Find the Job You Want with Effective Job Hunting Skills
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23 January 2011
Maun explains in is his book, Job Hunting 3.0, the key job search
techniques that will help you beat the competition and win the job you
Following the Coalition Government's Spending
Review – Job Hunting 3.0 by Richard Maun will be of
particular relevance to half a million UK public sector employees
facing redundancy over the next four years.
Maun explains that job-seeking techniques have evolved
considerably over the last decade and aims to provide a step-by-step
guide for the modern-day job hunter. This follows on from his amusingly
titled ‘My Boss is a B@$T@*D’ and ‘Leave the B@$T@*DS Behind’ about how
to survive turmoil at work and going self-employed.
Job search Secrets for Success
The key message in Job Hunting 3.0 is that looking for a job
is a sales process, underpinned by what Maun terms the ‘three big
secrets of success.’ These are:
- Passion, being energetic and excited
- Networking to improve opportunities
- Practice to improve confidence and professionalism.
These skills can have a significant impact on job-hunting
activities and are based upon the experiences of successful applicants.
The other components of effective job search are explored in detail
- Getting organized
- Developing a campaign
- Polishing interviewing skills
- Maintaining robust records
Job Hunting Toolkit
Maun presents a toolkit of core job search skills with hints
and tips covering:
- Identifying key achievements – using numbers effectively to
- Undertaking employer research
- CV content and presentation
- Great cover letters aimed at specific vacancies
- Telephone techniques
Accessing Hidden Job Vacancies
In addition to developing key job search skills, Maun
highlights over twenty places where you can look for opportunities;
avoiding being over dependent upon advertised vacancies. The author
explores the effective use of social media to self-market, including
Linkedin – a professional networking portal. However, this excludes
putting pictures on Facebook of stealing traffic cones whilst drunk!
Interview Question Tools and Techniques
For interviews, Maun introduces the ‘Minute to Win It’
technique for effective opening introductions to make a big impact. He
then moves onto answering interview questions using ‘STAR’ (STate
issue, Action, Results)
focusing on what you’ve done and how you did it. This includes
potential killer interview questions, with some suggested responses to
avoid looking like a rabbit caught in headlights. This is comforting
considering that you only have 90 seconds to make a good impression.
There is also useful information on assessment centers, a ‘5-slide
formula’ to deliver effective presentations and even a pocket guide.
This package of skills will enable applicants to build rapport
with potential employers, talk confidently about core strengths and
explain how they can add value to the organization.
Maun’s style is friendly and encouraging with humorous
anecdotes around real life job-hunting mistakes, acknowledging that
it’s a stressful process. He provides an excellent toolkit, which is so
large that it would even make a Quickfit mechanic green with envy.
To conclude, it’s an excellent book that can be used by senior
executives or someone looking for their first job. As a Local Authority
Manager, I’ve even started to use it to prepare for a ‘Government
Spending Review’ influenced career change.
About the Author
Keith Appleton JP, BA(Hons),
N.Dip.M, MInstLM has over 15 years experience within the public and
third sector developing high performing teams in a managerial and
strategic leadership role. This is underpinned by his academic
experience as a visiting lecturer and membership of the UK Institute of
Leadership & Management. Article original
published on Suite101.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2012-03-06 11:17:20 in Personal Articles