Go Job Shopping, Not Job Searching

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Go Job Shopping, Not Job Searching

Finding a new job can fill anyone with dread and stress. It’s understandable why. Hours are often spent editing resumes, writing cover letters, and inputting profile information on portals where it’s unclear if anyone is going to read and see them. It’s why reframing “job searching” to “job shopping” can be a more proactive way of approaching looking for new opportunities. It may also reduce the amount of stress we feel.


go job shopping not job searchingOur CEO and Founder, Jessica Chen, recently hosted a Soulcast Media | LIVE event on LinkedIn where she interviewed the CEO of Career Coach, Madeline Mann.

They shared tips and personal stories about what is means to go job shopping, not job searching.

Job Shopping – Being a job shopper is reframing the job search approach to thinking we’re job shopping. It’s effective because right now, many people go into job interviews thinking the company has the upper hand, since they have the hiring power. However, to become a job shopper, we are seeing ourselves as a valuable asset where we know and trust we have a lot to offer as well. Another way of reframing our perspective to go job shopping is brainstorming others ways of finding opportunities to get our foot in the door. As Madeline said, too many job seekers try to fit through the “front door”, when there are so many other ways to get inside the building. For example, during the Soulcast Media | LIVE, Jessica shared that LinkedIn is a great way to connect with people who already work at the company. Even if there isn’t a job listed, you can reach out to people and share about what you do and why you want to work for their company.

Make Yourself Irresistible to Employers – Being irresistible means getting into the minds of the employers. What are they looking for? What skills do they value? It’s no surprise, being able to showcase our critical thinking skills and showing likability can increase our chances of being hired. This means studying the position, the company, and sharing information the company really wants to hear. During the Soulcast Media | LIVE, Madeline shared a story about an executive assistant who wanted to get into a marketing role. Instead of writing her resume talking about the executive assistant experience she had, she focused her resume on highlighting skills related to marketing itself, leaving only a small fraction of her resume talking about her EA experience.  As Madeline said, once you know your vision, you can make your resume more of a sales page rather than a Wikipedia page.

go job shopping not job searching

When it comes to job shopping, it’s thinking about our job search in a more proactive way. It’s seeing ourselves as equal to the companies we apply to because we know we have so much to offer. 


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