You need a home office so
set one up in your home so:
If you have not got
an answer-phone facility on your home phone or mobile
please do so.
If you are not on the
internet – get connected – if you have not
got a computer register with an internet café or
be nice to a friend who has this facility. 18% of jobs
(excluding IT professionals where it is 98%) are gained
If you have children under
12 ban them on pain of death to answer the phone or remove
the pencil, note pad and résumé which you have
by the phone(s) during working hours. If they are 13 and above
then some training is needed for themn to answer the phone
correctly and record messages on the note pad.
When you have completed your career statement laminate it
and keep it by the phone(s) When you have completed your résumé
keep the master copy by your phone at all times for those
unexpected telephone interviews.
If you have left your organisation
commit to working four hours a day to your job search Monday
through Friday. Your job now is to get a job. If you are working
and want to move on commit yourself to making two effective
applications a week.
Identify three referees
who can speak about three aspects of your work. Do not ask
them to write a reference but ask them the “stand by”.
Promise to let them have a copy of your résumé
when you have completed it.
If you belong to a profession
society go to their meetings and network. If you do not belong
but qualify to do so then join. It will cost but you only
have belong and attend the meetings until you have your next
Health and Looks
For the rigors of job search
and more importantly for the interview it is critical that
you are fit and look fit and this cannot be done over night
See your doctor –
have a full medical – if you are fit then increase
your exercise arrangements
If you are over/under
weight then start getting to your ideal weight.
Get some sun –
yeas this goes against the ehalth warnings – but
it will make you look fitter
Look at profession magazines and journals
and see how successful people in your type of work dress. If
you can afford it get “Colour Coordinated” -
Men – if you are over
50 then get your hair cut short it will make you look younger
Women – usually women
learn to make up their eyes when they are in the early twenties
and then use that same method well into their 50’s –
get some advice on what is fashionable for people of your age.
If you are unemployed then
talk to your financial advisor – if you don’t
have one get one, however, make sure that he/she is totally
independent of both the banks and insurance companies otherwise
you will just get their products..
Be frugal with your money
– take the holiday when you get the job offer etc. However,
any money spent on making you look good or help you become
fit will be money well spent.
Begin to track remuneration
packages for the positions you are going for so that you have
a good idea of your market worth. To that figure add 17% and
that should be your starting point for your pay negotiations
when you gain the job offer.