Rochester NY Stake Employment Center

January 25, 2012

Prepare now to take advantage of job opportunities when they arise

Filed under: Job Search Preparation, The Job Search Process — Larry @ 12:39 pm

From 25 January Democrat & Chronicle

12:45 AM, Jan. 22, 2012  | 

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Deb Koen

Question: I’m currently employed but I’m waiting for the hiring picture to improve. I am eager to get into something that is related to my profession and in a better company. I’m grateful to have a job, but I hate feeling like I’m in a holding pattern. What can I do in the meantime?

Answer: Patience, not to be confused with passivity, is a virtue. Apply your efforts in three areas, so you’ll be ready to move when opportunities do arise.

Maximize your current work experience. Every job presents a platform for development. Although your current role is not in your profession, you can uncover learning opportunities. Rather than hovering in a holding pattern, kick into action by seeking out a cross-functional project or asking to shadow an employee with a specific skill set. Soak up everything you can about job skills and office dynamics. Creating efficiencies and improving morale, for example, are portable skills that will add value in any environment. While you’re there, seek out the most interesting and influential people on staff to work with and study.

Get involved in your career field now. No need to wait until you have the perfect match to become involved in your chosen profession. Follow blogs, or better yet, start your own. Expand both your network and your experience by becoming an active member of a professional association to develop your leadership skills, build relationships and tap into job leads.

Track the trends. Concentrate on working behind the scenes, for now, following the employers you’re most interested in. Familiarize yourself with key players. Watch for news, awards and developments about these employers. Contact them to congratulate or inquire only after you’ve researched them and are ready to make a powerful first impression. Know the key points you will convey about yourself and the questions you will ask. This type of preparation and positioning is a perfect use of your time during a lull in hiring.

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