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Job Search Strategy
To Get The Job You Want.
Tour Overview
1. Assess Yourself
2. Research Potential Employers
3. Establish Your Fit
4. Write Your Own Resume
5. Start Networking
6. Get In On The Ground Floor
7. Create Your Own Job
8. Informational Interviews
9. Interview Preparation
10. Tough Interview Questions
11. Negotiation Skills
12. The Key To Hirability

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7.  CREATE YOUR OWN JOB: If you show you can produce results and contribute to their future goals, employers may design a new position just to take advantage of your unique talents, skills and experience.

Predict Your Future Success by Designing Your Next Job!

Can you write a job proposal? If so, you have an additional option to your job search.

Companies are always looking for talented people and might be willing to create a brand new position for you if they see that you will bring valuable skills, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic into their organization.

Employers typically dedicate a lot of time and energy to strategic planning. Creating essential positions within an organization provides a company with the opportunity to realize its vision and add significant value to their business.

A first step in the process of convincing a hiring manager to create a position for you is to learn everything you can about the companies for which you want to work. Researching the needs of the companies you want to work for is critical in determining how you can provide the solutions they require.

By thoroughly assessing your own strengths and qualifications to determine what you do best, you can turn this into an excellent employment opportunity. To ensure optimum results, you must determine your strategy before you launch this process.

Think of yourself as a new product a company is launching into the marketplace. Ask yourself what you need to do to position yourself for future success.

Begin by examining the critical needs of your target company(s). Analysis of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities will highlight new hiring needs. Write a detailed job proposal that accurately reflects the critical needs you can solve.

Understand the organization you're targeting. Each company has its own culture, and candidates who fit within that environment will be in a better position to contribute to its success than those who do not.

Differentiate yourself from the crowd. Emphasize your strengths and accomplishments. Clearly explain job functions, levels of responsibility, benefits to the company, cost effectiveness, etc. Explain the advantages and unique concepts you'll bring to the table.

If you know of a company that has created such positions and benefitted from them, also include that information. Make sure to focus on the outstanding benefits of creating the position. Include all the information you believe would answer any questions that your target audience might have about your proposal.

Start the proposal with an overview page that summarizes your presentation outlining the basic elements and benefits. This will give the employer a quick summary of your idea and motivate him or her to read the full proposal.

Outline their current situation in detail, highlighting the area(s) that need improvement. Point out the problems that will be solved, and the benefits that will ensue. Give concrete examples from your recent personal experience that demonstrate the need for your position.

Detail your solution and the cost savings/time benefits that will result. Explain how you are qualified to evaluate the situation and how you would be the appropriate person to assume the new responsibilities. Reinforce your credentials as being the best choice to guide this undertaking.

You'll need to take into consideration the scope of the position, the time frame for achieving results, your geographic parameters, and whether you have considered relocation.

Solicit input from key insiders who work for the company, or in the same industry, to create and ensure accuracy. Ask them what's working and what isn't. Have them review and comment on your job proposal before you contact decision-makers at your target company(s). This contributes to a significantly more powerful and effective process.

3 Tips to Help You Succeed

1) Be proactive in contacting potential employers. Persistency is key to your job search success. Being persistent means that you may need to become more assertive than you are used to being. It means that you will be willing to hear many "no's" from employers. Remember that each "no" you hear brings you closer to a "yes"!

Employers are always looking for exceptional candidates who possess leadership, imagination, and problem-solving abilities. They realize the benefits gained from hiring talented people far outweigh the costs. If your proposal convinces the employer to create a new position, it stands to reason that the person they hire for this position will be you!

2) Identify the individual at each organization with the power to hire or create a position. Rather than sending your mailing to the HR department, address it directly to the hiring authority of the department in which you'll work, or the appropriate executive of the organization. Always take the time to verify the individual's name, title, and business address.

Promote the employer's needs, not yours. Instead of going on at length about what you are looking for in a job, speak to how you can solve the employer's needs. Can you save them money? Maximize sales? Bring in new customers? Reduce turnover or improve morale? Zero in on the employer's concerns, and you will capture their attention.

3) Speak with confidence. If you sound like you believe in yourself, an employer is more likely to believe in you as well. Stress benefits, not features. Describe your job proposal clearly and explain its expected financial benefit. Clarify the strengths of your goals and vision when combined with your expertise.

Ask the employer how they view your proposal. By asking a few questions and listening carefully, they will tell you what they really want. Make sure you maintain a balanced conversation. Ask questions and make positive comments in response to their remarks.

Give them sufficient information. Too little information can leave the employer with unanswered questions about your suitability for the position. Providing more details about your background and experience, and the significant benefits they might realize, can help to persuade the employer to create your new job!

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