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Dear Job Seekers, Stop Putting All of Your Eggs in One Basket

I have the pleasure of partnering with a wide variety of senior executives and savvy professionals โ€“ all eager (and some anxious) about their impending job search.

Clients approach me with a common goal: to create a resume to help secure a job.

However, a large portion of these professionals get derailed in their search by focusing efforts exclusively on either one step of the process (locate job postings) or one tool (develop a resume).

Many job seekers forget thatย a job search is a journey of many activities and actions that must be strategically arranged and adequately executed to increase success.

And just like skipping the baking soda when you bake a cake can result in it falling flat, focusing all job search efforts on one โ€˜basketโ€™ will produce lacklustre results.

Take a well-known project management professional. She approached me, saying her resume: “simply needs building upon to position me on paper better.” She was partially right.

She did have the resume basics down, but the document hadn’t been dusted off for many years, and it was doing nothing to represent her as a modern candidate.

After discussing current resume trends and strategies, she agreed to have her resume rebuilt, leveraging modern tactics that better positioned her unique value and helped her stand out. Yet she didn’t want the same communication upgrade done to her social media accounts or other career documents.

Even after recognizing that she was โ€˜behind the timesโ€™ in her job search communications, this professional felt that a solid resume was all that was required to win the job.

I made a similar discovery working with a sales executive who admitted that his job search approach would comprise of getting a resume and cover letter in order and then focusing efforts on online job boards.

Networking? He hadn’t thought about it.ย ย 

Finally, there was a VP of finance who was proud of his communication skills and felt that if he had a great resume, the rest would be a breeze.

He boasted that he could win a job offer in an interviewย if he just had an excellent resume to get his foot in the door. However, during our strategyย session, heย struggled to articulate his value and stumbled on simple career questions.

I suggested interview coaching would be beneficial to support the delivery of career content. Did he agree? No, he felt he was ‘an excellent communicatorโ€™ already.

All of these clients had one thing in common.ย They were putting their job search efforts (eggs) into one basket, not evaluating and tackling ALL of the necessary tasks.

Yes, a good resume and cover letter are required (even in todayโ€™s digital age), but a resume alone won’t get you a job.

Active social media profiles are a necessity because Google is the new resume. Employers look up candidates online. If they locate a LinkedIn profile full of unrelated content that does not match what the resume shares – then expertise may be questioned or passed by.

Practice is required if a candidate hasn’t conducted a formal interview for several years. Many job seekers crumble under interview pressure, leaving them flummoxed about why they never get the coveted offer.

Finally, applying for jobs online has proven to have some of the lowest ROI.ย It is imperative to talk to many people in the target areas during the process. Many job seekers are completely overlookingย the power of networking and referrals.

So please job seekers, gather your eggs (all of them!) and start nurturing your efforts in multiple areas.

Dedicate time and attention to each job search step, including creating a job search strategy that involves more than online job trolling.

Your checklist:

โœ๏ธ Pick a target before you execute.ย 

A shot fired in the dark is unlikely to hit a target. Identify a clear job target before you commence a search to avoid spinning your wheels in frustration. General job searches rarely work.

โœ๏ธย Discover what sets you apart.

You canโ€™t sell something if you donโ€™t know what makes it worthy of investment. Identify notable career achievements to support your value.

โœ๏ธย Research job requirements and understand employerโ€™s buying motivators.ย 

This will help you keep all content and communications targeted.

โœ๏ธย Get career documents perfectly polishedย (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, executive biography, references sheet, and thank you letter). Yes, potentially all of these.

โœ๏ธย Beef up your online presence.

Keep information on-brand and highly professional. If you aren’t on LinkedIn – Join. Now. Then engage on the site regularly.

โœ๏ธย Iron out โ€˜wrinklesโ€™ or employment barriers.

Got a job gap? Missing skill sets? What other challenges are you likely to face in the journey and how are you prepared to deal with them?

โœ๏ธย Prepareย for the interview.

This involves practice and preparation.ย See my post “The 4-P Interview Formula”ย for more tips.

โœ๏ธย Network.

Both online and off. One of the biggest ROI in a job search is networking and referrals.ย 


Finally, seek assistance if you need it. You don’t need to tackle this journey alone. Be open to suggestions, and invest โ€“ fully! You canโ€™t just dip your toe in the employment waters and expect a quick and well-suited bite.

Similarly, you canโ€™t dump all your eggs into one basket and expect instant success. You need to go all-in, keeping in mind that โ€˜looking for a job is a jobโ€™ย so it will take effort and energy on many different levels.

Now that you understand what needs to get done – itโ€™s time to get cracking!


Adrienne Tom

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