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The Essential 5 Step Game Plan for Getting Hired Quicker

30 Lessons

How to Find the Best Jobs

I’m Carl Bradford and I want to welcome you to my 5 Step Job Search Game Plan .

My steps are based on 40 years of experience as an HR Director, Executive Recruiter, and Trainer for some of the most prestigious company recruiting teams. I’ve trained 2,000+ recruiters in how to search for people just like you, how to interview and negotiate your starting salary.

I’ve reverse engineered their training and created a ” no-fluff” course to help you be the best job candidate you can be. It’s designed around the 5 key steps that I’ve discovered are required to organize and execute a well-planned job search.

I’ll also introduce you to several of the best job search tools and resources available that’ll help you be more productive, stay organized and engage with more top employers.

This course is designed for people across all industries, different jobs and has something to offer to even the most senior leaders in every part of the organization and this includes HR professionals.

There two best ways to use this information.

  1. Go through the course from beginning to end and apply the methods taught and use the suggested resources.
  2. Use the content as a reference and return as necessary. This can be especially helpful for practicing answers to interview questions.

Click on the Start Here button to begin, or on any module/lesson below to jump to that topic.

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Course Content

Introduction to the 5 Step Job Step Game Plan 1 Lesson

Video: What is the 5 Step Job Search Game Plan

This is a brief overview of the course where I ask 9 questions that help explain what you'll learn.

I highly recommend that you review all modules, but at the very least choose those topics that you are most curious about, or those that you'd like some additional information

Step 1a: Why You Need an Achiever-based Resume & How to Get It 4 Lessons

How to Get a Standout Resume that Gets Interviews

Your resume should be as unique as your fingerprint. Your resume content should use language that will instantly and positively connect with what the reader is thinking in a way that captures their attention and creates a desire for an interview.

Your resume should accomplish 3 purposes.

  1. Help you get the interview
  2. Increase your value during salary negotiations.
  3. Focus your reference checks on your best work.

How Recruiters Scan and Read Your Resume: What You Have to Do!

You've got from 6 to 10 seconds to capture the attention of a recruiter. Your resume must be written to quickly engage their interest and cause them to slow down and read your resume, not just scan it. It's absolutely possible to make that happen.

Your resume won't even be chosen for review unless you have the right information and the best recruiters add "achiever terms" to their resume search criteria to help them isolate the best resumes.

How a Great Resume Adds Many $1,000s to Your Lifetime Earnings

Your resume plays an important part in being selected for an interview and how well your interview goes. Having the best possible information on your resume will influence the interview itself. That being said, the stronger your interview, the more likely your compensation will be offered at highly competitive rates.

You'll discover a way to calculate the long-term impact on compensation by having a great resume. This includes a study that shows the type of resume recruiters say adds 7% more value (think $$$) during their review.

How to Test Your Resume Effectiveness With a Free Resume Critique

You'll discover a way to get a FREE "resume critique" so you can be sure you've got the best resume, using the best format, using achiever terminology...even if your resume was professionally written!

Not all professional resume writers are created equal. Many of them have never been on the resume review and hiring side and are more concerned about creating a "pretty" resume, which if often less effective than it should be!

Step 1b: How to Create a Powerful LinkedIn Profile That Attracts Employers by Being SWK 3 Lessons

Create a Compelling LinkedIn Profile That Gets Discovered

LinkedIn is the "go to" source for candidates and the best recruiters with the best jobs use search criteria called "achiever terms" and that is in addition to the key skill words commonly associated with the type of person they're searching for.

Your LinkedIn profile must be optimized and most aren't done nearly well enough to become SWK. Learn what SWK means in this module.

The Relationship of Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

In a study of 24,570 LinkedIn profiles those with a comprehensive profile have a 71% change of getting a job interview. Over 122 million people got interviews through LinkedIn in 2019. You're competing with 660+ million people. You can't afford not to know what you have to do to be seen as SWK.

See the detailed information and chart in this lesson illustrating this powerful result.

Why You Need a Powerful LinkedIn Profile When You’re Not Looking For a Job

LinkedIn is more than a social platform for job seekers. Much more!

It's a vital part of your personal brand where you can connect with people who may want to purchase a product from you or your company. They may want to connect for a variety of professional reasons, or even set up a meeting with you to discuss any number of topics related to your profession.

You want to be found and seen as SWK (Someone Worth Knowing). This brief lesson will provide more details.

Step 2: How to Organize a Smart Job Search Game Plan 2 Lessons

Introducing Specialized Job Search Management Software

In this module you'll learn why you need your own dedicated job search tracker. Think of it like a CRM only designed exclusively for managing your job search.

You'll discover where you can find this job search management tool along with some great job search tips, tricks, hacks and strategies that you can begin using right away!

How to Effectively Execute Your Job Search

Does it seem like your job search leaves you feeling overwhelmed? Experiencing confusion in how and where to find decision makers with solid employers who are hiring your specific skill sets?

In this lesson you'll discover where to get a structured 6 weeks job search program that has proven highly effective for many job seekers just like you.

Step 3: How to Find and Pursue More Job Opportunities 2 Lessons

Searching for Active Job Listings

The links in this lesson are a brief review of the most well-known job board sites. You'll also find links using Google search that will provide additional information for you to consider.

Remember that once you use the bigger job boards, look for niche job boards that specialize in your job skills and/or industry and/or profession.

Networking for Job Leads

Networking will often uncover so-called 'hidden' jobs. Typically this usually means either job that are just being approve for hire and haven't yet been released for online posting.

It can also include jobs that are considered confidential and will not be openly advertised. This latter category can be the sweet spot for your job search.

