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8 Actions to Make Your Career Search a Success

By Barbara Brooks, Founder of SecondAct|Women

We want to help you get hired and collected some of the top recommendations from various recruiters and hiring managers. Turning them into action steps, we're hopeful these tips will land you your next big gig.
Action #1: Start with the end.
Get out a pen and paper and make a list of the kind of job aka career you'd like to have in your second act. What’s the position title, your role, the industry you would most enjoy boiled down to the companies you would like to work for.
Action #2: Create a strategy.
Organize your search by setting a few key goals. Then outline your strategy to get in front of the right people and activate your plan - scheduling weekly and daily activities to move the needle. 

Action #3: Use your connections.
Sending resumes to career websites will do nothing for you. There are simply too many people using the same systems to find a job. Get that pen and paper out again add your network of colleagues, former business associates, and friends to find companies who are hiring or looking to hire soon. Don't leave startups out of your plan. They're wonderful places to find you next job and in some cases, you can carve out your own job description.

Action #4: Show off.
Make it known you’re tuned into the latest technology by starting a blog, talking up your use of a CRM or project management system; your favorite app or social media platform you use regularly for business. They need to know you know tech even if it's the basics.

If you have a blog even if it's posting blog-like information to your LinkedIn profile and it’s filled with relevant content, you’ll get major bonus points.

Action #5: Learn a new skill.
Don’t know much about a CRM or project management system like HubSpot, Slack, Teams, or Drive – or even the cloud? Or perhaps there’s another thing you’d like to learn more about what you're seeing come up on job descriptions, pick one and learn it. Now.  

Action #6: Tighten up your resume and cover letter.
Sadly, that’s why we’re here battling age discrimination albeit illegal. Know your rights and the Dos and Don'ts to resume and cover letter writing. Remove references to your age from applications and resumes including the dates you graduated from high school, college or graduate school. Delete your early employment history and instead, focus on your skills and tangible contributions during interviews or simply go back 10 years and that's it.

Action #7: Have an elevator pitch.
You are a brand and brands have stories. Bundle your thirty-second statement into a quick synopsis featuring who you are, what you do, and what you want to do (as a job hunter). Your pitch will help introduce you to career and business connections in a more compelling manner.

Action #8: Send a thank you. Period.
Snail mail-style.

In the end, it boils down this point, we're highly experienced in our careers we have a proven list of accomplishments, elevated skill sets and connections do through the roof. We've navigated some of our toughest times and have already been through the learning process. Because of this we require less training and possess the right skills. The folks at the helm of hiring need to know that our leadership and experience will fit in flawlessly within their company. 


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