March 9, 2009

LKL BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Tips on how to get your next job

Posted: 01:09 PM ET

LKL BLOG EXCLUSIVE with Women For Hire's Tory Johnson on tips to getting a job – NOTE: Tory will be our guest tonight on LKL!

In this challenging economy, you need two things to get hired: great credentials to match an employer's needs, plus exceptional skills as a jobseeker. Most people can check the first one off their list, but they fumble with the second requirement. That keeps them out of work longer than desired.

When I was fired from a job I loved, I was angry, furious, and miserable. I was convinced it was unfair and I wondered why others hadn't gotten the ax instead of me. That negativity kept me locked inside my apartment for weeks and weeks. I didn't want to face my friends and former colleagues because I was embarrassed to be out of work.

Once I realized I needed all of those people to help me land my next position, especially as my bank account balance was quickly dwindling, I was ready to come out of hiding.

Unless you're willing to maximize your current connections-and make new ones-you'll have trouble finding work today. Networking works, I promise.

Having the right attitude-one that's full of optimism, hope and self-confidence, even amid the doom and gloom headlines-is also essential when you're jobsearching. Nobody wants to help or hire a naysayer.

When you find potential openings, you must submit targeted resumes. Generic documents will never get a response. Beyond that, you have to follow up to every submission. Those postings that say "no calls" are designed to avoid having you call to ask if your resume has been received. However, you can call to express why you're ideally suited and, more importantly, you can find an internal referral who'll put in a good word for you. That's often the difference between having your resume seen or ignored.

Even with the highest unemployment in a quarter century, I witness successful hires just about every day. I travel the country weekly to see firsthand who's hiring and what's out there. Are the jobs easy to come by? No. Are they available in abundance? Definitely not. But they do exist and the two links below offer access to a wide range of job search tips to help you land one. Check out the ideas and opportunities to help you connect with potential employers. You need just one yes...and I'm rooting for your success.

Tory Johnson is CEO of Women For Hire (, Workplace Contributor on ABC's Good Morning America ( and New York Times bestselling co-author of Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash Without the Commute.

Filed under: Economy • Tory Johnson

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hugh ~ california   March 9th, 2009 2:06 pm ET

Here's a tip, say you are an illegal alien and you'll get a job where you can work "under the table" and pay no taxes because your boss will pay you cash and say you nevered worked there.

hugh ~ california   March 9th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

Here’s a tip, say you are an illegal alien and you’ll get a job where you can work “under the table” and pay no taxes because your boss will pay you cash and say you never worked there.

PS. Speaking a foreign language will give you an even better advantage.


leo   March 9th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

Dear Mr. King....Please tell me........Why is California's New Train, planned to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco / Sacramento, running on dirty polluating diesel fuel power???
We need to Clean up not dirty up?
The governor needs to go to China – Shanghai Rail to experience the latest clean technology in mass transportation.
We need to look into the future & act now
stop the old get with the new

Ken   March 9th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

Instead of "looking for a job", which can get you laid off again at anytime, start your own business. This is a great time to do it. There is too much competition with all the unemployed and underemployed right now. Start your own gig, where you call the shots, the hours and build equity. Working for another company is not the way to go.

Kelli from Tampa   March 9th, 2009 6:35 pm ET

I am starting my OWN help homeless vets with PTSD!

Kelli from Tampa   March 9th, 2009 6:47 pm ET

Right again hugh, that is the only reason Republican's did not protect the border. Every landscape company in Florida did that.

Ritam   March 9th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Only in California can this be happening. How can people be put out on the street having to live in tents? Why don't the big celebrities in California offer some help to these people? They have plenly of time and money to give. This should not be allowed for people to go in tents. Celebrities only help when they get publicity, actually celebrities make me sick they way they live. They should not be allowed to have the money they get paid. They could afford to help a large village, but they choose not to.

Ford Motor Co.   March 9th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Ford Motor Co. They "dumped" all the older white collar workers over the cliff the last 4 years. This is a company that has no problem promoting all their great benefits only to DUMP you out the door at 50. No promotions after 35.

So a small piece of advice........during good times STAY away from FRAUD (ops typo Ford). They have no regard for human lifes!!!!!!

But the individuals at the top have greedy mangement collecting stock options and bonus dollars. GREED.....rapacious desire!

cody   March 9th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

im 18 ive recently moved out of the parents i wanna know how can someone my age make it in the state that the economys in. It makes it harder to find jobs, pay car insurance wich isnt cheap for an 18 male, rent groceries ect.... i dont see a light at the end of the tunnel just debt and no hope

Lisa   March 9th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I worry about our financial recovery. I really think as long as we have shows and the news talking about how bad things are it slows down consumer confidence and creates a vicious circle of people not purchasing and because of that businesses failing and people losing jobs. I think recovery would start if we could stop shouting gloom and doom and get back to living life. Not wasting as before but more responsibly. "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"

Burgie   March 9th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I make my own granola, pancake mix, darn sox and reuse plastic bags.

