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what you want,
take time to
figure out what
it is before
Unemployment is scary! Bills to
pay, a family to support, and prob-
ably the need to learn a whole new
social media, millions of job post-
ings, scammers targeting desperate
job seekers, resumes (or not?),
cover letters (or not?), LinkedIn (or
You need a job as soon as possible!
Here's how to do that.
THE KEY to Finding a New Job
Quickly: Knowing and Telling People
the Job You Want
Because he didn't want to limit his
opportunities, a job seeker recently
posted this open-ended response to a
Discussion asking LinkedIn Group
members what job they were looking
"Looking for a job opportunity."
No kidding! Nothing specific -
just "a job opportunity" - any old job
would do, apparently. No one
responded because, in reality, no one
could respond intelligently.
Generic Requests Are Wasted
Job seekers have told me that they
ask for generalized help, as above, to
keep their "options open." And they
give generic responses to the what-
do-you-want question so they can
"be flexible" in response to any
opportunity that may present itself.
Whether in an email, a LinkedIn
Group, or a face-to-face discussion,
be specific about the job you are
seeking. Being vague seems logical,
but it doesn't work!
I've spoken to at least 1,000 job
seekers and, when someone tells me,
"I am looking for anything!" they are
telling what my grandmother called
"a bald-faced lie." No one can do
"anything" (tight-wire walker, brain
surgeon, and bank robber?), at least
not well enough to make a living
Furthermore, I've never seen a job
posted for someone to do
"anything." (And if there was such a
job posting, I strongly recommend
NOT taking that job! )
If someone asks what you want,
it's usually because they want to
help if they can. Don't waste those
opportunities. It is in your best
interest to be easy to help -- be
prepared, be brief, and be focused.
Generic Responses Seem
Often the person who offers the
"anything" response says it with a
look of panic in his or her eyes and
several exclamation points after it.
I'LL TAKE ANYTHING!!!
That's not a good impression to
give someone who could be your
connection to a new job.
You need to be clear and confident
about what you want to avoid giving
the impression that you are
desperate. Whether you've been
unemployed for two days or two
years, don't hesitate to tell anyone
who asks the job you want, and don't
feel apologetic or embarrassed about
being unemployed. Sadly, millions of
people are unemployed right now!
Think about it - you probably
avoid desperate people, but you are
impressed by confident ones. Most
of us react the same way. So, when
you are prepared, you can present
yourself confidently and clearly.
Be Specific about What You Want
You can be more confident and
clear about what you want if you
take time to figure out what it is
before someone asks. And, you can
modify your answer later, if you need
to.If you don't know where to start,
think about the terms you use when
searching through the jobs on a job
Then, rather than an I'll-take-
anything desperation answer, when
someone asks what job you are
looking for, tell them -
• The job title(s) that interest you
-- maximum of 3.
• The industry(ies) or class(es) of
employers that interest you --
maximum of 2.
• The employer(s) that interest
you -- minimum of 10.
• The location(s) preferred.
Follow up with a brief explanation
of the reasons you are interested in
those job titles, industries, and
• A summary of your background
(e.g. 3 years working as a project
lead in a Ruby-on-Rails
environment for an eCommerce
• One or two major related
accomplishments (e.g. led the
successful implementation of 2
new applications to collect user
feedback and product reviews)
Your goal is to give someone a very
good idea of what you want next.
Something concrete and memorable.
Productively Answer the What-
Going back to our example at the
beginning of this article, this job
seeker would have received much
more useful responses if he had
written something like this, as
appropriate for him:
"I am seeking a job opportunity as
a senior IT project manager in the
banking industry like Bank A or Bank
B, preferably in the greater Atlanta
area. I have 5 years of experience at
[name of bank], specializing in data
and network security for a system of
over 300 ATM's distributed across a
100 square mile area with a
compromised hardware score less
than half of the industry standard."
That request for help would get a
much better response because it is
specific and memorable, particularly
for people in IT, the banking industry,
the data and network security world,
in the Atlanta area, and also for people
who know people in those fields.
Contrast that with "Looking for a
job opportunity"? Which do you think
will receive the most help?
Bottom Line: Focus for a Shorter
When you can quickly and
memorably tell people what you are
looking for, you will have a more
effective network. Being generic may
feel like you are maximizing your
options, but in reality, being generic is
making your job search more difficult,
taking more time than it needs to take.
So, fight that instinct to be generic,
and focus -- for a shorter job search.
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