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Your Job Search Pathway
A step-by-step guide to targeted job hunting in the hidden job market
Define your work personality
List Skills, Experience, Knowledge
Competencies + Evidence
Identify transferrable skills
Use STAR-structured examples
Detail contributions to teams, processes, projects, organisations, reputation
ID hourly rate / salary
List all roles you can fill
Address confidence / communication gaps
Services / Products, Role(s), Processes, Equipment
Visualise a typical workday
Goals, Culture, Values
Plans, Awards, Compeditors
Know sector & industry developments
Attend industry events, job fairs – speak with employers & recruiters
What can you offer that will match / exceed your salary?
Know how to negotiate & when it’s appropriate
Define Your Match
What will you offer each employer?
Detail how your competencies fit their goals
Identify & plug skill / knowledge gaps
Prepare & hone your pitch
Be a solution!
Practice your cold-call technique
Contact key people in the organisation
Build rapport & take advice
Perhaps schedule a Zoom cuppa
Be prepared ahead of time!
Draft & Craft
Create evidence-based Master CV based on 1, 2 + 3
Understand Applicant Tracking Systems
Customise CV per application using 3
Customise letter of introduction, highlighting your offerings
Edit. Edit. Edit.
Read aloud – is it readable?
Check grammar, spellings
Send speculative applications
Optimise LinkedIn profile
Use application forms to hone your examples & writing
Practice mock interviews: virtual + in-person
Mind maps boost your recall
See an Advert? Call – is the job still available? Then build rapport & apply
Follow up – check they received application
Actively seek advice from reliable sources
Always be learning
Develop your network
Email a ‘thank you’ after each interview
Rejection is a chance to ask employers for their advice!
If it’s not working, review & change it
Be adaptable to new ideas & roles
Look after physical & mental health
Create reminders of the payoffs of nailing that job to maintain momentum
Don’t go it alone – contact Meath Job Club!
Between 50 – 80% of jobs are NOT advertised
Know how to network & navigate the hidden job market