John Geer   March 9th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Because of this economic downturn and layoffs, would you agree that network marketing will become huge?

Jay Willis   March 9th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

How do you market your own intellectual property to media outlets, i.e. "The Generation of Insecurity ( c ) 2008?"

Jay Willis   March 9th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Tory Johnson suggests optimism in the face of naysayers. Go farther and separate your qualifications from the actions of the hiring manager. You are qualified but you do not get hired. Or you are qualified and you do get hired. Your qualifications are entirely separate from the actions of the recruiter. Stay confident. Tory is right.

Jake Sparks   March 9th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Im a 26 year old man that got layoff. I was making $20.00 a Hr as a welder. Ive been looking for mouth's for a job going every where for work. when i got layoff i went to the Texas Workforce Commission Unemployment Insurance to apply for unemployment 2/8/09 and every week. here it is 3/9/09 and on money just Bills to pay. where is all the help at.

Jay Willis   March 9th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I am flattered and awed with the invitation to have a post on your site. As a contributor and tailgater to the Tory Johnson discussion, it brings me back to collegiate discussions where an instructor would email each person en masse for a course announcement. Then one student would do a REPLY ALL back to the class on a personal issue. Much is just simply garbage and distraction. It holds true also on newsgroups, e-bulletin boards, and chat-boards. Once said, it stays forever in cyberspace. More important than the contribution, the maturity of the contributor shines through. "First you get along. Then you Go along," as said to Cameron Diaz during Al Pacino's football movie. Thanks again for the invitation and clearance to the Tory Johnson discussion as Al Veshi filled in for Larry King Live.

Eileen   March 9th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

I try to watch "Larry " most nights if I can...on the evenings that he has someone else "hosting"... I'll usually watch for a moment and if I'm not interested....I just turn the station.....but I must say that I do enjoy Alli Velshi whenever he's on and tonight he filled in for Larry and I enjoyed him very much....much more than Dr. Phil.

....but Larry is still KING....that will never change!

kenti   March 10th, 2009 12:30 am ET

Ali Velshi did a fabulous job hosting the show. CNN needs to give him his own show. He's great 🙂

ed,vancouver canada   March 10th, 2009 2:15 am ET

1,250,000 jobs tomorrow.
auditors for the government. Illegal immgrant finder.

thats right check employers for illegal immigrunt
Another 2,500,000 jobs to prosecute,deport,and incarcerate them.

instant employment,create millions of jobs taken by the illegals.
The fines paid by the businesses will pay for the program.

within 2 months,doing well.

ed,vancouver canada   March 10th, 2009 2:22 am ET

when the dow was 7500,it was the bottom.(cnn)
looking for the bottom?
that's right. The rich people will not invest until it does.
The wild market swings are created by day traders,not long term investment.
pension fund managers after getting 40-50% losses are not putting money into the market.
if you have money to invest,some stocks are good buys.
But who knows who will survive?
"looking for the bottom"

ed,vancouver canada   March 10th, 2009 2:26 am ET

there is hints of a second stimulus.....
hey how about small business loans and mortgages at 3% to save another 20% of the homeowners.and another 10% of the job market.

if you do not,banks which are RAISING RATES,(otherwise why buy now?) will be charging 15% for a mortgage.

pigs,pigs.and more pigs

Doug   March 11th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

The host and doctors discussed issues covered in Bill Clinton's interview after he incorrectly pondered the future (yes future) "fertilization of embryos" at least twice.
Forgive me for pointing out the obvious but the embryo is a result of fertilization.
Is Clinton attempting to change the facts of science?
Is CNN's reporter too weak or ignorant to expose the untruth?
Or is CNN complicit in an attempt to sway public opinion by re-writing the facts of conception?

Majd Nazo   April 9th, 2009 12:14 am ET

We need to address the hiring process issue which many companies seem to embrace rapidly and blindly.

Dear Companies,

These current rules of not accepting resumes in person anymore are shameful. I drove a long distance to present my resume in hopes of a bonus interview on the spot but was constintly refused. They would not even take the paper, for God's sake it's a paper! They explain to you that they do all their hiring through the net / online, why?...Your just making the job hiring process much more dificult in times of recession, panic...anger. Many citizens like myself who's portfolio includes original artwork, print designs and video clips may not be given an opportunity to speak person to person with the employer. In my opinion personality is what creates a person and when such corporations are unable to meet with you, they force their eyes and mind to view only 40% of your total potential. To be fair resumes should be allowed both ways: in person or online.

Help us help you!

What do you think Larry?

San Diego,CA

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