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Best Advice for Indy Job Seekers


Robby

It seems I meet with an Indianapolis job seeker almost every week. I’m just trying to be helpful in assisting them to find their next your opportunity. However although all of these individuals are strikingly different in their background, their experience, their education, and their interest, they all seem to have the same challenges in common.

For example almost everyone I talk to speaks in vague generalities about the kind of job the type of company and the area or industry in which they would like to work. Not only can I not help a job seeker if they are not specific, they are likely to remain someone searching for jobs here in Indianapolis or many months or years to come.

Getting specific is more than just knowing what you want. It also requires being able to explain what you want and why you have researched this area in detail. Don’t say you “want to work in project management” if you can’t explain the basics of dependencies or the advantages of a Gantt chart. Don’t say you want to work in logistics if you don’t know the difference between a 3PL and a 4PL. Don’t say you enjoy “managing people” unless you can contrast at least two different popular management styles and justify which one you prefer to follow.

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In fact among the best advice I can give anyone looking for jobs in Indianapolis is to get specific and prove your expertise as quickly as possible in the conversation. For example, if you’re interested and working at Indianapolis employer SalesForce, be sure and know the names of at least three people who work there. If you want a job at one of our exceptional local banks or credit unions, know their mission statement by heart. If you want a job at any company that has appeared in the news in the last five years, be able to summarize what the media said about them. Prepare to impress me in the conversation and I will be inspired to work harder to help you.

This advice doesn’t just apply for people looking to change their job. This is good advice for anyone analyzing their career anywhere. Get specific. Offer details. Do your homework show others how much you care so others will care about you.

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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One Response

  1. Ami August 29 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    This is good advice, and I'll be sure to apply it as I begin a job search in October. Thanks for the tips. I love specific advice!

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