Over the last couple of weeks I have been writing about my college-age daughter’s summer internship quest through the streets of New York City. Barbara’s journey has given me wonderful material for this blog and allowed me to share with you the multiple complex steps of going through an intense job search. And it’s been at an amazing pace!
What we all can learn from Barbara is the power of intention. Early on, Barbara knew what she wanted . . . and she was determined to make it happen. Being a strong “J” on the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory (MBTI), Barbara figured out what she needed to do: when she needed to do it, and then (with a bit of help from Coach Mom) how to move through these steps quickly but effectively. The result . . . a summer internship at a prestigious firm in New York City for the summer.
This is what Barbara did . . . not alone because a savvy job seeker pulls in all the resources they can. So she had excellent help from the Career Center at Syracuse University, New House School of Communication, and late night help from her ever faithful Coach Mom.
It’s a Journey – Not for the Faint of Heart
It’s tough and not for the faint of heart. But this list of the “must dos” of a job search will give you some ideas if and when you start thinking about a delicious new career chapter for yourself – or maybe for one of those family members who are also itching for a change.
These were Barbara’s 12 job search steps . . .
- Clarified exactly what she wanted – the who, what, where, when & why
- Maximized networking contacts & references to open doors
- Used professional resources and offers of help appropriately
- Designed an eye-catching resume specific to the PR industry
- Created targeted cover letters that matched need to value
- Personalized follow-up emails to ensure a prompt response
- Complied a “I Can Do” mini-portfolio
- Rehearsed telephone interview strategies and questions (& debriefed afterwards)
- Prepared physically, emotionally & mentally for on-site personal interviews (& debriefed afterwards)
- Sent personal thank you letters after every interview
- Graciously handled final offers & negotiated hiring terms/days/responsibilities etc.
Is It Worth It?
If you are ready for a brand new career or to take your career up to that next level the answer is a solid YES. But it takes work, perseverance and a belief in yourself that you can make something happen. It might take longer in this tough economy but don’t give up . . . just give it time. And if you get stuck, call me!