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Monday, August 24, 2009

Tim Tyrell-Smith's Job Search Ideas

Don't be put off by the fact that 30 Ideas: The Ideas of Successful Job Search, offered by Tim Tyrell-Smith as a free download, is 114 pages long. You can pick and choose which chapters you read, and the whole thing doesn't take more than a couple of hours to get through.

I've reproduced the table of contents below, with chapters I found particularly helpful in bold.

Job Search Strategy
  1. Do You Have A Job Search Strategy Or Are You Just Spinning?

  2. Job Search Advice. It’s The Same Stuff We Learned As Kids

  3. Warning! This Job Search Is Under Construction

  4. Laid Off — Like a Tornado

  5. 10 Reasons You Should Regularly Read A Job Search Blog

  6. Job Search Strategy: Are You The Tortoise Or The Hare?

  7. Running Through The Pain of Job Search

  8. I Can’t Be Out Of Leads… I Still Have Resumes Left!

  9. On The Job Hunt? What’s Your Angle?

  10. How To Measure The Success Of Your Job Search

The Psychology of Job Search
  1. Landing Is For Pilots, Not Job Seekers

  2. Out Of Work? Lucky You

  3. The Psychology Of Job Search

  4. Job Search… Like An Out Of Body Experience

  5. The Worst Days During Job Search

  6. How Irrational Fears Prevent You From Maximizing Job Search Potential

  7. How To Avoid The Stigma Of Being Unemployed

  8. The Danger of Being an Optimist in Job Search

  9. The Power Of Music During Job Search

  10. The Benefit Of A Quick Backward Glance

Smart Networking
  1. 11 Keys To Successful Job Search Networking

  2. Tell Your Job Search Network What You Want

  3. 9 Ways To Bruise A Networking Relationship

  4. Quick Tip — Network With Employed People

  5. Networking Tip — Always Pay For Lunch

  6. The #1 Networking Tool During Hard Times

  7. Networking Events. Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

  8. FlashCard™. Introducing A New Business Card for Networking

  9. When Your Elevator Pitch Has A Pitch Problem

  10. Hey, Mr. Life Of The Party. Shouldn’t You Be Networking?

Tyrell-Smith also offers eight free tools for download:

Watchlyst (.xls)
A spreadsheet in which you can enter key data for jobseekers in your network (e.g., contact info, desired job function, desired industry, etc.). This provides easy reference when a job possibility comes to your attention and you want to see who in your network might be a match.

SidebySide (.xls)
An organized way of comparing a job offer to the profile of your ideal new position.

SoloSheet (.doc)
A one-pager that abstracts the most actionable data from your resume (e.g., your accomplishments, work philosophy, target companies, etc.) for use at networking events, with recruiters, and with fellow job seekers.

Careerback (.doc)
Written in the third-person as though by a news reporter, this is a summary of your career background, a narrative of your work experience, a listing of your education, and a selection of personal details that will help a person know you better.

FlashCard (.zip)
MSWord templates for the front and back of a business card specially formatted for handing out to members of your network and to recruiters. The card contains not only contact info, but also such items as the address of your LinkedIn profile, your strengths, and your career objectives.

SIP (.doc)
A guide for interview preparation. For a complete explanation, see this Tyrell-Smith post.

BigPitch (.doc)
A guide for preparing the 30- to 60-second introduction you'll make at networking events that include intros of those attending.

Shortcuts (.doc)
Pass-along job search advice that you pull together after you've found a new job. You summarize what you learned from your job search and list the resources that were most helpful.