New Job Countdown: Taking steps toward a new job
McBane and Safani strategize. Photo credit: Dave Sanders
By Karen Tina Harrison
Special to amNewYork
Welcome to New Job Countdown, in which well chronicle a readers job hunt every other Monday.
Are you on career search yourself? Our MO can work for you. Remember, The economy is tough, but New Yorkers are tougher.The seeker:
Allegra McBane, 27, a poised and confident Manhattanite, studied theater at the University of Southern California and has specialized in public relations for performing arts companies. Downsized in December, she seeks a PR or marketing spot in a creative field, earning at least 65K.
Job-hunt consultant Barbara Safani, author of Happy About My Resume, owns Career Solvers in midtown (CareerSolverscom). I teach clients to break out of the pack, get noticed and get hired, she says.
Allegra hopes to climb the job ladder through PR and marketing, eventually running an arts organization. Talking with Barbara, she realized that the ladder could include jobs not just in the arts but media, fashion and nonprofit world.
Barbara will help Allegra create a strategy to become visible to people with hiring power. Her method is four-fold:
Team up with a recruiter, if possible
Work those online job boards and ads
Cold-call, but the right companies and managers
Network everywhere from Facebook to alumni events, says Barbara. Most jobs are gotten through someone you know.
Part I: Barbara asked Allegra to list her network.
Break it up into inner circle (friends, family, community, clubs); professional contacts; and online world.
Part 2: Barbara assigned Allegra a focusing exercise.
This trains candidates to promote not their personal attributes but their value to employers bottom line.
Âª For every job youve had, write three task success stories.
Describe the specific challenge, your action and your result.
On Monday March 9, New Job Countdown will check back in with Allegra, taking in her homework, strategy, resume and network.