Step 4: How to Ace Every Type of Job Interview 9 Lessons

The 7 Types of Interview You Must Know About

There 7 different interviews being used by employers today. You'll likely experience at least two and possibly a hybrid interview combining two or more.

You'll discover these different types of interviews and when they're most often used. The following lessons will dig deeper into each one to provide you with important information.

Phone Screen and Video Interview Preparation

Learn more about phone screens and video interviews. Acing these interviews is your ticket to get into the game.

Discover the correct interview preparation, etiquette and interview questions.

Practice Interview Questions with Answer Guidance for the Traditional Interview

The traditional interview typically consists of questions in three different categories.

General questions, career and job questions, and compensation questions.

This lesson is great for covering some of the most common questions and can be used to actually practice your answers.

Each question has the tips, traps and strategies you need to know along with a best answer and/or how you should structure your answers.

Answering Questions Using the STAR and More

Answering questions the most effective was requires two things

First, giving a succinct 'Goldilocks' answer that is neither two long or two short. The STAR method explained in this lesson is a great template. Second, figuring out - as soon as possible - if your interviewer is a 'clock watcher' or a 'clock builder' also explained in this lesson.

Preparing for a Behavioral Interview

The behavioral interview is the style of choice for many large employers as well as the better trained smaller employers. It is fundamentally flawed because it uses competencies out of context many times. Understanding this flaw will help you to overcome these shortcomings. 

It is much better however than traditional interviews, but less effective than Performance-based Interviews which are covered in the next lesson.

Preparing for a Performance-based Interview

After certifying 2,000+ recruiters in Performance-based Hiring methods I've discovered this is the most effective interviewing method and it's being adopted by many forward-thinking employers and recruiters.

By understanding what this method is, you can often help alter the focus of a traditional or behavioral interview into more of a performance-based interview, which will often improve your interview results.

Preparing for a Panel Interview

Many employers now-a-days incorporate a panel interview into their hiring process. The questions can include a combination of traditional, behavioral, or performance-based. Sometimes a case study is included.

It's critical to understand this interview method and be prepared as you'll discover in this lesson.

Preparing for a Case Study Interview

This is a method frequently used in interviews with consulting and legal firms that require a lot of client interface and thinking on your feet in a client setting. That isn't the only times or places it's used, but you'll discover the basics of what this method entails and how to prepare in this lesson.

Asking for the Job: Power Follow-up

You must ALWAYS follow-up with the employer after your interview. The most common way is short, succinct email...but there's a more powerful way and you'll discover what that is in this lesson.

Step 5: How to Negotiate Your Best Salary 6 Lessons

Evaluating Job Opportunities With a Structured Process

Of course, not all job offers are equal, even when the salary/compensation is more or less equivalent. In this lesson you'll discover a structured process that can be applied to every job offer to help you remove some unconscious bias and evaluate your offers based on long-term criteria.

Building Your Job Offer Comparison Matrix

Sorting through multiple criteria that make up your job decision can become confusing, especially when some factors should carry more weight than others. In this lesson you'll get a download of a job decision matrix form which will help you through your final decision process.

In your case, you may need to alter the form a bit, but using this as a starting place will be a big help in arriving at your final job decision.

10 Things You Must Know About Salary Negations

You cannot expect to conclude salary negotiations in your favor unless you prepare - the right way.

This lesson will help you make those preparations so you begin with the best strategy and the proper research.

Salary Calculators and Cost-of-Living Comparisons

As mentioned in the previous lesson, preparing for salary negotiations is critical. In this lesson you'll discover 6 places to get comparable salary information.

If you're comparing jobs that involve different locations, you'll also need to consider cost-of-living differences and in this lesson you'll find 3 places that will provide invaluable cost-of-living data on which to make your decision.

Navigating the Stressful Resignation Process

Once you've decided to make a job change, the process can become stressful. The amount of stress can vary depending on your current employer and your individual circumstances.

The key again is preparation and that's what you'll find in this lesson.

Counter Offers: Road to Ruin or Great Negotiating Strategy?

Counteroffers are often a part of your job change. There are different and often strong opinions on this topic and in this lesson you'll discover what I've learned about them. Study the information and draw your own conclusions. 

Bonus Information for Sr Leaders and Executives 3 Lessons

Part 1 – Safely Making the Transition to Owning Your Own Business

No course on careers would be complete without addressing this topic...and it's often left out with the assumption that everyone is just looking for their next 'job.'

It might interest you to know that studies consistently show about 83% of people have thought about owning their own business, and/or escaping the 'rat-race' of Corporate America. The obstacles are usually some combination of money and/or risk.

This lesson opens up the possibility of how risk can be minimized along with using OPM (other people's money) to at least explore your options.

Part 2 – Should You Consider Franchise Ownership – Why or Why Not?

You MUST go through the prior lesson before this one.

This lesson explores how a franchise might be your ticket to being your own boss...and we're not talking about fast-food franchises. Did you know that it's possible to get FREE no pressure consultations with a Franchise Consultant where you will learn about what's available and how you can explore this option? (Bradford Consulting is NOT a Franchise Consultant; but as career experts we know the best one on the planet)!

If you've ever wanted to at least explore this as a possible option/investment; either as a full-time owner, part-time owner or absentee owner, you'll find out what to do next in this lesson.

Using a Coach – What One Well-known CEO Said

This is a great option for mid-level and senior executives. They can provide expert guidance in your career not only at this time, but help you navigate your future to be best you can be. This includes how to achieve a great work-life balance along your career journey.

Bradford Consulting does not provide this service, but as career experts we know one of the best career coaches on the planet and we'd be pleased to refer you so you can at least make an informed decision on if he can benefit your current and future career.

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