Land A New Better Paying Job
Robin Ryan, Author & Career Coach
The job market is beginning to offer some
good career opportunities. This will come as happy news
to job hunters who have faced a very difficult
employment market these last four years and workers who
haven't seen a salary increase in a long while.
Here are two of my clients' experiences that might
mirror your own situation:
Joseph, a long-term employee, had worked countless hours
and delivered great results to his company. Facing tough
global competition, his employer froze raises. The
promise of a promotion never materialized, so Joseph
decided to pursue a new job and came to me for help. His
old resume was a poor advertisement of his skills and
lacked the "actions equals results" emphasis that
today's hiring managers want to see. Together, we
created a new resume and worked to identify good career
opportunities. In less than three months, he landed an
incredible job with a $20K salary increase. His future
has never looked brighter.
Sara was laid off after 9/11 and had been struggling for
18 months trying to find ANY job. She was a professional
with a good track record, but companies in her field
just weren't hiring. Out of desperation, Sara took the
only thing she could find. After enduring two years with
a very difficult boss, she recently asked me to help her
launch a new search. A revamped resume got her an
interview just weeks later. Our coaching session helped
her identify the top skills to stress and taught her how
to effectively handle the tough questions that had
previously tripped her up. Sara landed her dream job in
an industry where she had no previous experience. She's
thrilled to see her career on the right track again.
The job market isn't hot, but it is looking better for
those who have mastered good job hunting skills.
Employers are hiring and offering lucrative salaries to
talented people. Here are the things you need to do to
make the most of the opportunities that are out there to
advance your career and earn more money:
Develop a top notch resume that shows results you've
achieved, specifies cost and time savings, as well as
bottom line financial gains. A generic "job description"
resume isn't going to work. Always include a cover
letter. Employers love them.
Network in a new way. Clients are finding networking is
the way to get noticed. Determine which companies you
want to work for and develop a targeted list of jobs.
Ask friends, relatives, alums or anyone else you know
who can provide contacts to give you some insight about
those employers. These extra efforts lead to getting
interviews and landing jobs in the biggest and the best
companies in America, as well as smaller employers who
can provide great experience.
Interview Like a Pro. Prepare in advance. Practice
answering questions by writing out answers. Develop
examples of how you've solved problems on the job. Know
your strengths and advertise them. Above all else, never
ever bring up salary before you've gotten a job offer on
the table. This is important! Learning to effectively
dodge money questions will preserve your negotiating
Employers are looking for talented people -- so now is
the time to focus, plan and re-create in order to land
that new, better paying job.
Robin Ryan is America's top career coach having appeared
on the Dr. Phil Show, Oprah, Fox News and CNN. She is
the best-selling author of: What to Do with the Rest of
Your Life; 60 Seconds & You're Hired!; Winning Resumes;
and Winning Cover Letters. She has a busy career
counseling practice providing individual career
coaching, outplacement, resume writing services and
interview preparation to clients nationwide.