According to Leonard:
Finding a Job in Today’s Economy

| September 1, 2012

Freeman+Leonard is an agency that matches talent to the task. Be it big or small … quick turn or long term.

As its president, Kathy Leonard is a good judge of talent and what it takes to get the job. She’s certainly hired enough good people to know.

To that end, Leonard offers a few thoughts that might be helpful in finding your next position.

1. Be Open and Flexible

Many times, candidates have decided that they want the next job to be “perfect”— the right move to the right company, where they can settle in and feel secure. They make a list of:

  • What they will and won’t settle for.
  • Where they will or won’t live.
  • How long or far they want to commute.
  • The job title they will or won’t settle for.
  • What their base salary must be – regardless of the full compensation.

Unfortunately, being open and flexible are rarely on the list. So, they turn down opportunities with good companies that are ‘”perfect,” but for something not on their list.

Why not: Offer up solutions to get yourself hired that show you’re capable of innovative thinking.

Show that you’re flexible and open to different ways of working. Illustrate your willingness with real-world examples – either personal or taken from best practices.

2. Write a Creative Bio

Everyone needs a concise and accurate resume.  It’s the cost of entry to any job. Now, there are all kinds of suggestions for making it better, such as being more reflective of achievements versus your duties.

But, you’ve got to know that all candidates being considered for the position have a resume comparable to yours. The challenge is to get your resume in the “interview” stack. To do that, you must distinguish yourself in other ways.

Why not: Create a persona and personality, which is not evident in the standard resume, through a well-crafted bio.

This is not a rehash of your resume. Your bio can be written as a narrative or any style you choose. Use it to brand yourself and create a memorable impression as someone engaging and worth hiring.

3. Expect Some Help

You have likely spent a number of years building contacts and relationships with work associates and with clients. Now is the time to turn these people into your own personal sales force.

If they haven’t looked for a job in the last couple of years, they can expect to at some point. So, use them today and return the favor down the road. Meet face-to-face with as many as possible.

Ask for their thoughts on where you should look. Specifically, ask them to introduce you to individuals they know who might further your networking efforts. This is not the time to be shy and demure.

Why not: Build a synergistic network among business associates, who are currently in a job.

Ask them to introduce you to someone they know to expand your network of contacts and explore job opportunities you haven’t heard about or aren’t yet posted.

This activity of meeting old contacts and getting introduced to new people creates a synergy around your job search. It keeps you in touch with the marketplace and opens doors for interesting, new approaches to find your next opportunity.