The most effective job search strategy combines online and face-to-face networking. Networking is about meeting others, not selling yourself. You want to build relationships with people who can provide information and open doors that will lead to more conversations. This task may seem daunting to an introvert. Here are a few tactics you can implement to give your job search the boost it needs.
1. Prepare a short Compelling Conversation Opener (COO) using this simple formula:
- Who you are
- What you do
- Who you help
- How you do it
My example: “As a resume writer and career coach, I help jobseekers find jobs that are emotionally and financially rewarding. I guide them through the job search process to make it less overwhelming and more successful.”
Practice your COO until it flows naturally. Then develop a few follow up points for when you are asked for more information. Continue reading