Job Shoppers

Job Shoppers ALWAYS Get The Best Opportunities

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Ever heard of a job shopper? They are a rare but successful breed of employment seeker who always knows how to get the best jobs and climb the ladder on their own terms. These people make finding a new job look easy.

Well, you can, too. Job shoppers are no different than savvy car or clothes shoppers. Follow the rules of smart shopping and you can be on your way to a better opportunity, regardless of job market conditions.

Know What A Great Opportunity Looks Like

Smart shoppers do their homework. They research their options, study the trends, and make sure they know what a “good deal” looks like. Job shoppers are no different. Start by finding out the salary and benefit options for someone with your skills and years of experience. This is especially important if you’ve been with the same company for a long time. Tenured employees are often surprised to learn they are either at the low or high end of the range.

Once you know what the market is paying for your services, you can evaluate job opportunities quicker and with greater accuracy. Moreover, when you come across a particularly attractive job, you’ll know it. Thus, while others are pondering if they should even apply, you’ll have your application complete and your resume at the top of the pile.

Set A Walk-Away Rate

Every buyer determines the most they’ll spend for an item, a.k.a. their walk-away rate. With job shopping, it’s the opposite. You need to determine the lowest salary and benefits package you can accept. Furthermore, smart shoppers try to have a decent price range to work with. Good job shoppers also tend to have more flexibility in what they can accept. They look at all the factors of the job (perks, location, opportunity for growth, etc.) so that they can consider a broader range of offers.

Connect With Dealers

Smart shoppers make friends with those who can help them snap up a deal before the general public even knows it exists. Job shoppers do the same by building relationships with people who are well-connected in their industry. Networking enables you to share who you are and what you can do for your next employer so that those you speak to can keep you in mind next time they hear about an interesting opportunity.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask If It’s For Sale

Smart shoppers don’t assume they can only buy what’s listed as ‘for sale.’ Instead, they find what they are looking for and make an offer. Job shoppers do the same. When they hear about a great job, even if it’s already filled, they reach out to the person doing the job and inquire as to how someone can apply to be considered for a similar position, should it become available. Often, they learn that the company has other positions that would suit their needs or are recommended to another organization who might be hiring for a similar job.

In summary, with commitment, determination, and a willingness to invest time and energy into becoming a savvy job shopper, you can also be rewarded with a better selection of career opportunities.

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J.T. O'Donnell

Job Search & Career Expert. Syndicated Speaker & Author. Wife. Mother. CEO of CAREEREALISM Media. Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

11 comments

  1. Christina Daniels

    Job Shopping??? I never thought of a job as something I was shopping for. But it makes my frame of mind and goals that I want to be able to reach seem more attainable, than when I think about going out hunting for a job or looking for a job, Or even seeking a job. Thank for putting the idea in my head that a am a commodity that is highly needed, wanted, and desired. I feel like I am more worthy of the salary I am going to request for my desired wage at a desired job. Thank you for the positive thoughts

  2. Sirs, I’m a 71 y o retired truck driver (Kroger 24yrs) on a fixed income. There’s nothing I can really do now. I don’t want to be a Guard (unless “Roving Patrol”) my Ca. driver’s lic. is clean (no D.U.I.’s, no accidents and only one moving violation (speeding) Oct. 2011, so that’s pretty much it. Thanks W.A.B.

