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People want to help.  And, when you are in a job search, you are in no position to turn away a well-intentioned offer of support. 

There are a surprising number of ways anyone of almost any age or situation can help you find a job faster than you can alone. 

Here's how to get the most benefit from your supporters' efforts.


Use your Ideal Work Situation Statements
First, re-visit your Ideal Work Situation Statements.
These statements briefly describe the job you are seeking as simply as you can.  If you've been using the statements to create your marketing materials and in building relationships and interviewing, you should have them down pat. 

The value of your Ideal Work Situation Statements lies in their simplicity and ease of re-use by anyone, regardless of their degree of knowledge of your role or industry.

Your Ideal Work Situation Statements should look similar to this:

My ideal work situation is to work in Burlington, Vermont as a full-time Recreational Director for adult or family camps.  My main tasks will be to determine the camps' purpose, activities and schedule and to manage the camps' operations staff.

Use your list of skills, knowledge, and experience
Your next step is to review your Job Search Datasheet which lists your skills, knowledge, and experience relevant to your desired role. These should be the same skills, knowledge, and experience that you highlighted in your resume and cover letter. 

Your Job Search Datasheet may be in a Word or Excel document or written by hand on a piece of paper.  But, if you completed your Job Search Datasheet on a PowerPoint slide, it might look like the example below. Simply extract and list the skills, experience and traits for ready reference on your phone or tablet. Or print out the Job Search Datasheet and store it in your purse or wallet. The key is to have it handy for quick reference.


Use your Target Company List and Desired Contacts
Print out your Target Company List and Desired Contacts or list the entries in your phone or tablet  for ready reference. 

You're good to go!

The rest is easy. Once you've gathered this information, you'll have at least 30 ways people can help you in a job search. Undoubtedly, now that you are well-prepared, you'll think of more.

Those who offer to help can:
1.  Suggest an addition to your Target Company List.

2.  Suggest a desired contact from the companies in your Target Company List.

3.  Introduce you to a desired contact over lunch or coffee.

4.  Introduce you to a desired contact through LinkedIn connections.

5.  Create and provide a 140 character "ad" beginning with "Available now..."
     touting your desired role and credentials for a supporter to "tweet" daily to Twitter followers
     on your behalf. 

6.  Recommend you on LinkedIn, focusing on one of your skills, traits, or experience.

7.  Endorse you on LinkedIn, focusing on one of your skills, traits, or experience.

8.  Post your Ideal Work Situation Statements for your supporter's Facebook friends to see. 

9.  Invite you to professional, civic, community, or educational events that offer opportunities
     to build new relationships.

10. Train or educate you in a skill or experience gap.


11. Suggest or offer volunteer opportunities to help you fill a skill or experience gap.

12. Share stories of successful job searches.

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3. Help you organize your job search tasks and records.

14. Recommend informative articles, reports, or websites to enhance your understanding
       of your role or industry.

15. Provide an update on trends in your industry or role.

16. Offer you a temporary project, internship, apprenticeship, consulting gig, or other
       interim employment related to your desired role.


17. Recommend LinkedIn groups related to your desired industry or role.

18. Guest post on your blog.

19.
Comment on or "follow" or "like" your job search-related social media efforts.

20. Follow you on Twitter and re-tweet your Twitter entries.

21. Coach you on how to use social media or interviewing technology during your job search.

22. Practice interview with you and provide feedback on your performance.

23. Brainstorm a job search challenge with you.

24. Review/edit your resume, cover letter, or other marketing materials or communications.

25.
Provide the inside scoop on a target company.

26. Alert you to job openings with the supporter's employer.

27. Take your resume to the supporter's employer.

28. Serve as a reference.

29. Write a letter or email regarding a shared work experience you are emphasizing in your search.

30.
Listen.


You could, of course, respond "Just tell everyone you know that I need a job." NOT.

What I hoped you got from this post:
The vast majority of successful job seekers get their job with the help of someone they know.  The more prepared you are to respond to offers of help, the more you'll benefit from them.


Take action:
1.  Carry info with you to ensure that you can tell supporters what you need. (Maybe a clever way
     to use a business card?)
2.  Focus supporters' efforts where you need them most.

Please share this post with someone who is searching for their ideal job!


 


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