You might know–or think you know–what’s important in conducting a successful job search. BUT…are you overlooking or unaware of job search trends that could sharply reduce your odds of success?
A recent article by personal branding guru William Arruda, titled “6 Unspoken Requirements for Every Job Seeker” makes some telling points about this subject. I highly recommend reading the entire article, but I’m going to share the 6 requirements briefly and add some of my own comments to them
Arruda lists the following main requirements:
Here are some of my thoughts about these job search requirements:
I’m always concerned about clients who list “Consultant” as their current employment but don’t have any substantial consulting gigs to show for it. Companies will probably suspect that it’s a lame cover-up, and they could be right. In any case, it’s not impressive if it’s insubstantial.
Arruda’s suggestions are to make the consulting a real, active professional role with substantial stories to tell; take on leadership roles as a volunteer; or find an adult internship.
As Arruda notes, you can demonstrate your ability through numerous methods, such as developing a portfolio with articles, presentations and blog posts.
As always, the smarter you are about how you conduct your job search and the more you can do to prepare for critical aspects of it (such as the ones noted above), the better off you’ll be and the more likely it is that your job search will produce the results you need. Tackle this activity as you would any other challenge you face.