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What Tools Do You Need?

Assess what tools you’ll apply to expediting your job-hunting goals. Are you job hunting because you need a job or because you want a job? People tend to prioritize needs and wants  differently. If you need new work, chances are higher that you are being proactive, screening classifieds daily and submitting  applications more often than you would if you were waiting for an opportunity you wanted to come along when you were ready.   Are you job hunting during your leisure time?   Are you keeping your job search to yourself for the sake of  privacy?   Are you signing up with job/temp agencies?     Are you networking among friends and family?     Are you networking through trade and professional associations?   Are you only applying to jobs online? In person? By mail? 

Beware of Job Titles

Remember that not all job titles translate perfectly into the job market. A person working as a Vice President in one company  may actually be the equivalent of a Director in another company. There are many factors that account for different job titles, such as the size of the company, the company’s  organizational structure, the industry, etc. Pay ranges also vary for some positions due to the market demand for various  skill sets, the type of company, regional market salary data among competitors, and other factors; all these ultimately prove that negotiation is a helpful tool in bridging compensation gaps. If applicants bring value to the table,  employers will at least consider their asking price, rather than rejecting them outright. 

Get Out of Your Own Way

Get out of your own way. Ask yourself, “Why am I seeking new job opportunities?”   Do you want to sign another job offer and find yourself in a rut within a few weeks of beginning work in the new position? This is your opportunity to break free from being stuck living the life  of a clock-watcher and begin thinking like an entrepreneur. You are the CEO of your life . No one can limit what you do with your potential but yourself. Readjust that mindset and create a game plan to take advantage of your next opportunity. 

Remain Flexible in Your Opportunity Search

Remain flexible and open-minded as you start job hunting.  Too often people seek their job leads on specific job boards, seek specific job titles, seek specific pay, seek specific yada yada—get the point? People sometimes limit their options  while wanting to find the best opportunity out there. They need to broaden their job searches for better job leads to filter into  their path. Every now and then we get in our own way by  restricting our chances of attaining the best possible outcome when pursuing our goals.   This doesn't mean that you should lower your standards. Remain mentally and emotionally flexible to entertain opportunities that you typically would overlook for one reason or another. Honor your values and your opportunity parameters set for your search. Refrain from being impulsive when responding to your submissions, follow up correspondence and inquiries.

Focus on Recent Job Postings

Focus on submitting your resume to online job classifieds that are recent, posted no more than thirty days ago. The recent job postings will prompt faster responses, letting you know about your resume status. While there is no set formula to adhere to when applying for positions in the job market, job candidates should ideally focus on jobs posted in the last seventy-two hours to two weeks. There are instances when  companies update their job classifieds but keep circulating their requisitions in the market for months, to assess job candidates and market trends. 

Create a Versatile Resume

Focus on writing a marketable resume. Make some effort; pay attention to the diction and presentation. Do not assume employers know what your current role entails and how it aligns with their needs. Not all job titles, job descriptions, and  job responsibilities are seen as equal in the global workplace. 

This is a "No-No"

Collecting job classifieds and sending out resumes in a mass email is a big “no.” Focus and make the effort to customize your submissions when emailing your cover letters and resumes.   The latter isn't considered an efficient strategy. It's tacky and it clearly conveys you haven't made the effort to know who or what you're pitching yourself to. If you're not putting in the proper investment in selling yourself, why should these third parties care about who you are and what you do? If you treat them like another number, they'll treat you as a statistic too. It's fair game.  Don't rely on common sense. Apply good sense. 

