Four job hunting tips from executive transition coach Gordon Curtis

Four job hunting tips from executive transition coach Gordon Curtis
Four job hunting tips from executive transition coach Gordon Curtis

With thousands of Americans vying for every job opening, it's hard to get noticed, let alone land an interview. Gordon Curtis -- an executive transition coach and author of Well Connected: An Unconventional Approach to Building Genuine, Effective Business Relationships -- says that if you approach the right person the right way, you'll increase your odds of getting in the door. Here are his four tips:

Fine-tune your search
Sending out resumes to job listings and building up your network at websites like LinkedIn and Plaxo can be helpful. However, increase your chances of success even more by being more focused with your search. Break down your main objective into micro objectives. This in turn can help you form a plan of attack.

For example, you want to work for a start-up. Well, what does that mean? Dig a little deeper and maybe you'll realize your ambition is to work for one that is in between seed and B-round funding. You may also only be interested in a specific sector and geographical location like the East Coast.