Career Coaching Blog

6 Job Search Strategies

There are basically 6 ways of landing a job

Thinking about a change or need to make one quick?

1. Get moved internally

2. Land one through a posting

3. Get called

4. Market yourself to target companies

5. Get referred / sourced / recommended

6. Create your own If you expect to be successful in your career, you need to both know where to spend your time and efforts and master the appropriate skills.

I will delve into each of these in coming posts. How’s that for incentive to keep you coming back? :-) BTW…

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The core challenge of self-employment

This is my 2nd time around in the ranks of the self-employed. The first was very successful. I sold the business. In between, I also had the great privilege of managing Monster.com’s self-employment / free agent market. Talk about interesting times. For the last 18 months, I have been working on my 2nd venture. I can tell you from experience, that the ultimate challenge of self-employment is managing yourself.

  • How effectively & efficiently you use your time

  • Focus

  • Determination, persistence and visi…

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Back to School

I have always felt energized after Labor Day, much more so than New Years. All of those years of school have imprinted the new pencils / erasers / duo tangs into my consciousness.

September is a natural time for a reality check, for getting organized, launching new things, finishing off or discarding undone projects from the summer, buckling down for the last few months of the year. Funny.

In any case, it always pays to make use of that kind of energy.

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How do you define career success?

Why is this question important?

One of the most important career and life-planning activities you can engage in is finding your own definitions or models of success. This is vitally important for a number of reasons: If you haven’t done this, how do you know what’s best for you? How can you make career decisions if you aren’t crystal clear about how you define success? How can you be happy if you don’t know when you’re successful?

If this question is relevant to you right now…

There is never a bad …

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All Days Are Not Equal

I've wrote about it before. Life just doesn't happen in a steady, predictable stream. Good and bad things come in bunches. Sometimes, on the same days. All days are not created equal. Have you noticed it too?

I am having one of those rare, memorable days. Exciting conversations. Significant progress. Serving customers. Pleasant surprises. But mixed in there, anxiety about unfinished business. Decisions that need to be made. And, the sudden death of a friend's son.

A former boss onc…

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A Plea for Boldness

What can I say? The times call for boldness. In managing our careers and lives.

I don’t mean brash. Nor flash. Nor large, uncalculated risks.

The situation is as follows: There are way more job seekers than jobs at the moment. Companies aren’t hiring very much. High paying jobs are getting outsourced. There are a lot of well qualified folks out there under or unemployed.

So, what’s your stategy for success? Take your chances? Wait for a turnaround? Keep doing the same things even if they aren’t …

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Are You Engaged?

How to make your work compelling

You need to be aware of a significant career management danger. In this tough economy and job market, your professional expectations may be unmet. Whether it is job satisfaction, career development or job search success, things may not be going your way. When this happens, there is a natural tendency to disengage, to unplug. You go through the motions, but part of your mind is elsewhere, unfocussed.

You can instantly recognize people who are fully engaged. They are…

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An Occasional Reminder to Join Bold Career

The following resources, and others, are free. In order to access them, I ask that you join my mailing list by providing your email address. Of course, you can remove yourself from the mailing list at any time. And remember our strict privacy policy: we will not sell, rent, or share your information with anyone. Ever. Please enjoy! The free resources below are just some of what will be available to you as a member. Please visit the link below to join. Be Bold! The Path to Career & Life Success T…

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Kick Off

Hi! Welcome to the weblog version Bold Career.

If you are new to Bold Career or me, Ian Christie, you will find links in the left upper column about me and to the Bold Career site.

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