Focus, Focus, Focus

Focus: maintain a perspective. When there are many obligations hanging over us, it can be challenging to maintain focus as we seek new avenues for professional growth. It becomes even more stressful when, for various reasons, there  are time constraints to seeking a job. Sometimes people react  out of anxiety and fear because moving into unknown territory can be daunting.   Job seekers should ask themselves the following questions:     How much time will I invest in job hunting on a daily basis?   Thirty minutes a day? One hour a day?   What specific days of the week? For how long?  Am I only investing my energy in this on weekends?     Is my resume up to date?   Does my resume require customization for specific roles?   Am I able to justify the career history in my resume?  (Education, tenure, job gaps, examples of skills and  performance.)   What resources am I using to seek my next job opportunity?  (Networking, websites, joining industry-specific  associations, etc.)   Am I flexibl

Embrace YOUR Reality

Embrace your reality. Be really honest about your present circumstances. Do not embark upon a journey because of third parties, from friends to family members, commenting on how you should live your life. Loved ones and acquaintances may share their opinions about how you can improve your life, including your professional endeavors, but it’s your life to live. You have to live with the decisions you make in all aspects of your life.   Know yourself first by understanding what’s important to you. Acknowledging your needs and wants will help you formulate strategies that work for you as you make these professional and life changes. 

Think Before You Act

Think before you act. Set your intention by asking yourself these questions:   Am I job hunting due to unemployment?   Am I job hunting to change careers?   Am I job hunting to change positions within the same industry?     Why am I job hunting?   Is it for better … pay? Promotion? Boss? A move?     Would I cease my job hunting if my current employer made me a better offer?   How serious am I about job hunting?  Remember talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. How serious are you about making these changes?

Be Honest with Yourself

Be honest with your answers. The answers to these questions (referenced in 'Get IN the Mindset') will determine how well candidates navigate through their job search. Incomplete answers invite more hurdles for job seekers along the way, because their goals are not clear.  Establish a clear intention to assist your career efforts so that  the universe can filter the right possibilities waiting to embrace  you:   “I am seeking a position in (industry name) that grants me the ability to (name the positive benefits). I know this position exists, therefore I am ready to welcome it into my life.”     When we are unsure about what we seek in life, our minds are not focused on filtering the right opportunities into our path. It’s  important to believe in your goal in order to attract the right  momentum and resources to reach it. Most people have the  impression that money and time are the key factors in  reaching a goal. This is absolutely not true. An individual  presenting the right

Get IN the Mindset

Get in the mindset. When starting your job search, ask yourself the following questions:   What industry/industries interest me?   What type of companies within these industries do I prefer?   Private Sector vs. Public Sector   Start Up Companies, Established Organizations Profit or Non-Profit Organizations All of the Above? What is the size of the company I prefer?   Large: 500+ employees   Medium: 150–499 employees   Small: 1–149 employees   Are the Companies Regional, National, International / Global? What type of work schedule do I prefer?   Fixed vs. Flexible Work Schedule  Part-Time, Full-Time, Flex Time Opportunities Temporary, Contract, Contract to Hire, Direct Hiring Freelancing, Consulting or Custom Work Arrangements  Am I willing to travel or relocate for work?   How much time am I willing to invest daily seeking my next  opportunity?  Ask yourself why you prefer the parameters that you've set in your search? Make sure you're progressing towards your goal for the rig

KNOW -- Know Your Why

Food For Thought Know yourself.   Know what you need.   Know what you want.   Know how to get to your destination.   Know your why.

Kashing Karma - Introduction

Dear Readers,   I’m glad you’ve chosen to entertain Kashing Karma archives to assist you in your professional endeavors. This blog presents job-hunting tips and strategies that  allow you to make the most of your limited time and resources.  Whether you are unemployed or just keeping your career options open, incorporating these tips into your overall approach will help you reach your goals. While each individual will find that some tips  resonate more than others, it’s important to focus on the bigger  picture —we reap what we sow.   Throughout most of our lives, while working in various contexts, we invest our health, energy, and emotions into opportunities that  do not always yield long-term success. The harsh reality is that no one can guarantee us lifelong security; it is something we must achieve for ourselves. It is imperative that we make the effort to  use all our talents, whether as employees or as entrepreneurs, to secure their karmic fruits and host an abundant harvest seas