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80% OF JOBS ARE NEVER ADVERTISED
I have got lots of people jobs. Good jobs. I have done this by having a pro-active networking stance. I do this naturally, and decided it's time to share what I do to help others navigate their way through life's opportunities into jobs they love.
I'll step you through what I do in my mind. It's two simple steps.
Step 1. Broaden your horizons. This step is about intentionally investigating what these might be for YOU. I'll step you through a process that enables your brain to think outside the box and discover options that you never new existed.
Step 2. Network like a boss. In this section I'll talk you through how to network like a boss, even if it's not normally your thing. It will likely feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but I'll share some insights that will help make it as easy as possible, expose your existing networks, step you through getting onto LinkedIn, and help you have conversations that position you to end up employed.
**Bonus - each step is facilitated by working your way through a simple downloadble form that is provided for free as part of the course!
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|Section 1: What's in this course?|
80% OF JOBS ARE NEVER ADVERTISED
Step 2. Network like a boss. I was at soccer, and the captain mentioned he was looking for a programmer. My mate has said to me a week or so earlier that he thinking about getting a new job. So...I put these two people together. I didn't know if they would like each other, or if the roles would match, BUT I told myself what I always tell myself - 'I wonder what will come of this conversation'. You know what...he got a the job, and he has been there over a year now, and the are both grateful so it must be a good thing.
In this section I'll talk you through how to network like a boss, even if it's not normally your thing. It will likely feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but I'll share some insights that will help make it as easy as possible.
80% OF JOBS ARE NEVER ADVERTISED
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In this course we will track through a few documents that I'll provide. Please don't even bother doing this course unless you are prepared to follow through the steps.
This is what you are up for:
1 List people and opportunities.
2. Have 'coffee's' with those that might connect you into those jobs. It's simple, but the way I step you through this process will greatly enhance the chance you have of getting into a job you want.
So download the form that's part of this lecture and let's get started.
I have put this out of order because it takes time - other people's time, so while this is part of networking like a boss, do it now so people can start responding to you.
LinkedIn is the new CV and it's more powerful because it does a ton of the networking for you. It does this by showing people looking at you these things:
1. Who you are connected to.
So do this...get ready to hit pause:
1. Sign in, and complete your profile, and history. (PAUSE and come back when done.)
2. Select a profile picture that shows your friendly and professional face. (Pause and come back when done.)
3. Write a blurb about yourself. Be proud! Acknowledge your strengths and ideals. Be personable yet professional. (Pause and come back when done.)
4. Connect with all the people you know. (PAUSE and come back when done.)
5. Endorse a bunch of them for stuff they are genuinely good at. Hopefully they will return the favour. (PAUSE and come back when done.)
6. Write some 'recommendations' for some people that you really like and ask them to return the favour. Be brave! (PAUSE and come back when done.)
Ok, I think you are done. Great work! This now means that hireeereres can look you up and see how awesome you are!
|Section 2: Broaden Your Horizons|
As I said earlier...there are more opportunities than what you know about. This is your opportunity to look outside the box.
Get your form and 'brain dump' ANY jobs that you would do. DON'T BE FUSSY! Writing down anything gets you started and we need some ideas for for the bottom of the list when we prioritise these.
Get the form - and start filling in job possibilities for you!
I moved town once and had no existing networks and no job, so I got out the yellow pages and just flicked through from the start writing down anything that took my interest. After about a week of calling people out of the yellow pages I had nothing. But 2 weeks later somebody called me back, and they hired me, and even better they hired both me and my mate so we got to work together.
Go through anything that will prod your brain. TradeMe, eBay, Seek, whatever! It doesn't even have to be from your country - it's not about who is hiring! It's about what you might just enjoy! Keep going until you have 30+ ideas.
**Post up in the comments section any of the places you found useful to help you think outside the box!
So, you have used your brain to do this, but don't leave it there, your view of yourself is limited. Just like you can't see the back of your head, you can't see what other things you might like or be good at so it's time for some research!
Go talk to your brother, sister, mother, uncle, old boss - anyone that you trust to give you some feedback and ask them:
Add these to your list!
