Job Seekers: Do You Have a Personal Career Advisory Board?

job search advisorsWhen considering important career decisions, wouldn’t it be great to have a team of people you could reach out to and get help? By building a personal career advisory board, you can get great advice that helps break down the most common barriers of a job search.

How often do you follow through on difficult tasks?

What about those leads you got last week at a networking group?

Have you tried EVERY possible option to find a connection within the company that posted a job that is a “perfect fit” for you?

Personally, I know how difficult it can be to follow up and I feel overwhelmed by all the things I need to do to keep my business running.  There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the week. I can only imagine that you, as a job seeker, face many of the same feelings.

The truth is, we all need a little help with time management skills, personal accountability and a shortcut through many of the job search learning curves…

Create a Career Advisory Board

A personal Board of Directors or Job Search Advisors is a group of people who have strengths in areas you don’t.  They may have inside knowledge of an industry or role. These are people you look to for help, guidance, information or knowledge.

Chose People Who Are Strong Where You Are Not

Think about the people you know (employed or unemployed) who have strengths in areas you don’t.  If you struggle to make follow up calls, look for someone who has been in sales, business development or who isn’t afraid to pick up the phone.  Ask them if they could spare some time to help coach you or be available once in a while to help plan/script what to say.

Many Hands Make Light Work

One person isn’t enough for your support team. You don’t want that one person to feel overwhelmed by your requests for help.  Let each person know that they will be part of your team.  It will make it feel less of a burden for them.

The other benefit of having a team is that you’ll have access to varying opinions.  There isn’t just one right way to do something.  Job search strategies are very gray.  For example, how many times have you shown your resume to people and gotten different types of feedback?  Very few people will agree on what makes an “excellent resume”.  It is a personal interpretation.

Show Gratitude and Appreciation

Ask them to do you a favor and remember, in return, you will need to find ways to help them out as well.

Show your appreciation by sending your board of directors an interesting article, introducing them to someone who you think they may benefit from knowing, or promoting the person or their company on social media and with your network. The best way to show gratitude and your appreciation is to simply say thank you.

Career Advisory Board: A Solid Long-Term Career Strategy

The benefits of putting together a career advisory board can also carry over to your career. Once you are in a new role, begin selecting a new board of advisors! Those carefully-chosen people will assist you with the next phase of your career. And who wouldn’t want that kind of help?


For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Career Sherpa.


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Hannah Morgan hiring prosAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!



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