Finally: A Job Description for the 21st Century Job Seeker

1In a previous blog post, Conducting an Effective Job Search, I wrote that “finding a full-time job is a full-time job.”

And then I thought: “Every job has a job description, right?”

So I’ve created a job description for everyone who ever needs to find work. Here, you’ll see exactly what skills are required, as well as the duties you’ll need to perform well to do a decent job… of being being a job seeker in today’s workplace!

Position: 21st Century Job Seeker

This is an exciting, rewarding entry-level role that will provide you with the proper training to become a young professional job seeker. The hours will sometimes be long; you must be willing to adapt to new opportunities. This is a 100% commission position; you will not get paid until you close the deal.

This position reports to yourself, and is overseen by a board of directors of your choosing, which typically includes trusted members of your network, mentors and family members.

Required Qualifications

  • Self starter, able to take the initiative
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Savvy; possesses comprehensive industry knowledge
  • Must be results driven and persistent
  • Comfortable conducting business on the phone, including making cold calls
  • Assertive and persuasive without being pushy
  • Great listener, quick thinker and ability to work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills. Ability to strike the proper balance of assertiveness and not coming on too strong with prospects.
  • Strong computer skills; able to create well-formatted documents in Word
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Must have previously conducted research on career fields
  • Proficiency using “advanced” search on LinkedIn
  • Ability to conduct online research
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to relate to individuals at all levels of an organization
  • Demonstrated ability of attained hard skills and soft skills in the past four years, including critical thinking and ability to learn new things quickly. (Note: depending on the industry, this may or may not be reflected in your GPA. To some hiring managers, GPA is a meaningless statistic. (See “Your GPA Sucks and I Will Hire You Anyway”)
  • Complete profile on LinkedIn and an active Twitter account with a 160-character branding statement
  • Completed self assessment (strengths, weaknesses, skills, interests, knowledge and any gaps in knowledge skills and abilities)
  • Compelling resume that focuses on results and achievements rather than job duties
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends
  • Preferred qualification to be a member of, and have active involvement in, a professional association

Job Duties

  • Create and execute a job search plan that is a combination of researching, prospecting / building relationships and applying for open positions
  • Seek assistance and input from professionals working in your chosen field and career services professionals at your college. Take action on advice provided.
  • Generate prospects. Attend professional events, including conferences, seminars, chamber of commerce events, and job fairs.
  • Cultivate / followup with prospects. Properly execute communications through email, telephone, and social media.
  • Schedule meetings with professionals working in the industry or industries in which you are interested. Prior to each meeting, create a thoughtful list of questions.
  • Follow up on leads generated through your efforts and suggestions from your network.
  • Follow up after phone calls and meetings.
  • Manage reputation. Act in a professional manner in day-to-day situations and online.
  • Create promotional materials, print and online. Research and implement online options that fit your situation, such as creating a blog, an or Vizify page, and using a video resume site like Say Hello There.
  • Join LinkedIn groups consistent with your professional interests and participate in discussions
  • Join your college’s alumni group on LinkedIn and research alumni within the group and on LinkedIn’s alumni pages.
  • Use Twitter professionally. Follow target companies and target recruiters, and reply to tweets they post. Participate in professional chats every week.
  • Collaborate with other job seekers, typically in non-competitive fields. Assist each other with networking connections.
  • Search for appropriate open positions online. Develop a unique resume (and cover letter if required) for each job.
  • Follow up after each job application. Call someone at the organization on the phone, ideally the hiring manager. Use LinkedIn to find common connections within the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Does this sound a lot like a job description for a sales person? Yes, and that is intentional. After all, the one thing the professional job seekers sells… is yourself!

What am I missing? To create the ideal job description for a job seeker, what would you add?





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Rich Grant AuthorAbout the Author: Rich Grant has a background in writing and editing, business planning, and higher education. Rich is the current president of the Maine College Career Consortium and the former director of career services at a small four-year college in Maine. He is wrapping up a 10-month interim position as a career adviser and internship coordinator at a private college and is seeking his next role in business or higher education. Find Rich on LinkedIn and Twitter, and become a regular visitor to his blog where he imparts his words of wisdom once or twice a week. Follow Rich on Twitter!



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