Job seekers don’t have to look very far to find advice. Book stores and the Internet are filled with ideas about strategies, tools and tips to help people find jobs. What is different about my colleague Tim Tyrell-Smith’s book, 30 Ideas: The Ideas of Successful Job Search, is his perspective as a hiring manager and a former job seeker. He was inspired to share his 30 ideas based on his own experiences.
He explains his job search focus is on “working with a purpose throughout the process…there’s little room for impulse decision-making. It is about efficiency and structure.” A bonus? His background is in consumer marketing (22 years). In case you didn’t already know — finding a job is all about marketing, branding and communicating, so Tim’s experience is invaluable.
30 Ideas offers both practical advice and important reminders.
For example, we know it’s difficult to maintain a positive mindset while job hunting. We also know how invaluable it can be to face the challenge with an optimistic attitude. Tim empathetically provides numerous suggestions to help job seekers keep an upbeat focus, including:
- ideas to create an actionable strategy
- reminders to embrace some of your “free” time to recharge your batteries
- specifics to consider, even on the worst days
- tips to overcome irrational fears
- how to avoid the “out of work” stigma
In addition to these important reminders, Tim takes his readers through practical job search networking steps, offering advice about:
- how to tell your network what you want
- whom to target for networking
- how to handle networking events
- when to readjust your “pitch” — and how
- what NOT to do when you network (which could be as important as what TO do)
Tim’s book is a great resource for job seekers who need a boost and some real-life, honest-to-goodness advice to remind them they can make a difference in their job hunts. Be sure to also visit Tim’s website/blog, where he offers frequent insights for job seekers — extending the advice in the book and interacting with his readers. You may also be interested in Tim’s LinkedIn group, Tim’s Strategy – Ideas For Job Search, Career And Life, where a community of job seekers and advisors share ideas and suggestions.
Tim generously offered to send a copy of his book to one of my readers! Comment below with a tip for job seekers based on your experience or a question!