What A Job Search On Steroids Looks Like
Fun? More likely it's something like "long, "hard," or "painful."
Maybe you can avoid that long, hard slog with one or more of these quickie
approaches to landing a job:
Develop a 10-second pitch. For example, "I've been an accounts payable clerk and always got good evaluations but they reorganized so I'm looking for work. Know anyone I should talk with?"
Next, scan the directory of your alumni or professional association, your personal phone or email directory, your LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter connections, or even the Yellow Pages. Deliver your 10-second pitch to any name that sounds even remotely on-target. Remember, everyone knows other people. For example, your haircutter talks with a number of "heads" every day.
Sure, the odds of any one contact leading to a job is tiny but with this approach, you can query at least 50 in a day, 250 in a week. Would you bet against a person quickly landing a job this way?
Explain that your mission is to work at Harley and you won't give up until you do.
Make an offer they can't refuse. Offer to volunteer to assist the boss for one week, even if it means filing or making photocopies. "Once you see how helpful I am, I'm hoping you'll want to try to help me land a job here."
Answer 50 ads in one day. Find on-target openings using careerbuilder.com, simplyhired.com, indeed.com, craiglist.com, linkup.com, the website of your professional organization, and local publications. (Make sure that you actually match at least 80 percent of what the ad calls for.) Write this super-concise response to each want ad: "I am excited about your job listing because I believe I'm a solid fit for the job. For example, (insert one sentence that would most impress that employer.) Hoping to hear from you. Sincerely"
The point here is to lead with your best ammunition, making the employer curious to know more.
Get sandwiched. This technique isn't for the faint-of-heart: Wear a sandwich board on a street with lots of employers. You'll increase your chances if your resume is blown-up on the board so passers-by can see that you're not just sizzle, but steak.
No matter which of these approaches you use, your tone must be upbeat. Smile, even if you're on the phone or writing. It comes through. Can I guarantee any of these tactics will work better than the more thorough approach? No, but you have little to lose by trying.
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The San Francisco Bay Guardian called Dr. Nemko "The Bay Area's Best Career Coach" and he was Contributing Editor for Careers at U.S. News where he now also blogs. His sixth and seventh books were published in 2012: How to Do Life: What They Didn't Teach You in School and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Proposals for a Better America . More than 1,000 of his published writings are free on www.martynemko.com. He posts here weekly.
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