Make a Comeback in Your Job Search

By Joyce Bethoney on February 14, 2017

 

With the amazing Super Bowl win by my beloved New England Patriots, I couldn’t help but think about big comebacks—and how the Pats’ history-making comeback could inspire even the football uninitiated.

I’ve been hearing from a lot of folks lately who are deeply discouraged by their job search. I see the frustration at all levels—senior, mid and junior. And this is where the Patriots come in. Their confidence, resiliency and ability to rally—all in the face of insurmountable odds—translated into jaw-dropping success. Their example of mental toughness yielding great results is a lesson easily applied to a job search.

Having confidence when things are going your way is easy. Having confidence when you’re down is not. Here are some things to remember to help you retain confidence (and momentum) during your search:

It’s temporary. Whether you’ve lost a job or are leaving of your own accord, a search is not forever. Give yourself moments to acknowledge the vulnerability and sadness you may feel, but then, let them GO.

Focus on the positive. When interviewing folks who are a bit down, I point out their positive skills and guide them toward their strengths. By focusing on positives and identifying fixes for weaknesses, you have a much better chance of staying upbeat and enthusiastic—two keys to finding a great job.

Have a plan. Develop a reasonable timeline/plan and execute it. You can’t look for a job ten hours a day.  Block two hours in the a.m. and two hours in the p.m. Set up time for interviews and network in your industry. Be proactive—get in front of everyone you know and ask for referrals.

Exercise. If you ever needed a release of dopamine, it’s now. And whether you’re still in a job or out of work, you need to get out and move.

Do something for someone else. While you may be dealing with your own struggle, take some time every week to do something kind for others. Volunteer at a dog shelter, visit an elderly person, shovel a neighbor’s driveway. By doing something, anything, for someone else, you’ll take the focus off yourself for a minute and reap the mental benefits that come with volunteerism and being a little selfless.

Keep the faith. Staying positive during a job search isn’t always easy. It can be incredibly hard work. TRUST that you will survive it. Believe that you have the mental toughness and fortitude to get through it. And if you’re down right now, it’s time to mount your comeback.  

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7 Things to Do Right Now If You're Looking for a New Job

By Mary Truslow on January 06, 2017

Is it just me or does this new year feel particularly introspective? Have you spent the last week thinking about goals and projects for the year ahead?

Should I take a trip? Is it time to renovate the kitchen? Is it time for a new job?

Sometimes “new year/new job” is a fleeting thought, but other times, January 1 is a catalyst for a career move that is a long time coming. If you’re serious about looking for a new role, here are seven things you can do right now to shift from musing to moving.

1) Know yourself and what matters to you. This may sound trite, but I cannot tell you how many jobseekers I speak with who, when asked what they want and what they’re looking for, honestly have no idea. Before you start your search, start with yourself. Determine what your strengths are, your must-haves, and your goals for your next role.

2) Research the market. Particularly if you've been off the market for a while, research the skills in demand. "Relevancy" is huge, so identify the language being used in job openings to emphasize your relevant, in-demand skills across your resume, LinkedIn profile, portfolio, etc.

3) Use your network. This has been said many times, but it can't be said enough. Your network is the best, most underutilized resource for finding a new job. But it requires outreach. Identify contacts/advocates at the companies you want to work for and connect. Or find someone in your network who has a connection at those companies. Maybe you pursue a referral or introduction. Maybe you secure an informational interview. Is networking intimidating? Yes. Is it impossible? No.

4) Google yourself. Before you start your search, make sure your social presence is...presentable. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all of it. In the marketing and creative industry, your social accounts are a great way to showcase your point of view as well as your professional and personal values. Just be sure that your presence is consistent, appropriate and true to you. (And if you have "digital" in your job title, know that employers expect more from you online, e.g. more than ten connections on LinkedIn.)

5) Have a strategy and a game plan. A real game plan. Complete with a "hire by" date. Putting a date on the calendar for when you want to be in your next job will help keep you motivated.

6) Perfect your resume, LinkedIn profile and portfolio. These tools should be clear, consistent and an honest representation of who you are and what you've done. Read your resume aloud. At the end of each point, ask yourself the question, "So what?" This exercise will streamline your resume, illuminate the value you bring and better prepare you for inevitable interview questions like—Can you tell me about a problem you helped solve?

7) Get out of your comfort zone. Here's the truth. Looking for a new job is daunting. Particularly now that finding a job requires more networking than ever before. But, I implore you, don’t settle for online job boards. Find new connections and reconnect with old. Take a class. Connect with me! Get creative and proactive. There’s something pushing you to look. So, work a little harder, take a few risks, and find the job you deserve.

Wishing the Happiest of Holidays to Our Clients and Candidates!

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The New Normal of Job Search and How You Can Compete

By Joyce Bethoney on October 04, 2016

“There is nothing so stable as change.” --Bob Dylan

During my time working in staffing over the last 13 years, I have seen many ups and downs in our business. Largely driven by the economy. The economy is strong with the Dow over 18000.00, an unemployment rate at 5.5% and mortgage rates at 3.39%. It is undeniably a good economy. 

It’s also a candidate’s market. However, this doesn’t mean that jobseekers waltz in and secure any job their hearts desire. Landing a job has become exponentially more sophisticated than it was ten years ago. And even though there are more jobs and opportunities at the moment, the process is complex, competitive and doesn’t result in everyone getting a job just because they meet most of the requirements.

Here are a few things to do to increase your opportunities and offers in a market like this.

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Why the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law Is Good for Everyone

By Mary Truslow on August 16, 2016

As a recruiter in Massachusetts, it’s been a very big news week. The passing of the equal pay law, heralded by many as the most progressive in the country, is a huge win for women and minorities. And because this legislation promotes transparency, fair pay and market equity in all instances, it’s really a win for everyone.

From my perspective, here are some of the ways the new law, which goes into effective July 2018, will benefit all...

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