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Employed but Actively Looking for a New Job?

This page is for

you if you:

  • Dread going to work each day.
  • Have a current resume and while employed, are actively applying for jobs.
  • Are sending resumes with no response. Recruiters don't respond either.
  • Are actively interviewing, but not getting offers.
  • Are not being viewed or receiving unsolicited contacts from recruiters via LinkedIn
  • Are unsure how to network effectively via LinkedIn and internet presence.
  • Are actively disengaged and the sooner you move the better.
  • Have already decided there is no future for you with your present employer.
  • Are in a company that is under stress or you foresee a risk to your position.
  • Need a quick "Plan B".


I am Employed and Actively Looking

my Challenges are:


  • I need a new start, a bigger challenge or a better work environment.
  • If I only get one offer, how will I know I should take it?
  • How do I prevent a misstep?
  • I'm frustrated sending out resumes and hearing nothing back.
  • Is my resume selling me in or out?
  • How do I assess my skills and marketability relative to my 5 year plan?
  • Maybe I should take some time to explore unknown or new ideas?
  • How do I know that this next position is truly a good career move?
  • What integrity, culture or environment is right for me?
  • I updated my LinkedIn and I'm not being found.
  • How do I identify the best targets in industry and product?


  • Work is misery. I have to keep my attitude up.
  • I not challenged in my job...or my industry... or do not relate to the people I work for…
  • I don't make enough money to pay my bills – I see a problem ahead.
  • I applied to several jobs I was perfect for, but no one calls.
  • How do I build connections and relationships fast?
  • I want this move to “fast-track” my marketability.
  • I’m missing job satisfaction or career growth.
  • I have probably been with this company too long. I need to address this soon.
  • I want to change industries.

Timing and Timeframes

  • How do I save time in identifying “what I don't know?”
  • How do I maintain my patience when hiring cycles are extended?
  • Fewer openings, added consensus and more competition is the new order.
  • I want to move as soon as possible!
  • I don’t have enough time to research and apply to an ideal job.
  • My activity level is low and I can’t follow up during the day.
  • I can’t take the time off for too many interviews.
  • Since I have limited time, I only apply to the job boards and LinkedIn.
  • I hope I don't have to react and take the first job that comes along.
  • It's more important to secure the right opportunity than the time it takes to find it.
  • How do I position myself for opportunities in the unpublished job market?
  • How do I execute an exploratory meeting with some urgency?
  • They fail to target the right companies in the right industry.
  • It’s easier to spend time reviewing the ads versus searching for the “right” companies.


Common Career Mistakes - Right Way and Wrong Way

The biggest mistakes

people make here are:

In Clarity... They don't really know their best target opportunities?

  • They don't get the help they need up front for the quickest success.
  • They fail to target the right companies in the right industry.
  • They waste good leads and opportunities because they're really “not prepared”.
  • Their process is reactive versus proactive. They veer off course based on someone’s opinion.
  • They fall in love with the first company they interview and back off on activity.
  • They only look at the posted jobs and compete with the herd.
  • They don't get the help they need up front to define their goals clearly.
  • They failed to establish a strong enough brand for the best opportunities.
  • They are slow to address the important, if not urgent tasks that prepare one for an opportunity.
  • They fail to recognize the best opportunities for them.
  • They fail prioritize their goals relative to a five-year plan.

They hate to acknowledge that Job Search is a competitive “sales process”.

  • They fail to estimate the strategy, tactical and timing skills required.
  • They copy a resume from their friend, so they think they are ready.
  • They find out the hard way about the new complexities in the hiring process.
  • They do things as they always did them until they find out they don't work, 3 months later.
  • They get a couple of phone interviews but experience the disappointment of rejection.
  • They rush out to interviews without a strategy or proper preparation.
  • They will tend to settle and compromise because they're mentally desperate.
  • They tend to sabotage their candidacy with poor messaging.
  • They don't step back and practice their “selling” skills.
  • Before they write a resume, they may need to explore some options with informational interviews.
  • They failed to assess the realistic factors of the marketplace, including product lifecycle.
  • When an opportunity surfaces, they're not mentally prepared to move quickly.
  • They fail to develop an exceptional, selling resume that will open the doors to the “better opportunities”.

They proceed quickly and sometimes carelessly!

  • They postpone getting professional help until they try every idea they heard about.
  • By the time they recognize they need help, they're hesitant to restart the process.
  • They have a lead or two that they want to see if they “pan” out.
  • They tend to get a single offer and therefore settle for the same thing again.
  • They fail to invest in the upfront planning and targeting, but rather just send resumes out.
  • Unemployment often follows actively looking, which increases the urgency and the costs.
  • They squander some good leads by sending out below average resumes.
  • They fail to set realistic timeframes and master timing in the job search process.
  • They underestimate the lead time required to establish the right connections and relationships.
  • They get lazy and respond to ads versus exploring the hidden job market.
  • They waste time on the wrong activities and therefore extend their job search.
  • They are slow to address the important, if not urgent tasks that prepare one for an opportunity.
  • They fail to establish a disciplined approach to build contacts and relationships.

How CareerOyster can help:

Our coaches have experience in your field

They are specialists. They will take an objective view of your background, your goals, your activities and your liabilities to present a realistic view of your marketability and your options in today's marketplace. They understand today's market and can recommend the fastest way to make a successful change.

Get a detailed plan

Identifying targets and pursuing the right situations aggressively can optimize the result. Sometimes, 2 step plans are required to generate some cash flow while we look for a career move. Following a detailed audit and assessment of these areas, our coaches can begin to formulate a realistic step-by-step marketing strategy to quickly pursue the right job opportunities. Creativity and reality are merged to support your job search goals.

Job search is a sales process

Detailed tactics, techniques and approaches are specifically tailored to your style, your timing and your background to increase your confidence, generate job search activity quickly and lead to a successful new position. Our proven methodology is leading edge and it consists of personal One-on-one coaching, combined with an exceptional video library and the latest assessment and database resources.

The result is an individual, customized program that will give you both confidence and a fast start toward the better opportunities available to you.

How can CareerOyster help you specifically?

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