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Motivation is crucial to success.

Last week Gill McPartlan, project manager of the Wise Group, offered tips on how to win promotion.

This week, she goes right back to the beginning and offers smart advice on how to start the search for your new job.

Gill says: "When starting a search for a new job you need to think about your ideas and get them down on paper. The following hot tips and smart tricks should be applied to your own individual search.

"By writing down your ideas, you can organize them and put them to work for you. The following ideas may not all apply to you. However, you will see opportunities to transform your job-search approach."

Gill uses some innovative approaches to starting a new-job search, as well as the more traditional methods.

1. Put together a comprehensive portfolio that will create a powerful first impression. Include your own two-page CV and a covering letter with key accomplishment summaries and statements of industry, company or practical job insights.

2. Try to avoid common CV mistakes such as a weak demonstration of results, disorganized, run-on or wordy sentences, and too much irrelevant information such as long lists of coursework, certificates and personal family history.

Most importantly, avoid the use of "half-sentences" that only tell what you did and do not define the results you achieved. Once again, avoid misspellings, typing errors and grammatical blunders that are far too commonplace.

3. The primary reason why most job-seekers fail in their job search is that they are too focused on themselves - job title, responsibilities, compensation, location, growth opportunity, and status.

Those who achieve success are focused on the needs of the organisation to which they are applying and the needs of the people in that organisation.

4. Don't be trapped by looking backward at your last position with regret or anger. Eyes-forward with enthusiasm, energy and confidence for the new opportunities that lie in the future.

5. Seek out every opportunity to expand your network through friends. Become active in professional organisations and community groups. Meet new people in social and leisure situations; engage those people in conversations on how you can help them and then they, in turn, will help you.

6. Get organized and committed. The big mistake most people make is finding excuses for not being active in their search. Prepare a daily plan of the things you have to do in your search.If you need advice, or need to speak with a professional job finder, groups like the Wise Group is here to help you.

7. When writing about yourself, think more about the individual you are addressing, what his or her needs are, and how you can help him or her, given your leadership and expertise.

For example: If you are talking to an human resources person, talk about team-building, collaboration and being open to ideas.

If being interviewed by a sales manager, talk about your energy, drive, new products, sales opportunities and how everyone in the firm should be considered part of the sales team.

If you are meeting an analytical person - such as a financial or technical manager - talk about the importance of systems, processes, details, organisation and procedures. If you are meeting a senior department head, talk about the importance of generating bottom-line results.

8. When you define your career, think in terms of your leadership and contributions to the bottom line. It's important to go beyond your job history, experience, or skill set.

9. If you are a more mature job-seeker, look at gaining new up-to-the-minute skills, look at becoming contemporary in concepts for your industry or sector.

Many mature job seekers are passed over because they are not up-to-date.

Also, regardless of your industry or position, it is important to become proficient in current computer technology and applications.

10. When searching out and securing a new position, your ability to do the job is only a small piece of the total puzzle.

By demonstrating innovation, a willingness to accept responsibility, ability to grow within your job and the company, your ability to assume authority when required, your respect of authority, your level of expertise, your ability to manage and lead others, your ability to work in a team environment, a personality that shows self-confidence, the courage to make tough decisions, compatibility with the corporate culture, and your display of high energy and enthusiasm, you will help put yourself in line to search out the right job.

Gill concluded: "While the above cool tips and smart tricks only scratch the surface, they will help you rethink your job-search strategy and get you pointed in the right direction.

"We all know that today's job market is tough, so the message is persistence. Get focused, implement great strategies, and stay motivated. You are going to succeed."

For further information contact the Wise Group on (0191) 274 8585.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2003
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