Do you wonder why some of your friends with equal skills get a job they like quicker than you? Some people are just better at looking for a job than others. It's not that they are more talented than you are or have better skills, they are just better at focusing on getting what they need; a job.
Determined and tireless these proficient job seekers do land a job faster and more targeted in their field of choice. So what makes them more successful at finding a great job? Are they luckier than you are? Better networked? Or, are they really smarter than you?
It's probably none of the above. But, they do excel at using the resources that they have and do have a system for sourcing jobs. It's this methodology that separates them from being gainfully employed from jobless, trying to cover their rent. Check out some tips that I have sourced from job seekers that really know how to get a job even in this sluggish job market.
Advice from successful job seekers:
- Have a concise idea of what you want to do. Spend quality time doing some soul searching as to what your desired and natural path should be in your career and the steps needed to get there. Evaluate your skills, interests, and desired lifestyle before you even apply for a job.
- Apply for jobs that you have the skills and experience needed for the position. You may not have direct experience for a position you apply for, but at least have done some of the items listed in a job description.
- Target companies and do your research for the department heads and potential hiring managers names. Look for contact information on LinkedIn and Facebook where you will find both personal and professional e-mail addresses and phone numbers. It's all out there, you just need to spend time looking for the information.
- Skip the HR department and contact the hiring managers directly via e-mail with a brief note stating that you are in the area and would like to meet for fifteen minutes to introduce yourself. Give them an overview of who you are in three sentences and attach your resume.
- Once your information is forwarded to the hiring managers, contact them after three days if no response and gently remind them that you would appreciate if you could just meet them, whether they have a job opening or not. Some will respond, others won't; just go to your next contact and don't take it personally.
- Once you have a meeting set up with a hiring manager practice a concise overview of your skills and what you can offer a company. Either the person you are meeting is looking for workers, will pass you on to another department or refer you into one of their colleagues. This happens most of the time.
- Never ask for a job in these exploratory "interviews". The object is to network and meet new people in your industry that can help you find a job. Look at these people as mentors, not hiring managers.
It is always better to look for a job when you are gainfully employed. Companies like to hire workers that are employed, even though they may have laid-off hundreds of workers the year before. Being employed is powerful and does give you an advantage over workers that are unemployed. Not fair, but true.
Yet, if you take these steps and build your own mentoring network, whether you are currently employed or not, you will get a job that matches your interests, skills and experience faster than you can imagine. Just keep it up and it will happen!