by Kristy Amburgey
I love a good quote, and I read one the other day that I thought so wonderfully summed up a challenge that job seekers face today. Many people searching for employment think like a job seeker, hoping that someone will find them, identify their talents, see how their previous experience might relate and even place them in the right position. Instead, I want to emphasize this point from an article, 10 Ways To Use Speed Networking In Your Job Search, by Melissa C. Martin who writes for Careerealism.
“Communicate more like a consultant or solution-finder than a job seeker”
I think that this one suggestion is such an important mindset for any job seeker to accept. You need to find the employers, identify their needs, relate your previous experience to those needs and even place yourself in the right position to be hired. Just like a consultant would do for a new client, you need to spend time understanding a company’s pains in order to help them find solutions. Use your time to network, connect, build relationships and interact with those who may have need for your services. Always proactively advocate for yourself through solution-driven conversations.
Instead of waiting for a company to come calling, be the solution-finder, as Ms. Martin would say, that you know you are.
Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for approximately 10 years and with Career Services for nine years.