  3. I’VE BEEN JOB SHOPPER FOR 36 YEARS AS A SR. PROCESS PIPING DESIGNER – CHECKER IN ENGINEERING COMPANIES, MAJOR OIL COMPANIES,PETRO-CHEMICAL PETROLEUM OIL PRODUCTION OFFSHORE PLATFORM OILFIELD EQUIPMENT CO-GEN POWER PLANTS STEAM-WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS, FACILITY MINING TAR SAND OIL-BITUMEN CRUDE OIL SHALE, BREWERY / CORN WET-MILLING FOOD PROCESSING ETHANOL, PHARMACEUTICAL, MICROELECTRONICS / SEMICONDUCTORS. STARTED OUT $2.00/HR IN 1972 TO $90.00/HR 2013. WORKED IN 38 STATES & CANADA TWICE 2007-2009 & 2012-2013.COMPANIES STEARNS-ROGER, DRAVO, VITRO ENG. HANFORD NUCLEAR WASTE, COORS BREWERY, JOHNS-MANVILLE, KERR-MCGREE, SWINGERTON-WALLBERG, BROWN & ROOT ENG. HOECHST FIBER, ALLIED CHEMICAL, STAUFFER CHEMICAL, DAVY-MCKEE, MONSANTO, OCCIDENTAL OIL SHALE, UNION OIL, BECHTEL, ENGINEERING SERVICES, LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LAB, KAISER STEEL, COMSTOCK ENG. BANARD-BURK ENG. MERK & CO. BADGER ENG. RUST ENG. PRITCHARD ENG. JACOBS ENG. GRAIN PROCESSING CO. MIDDOUGH ASSOCIATES, BLACK & VEATCH ENG. KINETICS SYSTEMS, ARB INC. CONTROL AIR CORP. UNIVERSITY MARELICH MECHANICAL, SUN ENG. BRINDERSON ENG. & CONSTRUCTORS, VECO USA, CLOT/ WORLEYPARSONS, GULF & NORTHERN CONSULTANTS, BANTREL

  4. “Start by finding out the salary and benefit options for someone with your skills and years of experience.” Oh really? So what’s your suggestion for figuring out what the salary is if you see the range of $52,000-97,000 for my level of experience? Such a range is absolutely useless. People are too secretive about what they make which ultimately hurts them because the salary guide’s ranges are too “wide” to be useful. Even among friends it seems to be a tabu. Truthfully, it’s all bull…

  5. Successful careers are like successful weight loss. You can’t just want to be thinner; you have to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
    Every day I’m alert to new possibilities and future considerations for employment. I work in printing, an industry on the decline, but I’m constantly angling toward related work by branching out now and forging positive connections with those who may be able to assist a move in the future. I have never (yet) been unemployed, going from one position to the next in a planned and intentional manner. I keep myself on two email lists of job openings, one internal and one external. This ensures I am alert to trends and, if ever that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arises, I won’t miss it. This is my “healthy lifestyle” for career success.

  6. YES … I DO LIKE THE IDEA OF JOB SHOPPING > AND WHAT I WISH TO DO IS ‘DOVETAIL’ THIS EXCLUSIVE IDEA AND TO ADVISE ALL JOB SEEKERS ‘TO SHOP ACROSS’ THE CROSS SECTION OF THE INDUSTRY OR ACROSS ALL COMPETITORS IN THE INDUSTRY > THUS HE CAN VERY WELL THEN GO ON SHOPPING WITH THE COMPETITION > JUST AS WE SWITCH SUPERMARKETS WHILE SHOPPING >
    IN THE BARGAIN THEREFORE > WE GET THE BEST IN THE MARKET & TO OUR COMPLETE SATISFACTION > THEREFORE > SHOPPING ACROSS COMPETITION IS TO SAY THAT THE JOB SHOPPER HAS VERY GOOD ‘ALTERNATIVES’ (EMPLOYERS) WHO WOULD LIKE TO HIRE ‘THIS’ CANDIDATE “FOR AN EQUALLY COMPETITIVE PRICE” / SALARY PAY PACKET !!! SO, APPLICANTS NOW HAVE A VERY GOOD CHANCE IN LANDING UP IN JOBS THEY WILL NEVER REGRET DOING >>> AT THE BEST COMMENSURATE PAY OR SALARY PACKAGE > AND WHY FORGET OR FOREGO ‘DUE NEGOTIATIONS’ FOR THE BEST PAY PACKET > NOW THAT THEY HAVE TO SETTLE FOR THEIR BEST BARGAINS OR JOB DEALS “WITH” COMPETITION !!!

    THE CHOICE IS ENTIRELY THEIRS AND THE BALL IS IN THE COURTS OF THEIR PROSPECTIVE ‘NEW’ EMPLOYERS NOW !!! GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY JOB SHOPPING !!!

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