Tips to Managing Your Job Search

Carolyn Leighton

March 24, 2009

  • Share:    
Create a Top 20 List

This list can be made of:
• Companies you would like to work for and respect
• Companies that are geographically desirable
• Companies that you have identified an opening that fits your background
• Companies that can leverage your skill set

Network Network Network

Once you have your list of targets, work your network to find personal contacts at those companies. Linkedin, Facebook, WITI and other professional organizations,
friends, etc. are all great resources for this.

Ask for Recommendations

Reach out to people that may be able to recommend openings suitable for you. For example, if you are a Product Manager for software products, reach out to other product managers to see if they have any ideas for you. If you found them (via Google, an article they were quoted in, etc.), recruiters that are looking for people with similar backgrounds will find them too, and now they can pass along your information.%%page_break%%Stay Positive

Just because you didn't get a response to a resume you sent in via Monster, WITI4Hire, Careerbuilder, etc. does not necessarily mean that company is not interested in you. Track down people in the department or that you would potentially report to and ask if they know of any openings available now or that are coming up. Remember, a lot of reqs open up only after a company identifies a person they want to hire.

Work with Your Recruiter, but Don't Put All of Your Eggs in One Basket

Independent recruiters can be a great resource, but they need your help as much as you need theirs. Set up weekly calls, send them info about openings you have heard about at companies you know they have relationships with, brainstorm with them on companies that should be approached on your behalf.

Research the Company Before You Reach Out

Read the last 10 press releases on their website. Get a full understanding of the business that they are in and be prepared to let them know how you can contribute. Have they made any recent acquisitions? Where is the R&D being done? What are the backgrounds of the executive teams?

Carolyn Leighton founded WITI in 1989 to help women advance by providing access to - and support from - other professional women working in all sectors of technology. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has powerful programs and partnerships that provide connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other.

Opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of WITI.

Become a WITI Member!

Are you interested in boosting your career, personal development, networking, and giving back? If so, WITI is the place for you! Become a WITI Member and receive exclusive access to attend our WITI members-only events, webinars, online coaching circles, find mentorship opportunities (become a mentor; find a mentor), and more!

Become a Member

Member Coaching Circles

There are no WITI online coaching circles scheduled at this time. Please check back soon for updates.

More Coaching Circles

Our Story

Founded in 1989, WITI (Women in Technology International) is committed to empowering innovators, inspiring future generations and building inclusive cultures, worldwide. WITI is redefining the way women and men collaborate to drive innovation and business growth and is helping corporate partners create and foster gender inclusive cultures. A leading authority of women in technology and business, WITI has been advocating and recognizing women's contributions in the industry for more than 30 years.

Read More

The organization delivers leading edge programs and platforms for individuals and companies -- designed to empower professionals, boost competitiveness and cultivate partnerships, globally. WITI’s ecosystem includes more than a million professionals, 60 networks and 300 partners, worldwide.

WITI's Mission

Empower Innovators.
Inspire Future Generations.
Build Inclusive Cultures.

As Part of That Mission WITI Is Committed to

Building Your Network.
Building Your Brand.
Advancing Your Career.