposed to just a barrage of e-mails.
â€” Holly Paul, national recruiting leader, PwC
* Shape up
Get into shape. Itâ€™d be called discrimination if you didnâ€™t hire somebody based on how they looked. But in the real world, an employer wants to hire the healthiest person possible, because it has to do with performance. Look at our Homeland Security czar, Janet Napolitano. She couldnâ€™t run up a flight of stairs. Would you hire her if you were head of a security firm?
â€” Gerald Celente, founder, Trends Research Institute
* Work for free
March into somebodyâ€™s office and just say, â€œLook, Iâ€™ll be the hardest working guy for this organization if you give me chance. And Iâ€™ll work for you for a month for free. Just give me a chance to prove myself.â€
* Narrow the field
Focus is essential. The FBI has a Top Ten Most Wanted list. They donâ€™t have a Top Thousand Most Wanted list. If youâ€™re looking for 10, itâ€™s much easier. Same principle with a job search. So it starts with clarity.
When you know 10 places where you want to work, find someone on the inside that you can get a meeting with â€” someone who can create a job for you or introduce you to an unadvertised job opening. Itâ€™s an old sales adage: Before you can make a sale, you need to make a friend.
* Stand out
Donâ€™t send a resume. Do something memorable. With so many people looking for work and so few seemingly willing to make the extra effort, the more you can to do show you want this job and not just a job will really pay off.
â€” Jason Fried, co-founder of the software development firm 37 signals and co-author of â€œRework.â€
* Get in their faces
Do everything youâ€™re doing electronically in person. Itâ€™s much easier for me to ignore your e-mail than it would be if you called me. Itâ€™s much easier to ignore a phone message than it would be if you showed up in person. So a lot of what people think is networking isnâ€™t, because theyâ€™re doing it with impersonal technology.â€
â€” Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford business professor and author of â€œPower: Why Some People Have It and Others Donâ€™tâ€
* Hit the books
Take a course that gives you hot skills. It will allow you to answer the question, â€œHow current are you in X?â€ And youâ€™ll get the right vocabulary right at the top of your resume.
â€” Pam Lassiter, career consultant and author, â€œThe New Job Securityâ€
* Aim small
Lower the bar on yourself. A Stanford University research study by Senia Maymin and myself found that graduating seniors actually accomplished more when they tried to do a daily 15-minute block of job searching rather than one three-hour block in a week. A three-hour block is terrifying, but 15 minutes gets you active and making progress.â€
â€” Chip Heath, professor of organizational behavior and co-author of â€œSwitch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hardâ€
* Be inquisitive
Pick a couple of target companies where youâ€™d like to work and request an informational interview with someone who is doing what you want to do. Conduct it like you were a reporter finding out about a day in the life of this person. Ask how they got started, talk about their day-to-day duties and responsibilities. Most people are flattered to answer about the minutiae of their day. And you not only come away with a valuable contact, but you learn a bit about how you can step into that company or that field.
â€” Charles Purdy, senior editor, Monster+HotJobs
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