4 Tips for a More Productive Job Search


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There’s a lot of work that goes into a successful job search, and depending on your field or level, a search may demand a big time and effort commitment. Looking at everything you should be doing may leave you feeling less than excited at the process. If you’re like me, procrastination isn’t even second nature, it's business as usual. Here are 4 quick productivity tips & resources to help keep you on track and that will have you feeling like an accomplished job search pro.

Reverse Engineer Your Job Search


Scrabble Career FlazingoDotComIn a good job search, you should be pursuing leads, networking, doing your research, and actively engaging with the process. The keyword in that last sentence was actively. In a great job search, you’ll also be an attractive passive candidate. What’s the difference? In an active search, you’re doing all the legwork to make things happen; as a passive candidate, you make yourself attractive to recruiters and employers hoping that they will seek you out and make an offer. Passive candidates are often already employed or engaged in something, so this is a fantastic strategy if you aren’t necessarily looking to leave your current role in the next five minutes. Combine the principles of active and passive searching, and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Want to know more? I shared tips and strategies for this session in my blog post for the Beyond the Professoriate conference. You can read it here.

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Informational Interview - Barbara Corcoran

Have you ever wanted to interview a super-successful person and ask them how they got to where they are? Me too. In fact, I have a wish list. One of the people I’d love to speak with is Barbara Corcoran from television’s Shark Tank (the American version of Dragon’s Den for all my fellow Canadians out there). What? Barbara over Mark Cuban? Yes! Barbara just seems human and approachable. The kind of person you would want as your mentor if you’re trying to figure out what you’re doing or how to get ahead. Thanks to technology, I got the chance to hear Barbara tell her story and share her best advice, and so can you. Here are some of the major lessons I learned:

Are You Settling or Negotiating?

In 2014 I changed positions at the university. My new job is my dream, a role I’ve wanted for years. I love my department, colleagues, and my direct supervisor is absolutely awesome. So when the offer finally came through, you would assume that I just jumped at it. Nope. As a career professional, I felt a sense of duty to all of my clients to negotiate the offer. You’d think it would be easy for me, right? Ha! Like many women out there, just the thought of negotiating made me nauseous, and actually doing it was terribly hard. What if he’d rescinded the offer? Decided that I was greedy, or a b-----? Of course he didn't, but the point isn’t what he actually thought but the wild paranoia that ran through my mind. Women don’t tend to negotiate on our own behalf. We negotiate for others, advocate for them, and place others’ best interests first, but when it comes to our own benefits packages we falter.

Don't Take a Break, Take a MOOC

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It’s winter. The holidays have just passed, and people are happily or unhappily reflecting on the year that has ended with thoughts of making 2015 better. Within a few weeks or months, people will be planning winter getaways to escape the cold and dark, so they can refresh their batteries. Here’s a better tip: don’t take a break, take a MOOC.

It isn’t a new coffee, though you can never have too many of those. No, a MOOC is a massive online open course. They’ve been around for years, but they are far too often overlooked as a source for professional development or personal fulfilment. Whether you’re looking to advance your career, change tracks, or looking to do something for yourself, you are likely to find a MOOC that suits your needs.

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Catherine Maybrey Coaching Services provides comprehensive career coaching packages to help clients move forward in their transition through action. As the principal and owner, Cate believes in “telling it like it is” and helping her clients to reach their goals through a combination of education, information, and collaboration. She also works with employers to provide custom training and organizational effectiveness solutions, believing that people should work smarter, not harder.

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For individuals seeking assistance with their careers, we offer support for everything from resumes and cover letters through growth and advancement, specializing in clients with graduate degrees and mid-level careers across all fields. We also offer client group coaching programs and custom designed solutions for organizations.

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