I've noticed that some people are quite 'blind' to themselves and don't really know what bring's them to life. Learning about yourself in this way might require a professional to help you - I am one of those and very good at that so feel free to contact me if you want a hand.
Just for fun - and to inspire yourself and others - comment in the discussions about the crazyiest, or coolest job you have ever come across!
A few brain barriers that can stop us getting the jobs we are good enough for!
No point chasing all of these, let's get the best job possible.
Put them in order. 1-30.
Don't be too fussy about how your prioritise, just trust the process and pick a top 10. Consider balancing speed versus ideals. If you are in a hurry to get work, perhaps pick the ones you think you will get the quickest. If you are in no hurry, put you fav's first!
As always - update your form!
|Section 3: Network Like a Boss|
Companies hate to, and should avoid, hiring off of CV's and interviews. They will get a better cultural fit if they hire from networking as anyone recommended to them will have been done because a person intuitively thinks they will fit in! This course is about positioning yourself to be that person who get's recommended for a position.
I'm sure you have a presentable CV and have applied for jobs already, and if not, I would say don't even bother until you have tried these steps. I have had about 8 different jobs and have hardly needed a CV. Sure I have one, and it's up to date and tidy but that's it.
Hiring is EXPENSIVE for companies. They want to get it right. They don't want to spend hours interviewing people who tell them a bunch of BS after having read their BS CV. They want to hire people they like that will fit well into their organisation.
You are one step closer to being that person!
Time to write a list of your job hunting assets :)
First, look at your top ten jobs, and with those in mind start looking through your 'people' and writing down names in your form.
You might think "I don't know many people." but this isn't true. Consider all these networks that you have....
Good job - so list them all in the form, with their phone numbers.
It's time to let the dust settle, and wait for some of these seeds to grow. But, it's not time to give up. You still have the rest of your list of ideals and more contacts. I'd recommend now working through your second tear of options. Be a bit less fussy, and try some more far fetched ideas and opportunities. You never know! Some of the best jobs and contracts I have picked up have been from things I have followed up that I didn't think I would ever get!
Now try for your second teir!
Time to get some coffee, well it doesn't have to be coffee but it's time for some conversations that may or may not turn into anything. It's important that you take this attitude with it. These are not interviews. They are not applications. They are simply a coffee with an agenda, and the agenda is to see what opportunity might eventuate.
So get your list of people and prioritise them - pick the top 10 - then PHONE them. Don't just text or email. Pick up the phone! If they don't answer leave a message/and or text/email but make an effort - show them it's important by making the call.
Remember here that you are not putting them out or asking a favour - you might be just the right person for a job and really help them out, or they might end up recommending your for a position and their boss might really appreciate that. Or, if nothing else, people like to help people and you are offering them an opportunity to enrich your life, and while that might sound a bit cheesy, if you make that clear to them, they will get a buzz from it. (time I called compitition from school)
When you are calling you are only asking for a catch up over coffee - perhaps just 15min to see if they have some ideas or connections to help you with some career questions you have.
Then, go have some 'coffees'. Be sure to go in armed with some direct questions to get what you need out of the time. Personally I write my questions down before hand otherwise I forget. Try some of these depending on the context of the conversation:
|Section 4: Go to your new job|
High chance that by now you might have got a job by now, or at least planted the seeds that will get you employed. It might not be your ideal job, but you are one step closer. I don't pretend this is a silver bullet guaranteed to get you a job, but I believe it will help!
It's time to be grateful. Two reasons. Reason one, it's scientifically proven to be good for your brain and make you happier, which will not only make you happier, but will also make you interview better. Reason two, showing your gratitude to those that helped you network will make them feel good, and remind them of you and your need for a job :-)
Thanks, and all the best in your career!
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Drawing on over 2000 hrs of face to face counselling with individuals, couples, teenagers, families and businessmen, I have put together many practical, in depth, and effective workshops. These have proven interesting, digestible, and most importantly, useful.
I am an experienced Counselor, Coach, & Communicator. Director of NewInsight and Associate at Blacksmith Consulting
I am fairly new to udemy, so please help me help you! I welcome questions or suggestions.
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Qualifications:Bachelor's Degree in Counselling, Full Member of NZCCA
2200+hrs face to face counselling experience
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