Leads Galore!

At least it sure feels that way this week! I occasionally post association job leads to my Twitter account and on Monday, decided to do it every day. The result? I couldn’t keep up! Between job boards on ASAE and the Association Forum of Chicagoland, association e-lists, and other Twitter accounts (I was also planning to retweet), it just became too time consuming. 

It’s a good problem to have! During the worst of the recession, open jobs were very far and few between. Though there now seem to be many advertised positions at associations (52 this week on ASAE’s board alone!) online postings are just one way to find leads. If you do a little research, you may be able to uncover more. 

When one association has a posted job, look deeper into what that may mean. Even if that specific role isn’t a fit for you, it can guide you to something that is. Clearly, that organization has the funds to hire at least one position, so check out their site to see what else they’re looking for. After that, go to their competitors sites. Often, when someone leaves a job there’s a shift in the industry as employees move between organizations.  

After you’ve determined which associations you’d like to get into, don’t be discouraged if nothing is listed on their site. Send your resume and cover letter anyway. There’s always a chance a position hasn’t been posted yet and if you get in early, you’re only competing with yourself! 

To manage all of your leads check out StartWire.com. It seems to have the best of both Facebook and LinkedIn, but with the focus 100% on your job search. 

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About Charlotte Weeks - Executive Career Coach / Executive Resume Writer / Outplacement Consultant

Prior to founding Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte Weeks worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals (director, VP, SVP, etc.) with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is author of "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society" and featured author of "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career." Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month. For more information about Charlotte, please visit her Web site at www.WeeksCareerServices.com.
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