In observance of Nigel Tufnel day, 11/11, at precisely 11:11, let’s turn it up to 11.
While Nigel’s fame has been as a founder of “the loudest band in the world”, he claims that if he wasn’t in the music industry he would like to either enter the field of haberdashery or become a surgeon, stating: ‘I like surgery’.
As approved by The Nigel Tufnel Day Appreciation Society and Quilting Bee in Favor of Declaring & Observing November 11 as Nigel Tufnel Day (in Recognition of Its Maximum Elevenness), Nigel lists 11 ways to turn your job search up to 11:
- Create a job search project plan: Do you have a written job search project plan? Is it more than just a target list, to-do list, or followup list? Learn how to create a job search project plan at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/02/23/are-you-planning-to-fail-in-your-job-search-or-failing-to-plan/.
- Diversify your efforts – pipeline management: Do you have a target company list? Do you have enough opportunities in your pipeline, or does every opportunity turn into a “life or death situation”? See http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/04/06/is-your-opportunity-pipeline-big-enough/ to learn how to diversify your efforts and still be effective.
- Manage activity levels: Do you have a high enough level of activity in your job search? More importantly, are you choosing the right activities to make your search efforts effective? One way to control your job search is to understand which activities bring the highest return, so you can concentrate your time on the specific efforts that will bring you a new job fastest. Learn how to choose more activities that improve your search at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/03/30/activity-vs-effectiveness-in-job-search/.
- Information wins the day: Candidates can greatly improve their chances at getting interviews, getting 2nd interviews and offers by gaining access to better information than the competition. The best information isn’t found on the internet, it’s discovered through discussion. Learn what to look for at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2009/11/24/guerrilla-job-search-tactics/.
- Research early and often: Most candidates wait too long before they get into serious company research, typically waiting until interview preparation. You can greatly improve your chances to gain interviews by investing in research before you even send a resume. See how to use research and the best company research sources at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/07/16/4-killer-ways-to-use-research-in-job-search-best-of-recareered/.
- Avoid fake postings: Are you spending your time on real jobs? Learn how to separate the real jobs from the fake at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/01/08/a-review-of-fake-postings-and-your-job-board/.
- Understand recruiter’s relationship with employer: Would you pin a great deal of hope (and effort) to a recruiter-presented opportunity if you knew you that every recruiter in the western hemisphere was competing to present candidates for the same job? What if the recruiter was the only recruiter supplying candidates – would that change your level of effort? While you can’t control a recruiter’s relationship with the employer, you can control your understanding of it. The better you understand this relationship, the better you’ll allocate your time, and estimate your chances of landing a job or interview. Learn how to better understand the recruiter/employer relationship and gain job search cues at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/06/02/is-your-recruiter-any-closer-to-the-job-than-you/.
- Spend more time asking questions, and less time talking: You can control what information you seek from contacts, how you ask for that information, and how you can pick up employer cues during an interview. Or you can talk. Learn how to gain better information by spending more time listening at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/04/08/does-your-job-search-strategy-include-more-listening-or-talking/.
- Understand your competition: While you can’t control your competition, you can control how well you understand your competition’s strengths and weaknesses. By understanding your competition, you can see if you blow them away, if you’re middle of the pack, if you’re a stretch for the job, or if you’re overqualified. Learn how to discover information about your competition for a specific job at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/06/16/job-seekers-whos-your-competition/.
- Write a thank you note: It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s polite, and it’s what your Mom taught you to do. Learn how to use thank you notes to remind your hiring manager why you’re a great choice and to stand out from the competition at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/05/25/top-3-ways-to-write-a-thank-you-note/ .
- Know your fair market value: It’s tough to answer the salary question without objective benchmarks on market value. Learn how to use salary benchmarking information to set your own and your employers expectation of your salary at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/06/10/what-salary-should-you-expect-for-your-next-job/.
And let’s also turn it up to 11 for our veterans, since 11/11/11 is also Veterans’ Day.
Let’s take a moment today to thank our veterans who fought for us and protected us.
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