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Note:Lynnette Souza-Falls, Protelo, Inc., provides today’s Guest Blog, Take Control of Your Job Search!

To obtain the desired job, it's vital to take control of your job search!

Lynnette Falls

As a NetSuite Partner and Reseller, Protelo has a wide range of experience across all areas of NetSuite technology. They help companies fully implement, troubleshoot, and optimize NetSuite to meet unique business needs. Lynnette was initially brought on board to implement a corporate recruitment strategy plan and manage all aspects of the recruitment function for the company, as well as kick-start and maintain a Junior Developer program for those interested in a future career in programming.

Lynnette brings over ten years of experience in Talent Acquisition and Recruiting to Protelo, working within various industries. She worked at a major tech company early on in her career and also has a background in Workforce Development and Human Resources. Lynnette’s Workforce Development background includes contributing to developing support services for curriculum-aligned work-based learning opportunities for students while building partnerships with public and private sector industry partners, educators, schools, and community service providers.

Lynette has managed various student internship programs, presented at local workforce development conferences, and has conducted multiple workshops and class lectures preparing students for the world of work. Lynnette has received numerous awards for successfully connecting individuals to new work opportunities. She has been responsible for putting hundreds of people to work in various career stages over the years.


Take Control of Your Job Search!

For the most part, gone are the days of working a dead-end job for decades. In today’s market, candidates can now be more selective in their job search and should really put some thought into what drives them before embarking on that endeavor. Is the goal to make more money, obtain a higher status, be a part of a better work culture, or simply learn new skills?

Like with any goal, it is important to list out the qualities about a job that are imperative and then put a strategy in place to go after that. If the goal is to make more money or climb the corporate ladder, researching larger organizations might make the most sense. However, if the goal is to learn a variety of skills and become more well-rounded, considering working for a smaller organization might be beneficial.

Questions to answer and facts to verify:

Where do you want to be long-term? What provides fulfillment and what is important to you? Know your worth, strengths, and what you bring to the table and be prepared to clearly communicate that to employers. Without a clear direction you could find yourself lost in a sea of short-term positions that do not serve a purpose and could hinder your growth later. Before putting yourself out there consider the following to take control of your job search :

WHY am I considering new job opportunities at this time?

Knowing why you are looking for work is probably the first step in understanding what improvements could be made in your current situation. If you were 100% happy, you would not be considering anything else.

What makes me a valuable employee?

Know your worth! It is very important to know what you are good at, what your strengths are, and what you would bring to the table. It is always a good idea to brainstorm your strengths and make sure you know them so when asked you can effortlessly explain them to an employer. It might also be a good idea to write down something you want to improve upon. This is NOT a weakness!

What are my dealbreakers, non-negotiables, and desires for an employer?

What is important to you at this stage of your life? You may need benefits for your family, more income, a retirement plan, or more of a work/life balance. We all have different needs, and it is normal for those needs to change over time. What works for our situation now, might not work for us in the future. It is always good to re-evaluate your needs every so often.

What does my future look like down the road?

Future vision and goal setting could give you an idea of where you want to end up. Sometimes if you know where you want to be you can work backwards and figure out how to get there.

What gets me out of bed in the morning?

What are you passionate about? What makes you want to ride a bike ten miles to work in the snow because you like what you do so much? Once you identify that, work will not feel so much like work. It IS possible to actually love what you do!

Options can be a good thing and in today’s market, you have a lot of them. With a lot of options in front of you it might also seem overwhelming at times. If you are just entering the workforce, you might be trying to navigate the system to find out where you belong. If you are re-entering the workforce after being out of it for a while, you might be wondering what has changed and what new skills are now required. If you are a seasoned employee looking for a change, you might not have had to search for a job or interview in a very long time and not sure where to begin. No matter what stage in life you are in, preparing for a job search is important because lack of direction can lead to overload and wasted time.

Here are a few tips:

From a Recruiters perspective, we want to see a confident, prepared, and professional version of yourself. We also want to get the genuine side of you as well. I get more out of an interview discussing a passion then if the candidate recited their skills and accolades. It is not to say that those things are not equally important; however, I get a better glimpse of your character and personality, which is just as important, when matching candidates to a position. Be yourself!

Stay on topic! We get it. Interviews can be nerve-wracking. Take a second in an interview to breathe slowly a few times before answering a question. This will give your brain some time to put together the best answer possible. Try to not veer off in another direction with your response and try to stay on topic making sure to answer the question directly. If you need the question repeated in an interview, it is perfectly ok to ask for the question to be repeated.

Research! You want to make sure you do not show up to an interview knowing absolutely nothing about the company or the position you are interviewing for. You never want to say “I don’t know” when asked what you know about the company. You also want to make sure you come prepared to ask a few well thought out questions that are company or position specific. You do not want to conclude the interview with “I don’t have any questions” as that can show your level of disinterest in the opportunity.

You currently have the advantage and remember that you own your own employability!  You might get rejected a few times. So what? Keep your head up and keep pushing forward. Rejection is normal and all part of the process! Blessings.


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Sales Tips: Take Control of Your Job Search!

  1. Inquire of those who went before you, ‘how did you choose your career?’ 
  2. An initial question on a job interview is to ask, ‘you must receive so many resumes; what sparked an interest to take the time to speak with me today?’
  3. Questions engage your prospective employer; attempt to question more and talk less.
  4. Prospective employers and recruiters generally enjoy a free-flowing conversation that begins with a question.
  5. Salespeople with experience learn to listen more carefully to catch underlying potential issues by asking questions; it’s essential to sell you and your talent on an interview!
  6. Upon hearing a concern, ask another question to uncover a possible problem.
  7. Throughout a job or sales conversation, use the art of QLC: Question-Listen-Clarify.
  8. When you sell your talent using questions, you are far more likely to increase interest in you.
  9. Using the above suggestions and tips will enable you to take control of your job search.
  10. Celebrate Success!


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