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“Proactive Job Search” Presentation @ Dublin City Libraries

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I was privileged to be invited to present at the “LAI Taskforce on Employment Support” event facilitated by Dublin City Libraries on 27th Nov 2010. Well done to the 35+ people who braved the tough weather conditions to attend the event.

I presented about “Proactive Job Search”. The key points are outline below!!

ACTION – “Success is connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don’t quit”. There are no short cuts and you must be willing to pay the price. The harder you work the luckier you will get.

FEEDBACK – Record your activity. Results never lie. Recording activity, and seeking feedback, will allow you to identify what is working and what is not working. NB: Einstein defines insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

CREATIVITY – Inject creativity to stand out when targeting advertised jobs or the “M50 of the job market”. If you are not getting the results you desire – start taking risks / injecting creativity. NB: Risk-Taking is defined as “actions that might have undesirable results”. This means your actions could have desirable results!!

ATTACK THE JOB MARKET – Don’t react to the job market. Apply the 80/20 rule. Spend 80% of your time on proactive job search strategies like networking, social media networking, speculative application, or voluntary work. Implement visibility strategies to help the hidden opportunities find you. STOP hiding behind your CV!!

Become SOCIAL MEDIA Savvy – Social Media has changed they way we search for jobs and manage our careers. Embrace tools like LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter.

Become the “KING OF NETWORKING” – A least 2 out of every 3 jobs is not advertised. You will find this by effective networking. Manage your existing network and seek out new connections.

Think SALES!! – Learn how to sell yourself because nobody is going to do this for you.

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Good luck with your job search ….