Let’s assume it has been a few months since your departure from your last job. You have been immersed in the pursuit of looking for a new job while attempting to enjoy your summer days before it is all over. Have you been using your time efficiently? And have you committed to your job search?
Do you have a plan for looking for a new job and/or new career?
If the answer is ‘no’, you need to get organized and set up a system for finding new work. Most people are not very good at managing their own time. It takes a whole lot of discipline to adhere to a system for finding a job. Many of us are accustomed to other’s defining our goals; now that you are on your own, it’s a whole new ball game.
Much of your hesitation is because you are overwhelmed by the process and don’t know where to start. It is really difficult to look for a new job once you have reached a dead end. Sure, you have contacts, but you probably don’t know how to efficiently tap into their resources. So rather than get creative in your job search, you just go online and respond to job openings that often do not amount to anything.
Getting a job from an on-line posting is akin to getting struck by lightening on a golf course; possible, but not probable. Many of the on-line jobs are already gone by the time you have sent your résumé. Companies often already have someone in mind for the job, but are required to post for a position.
The best way to get a job is to target 10-15 companies that may be able to use your services and to contact the hiring managers at these firms and try to get a meeting. People are busy, but if you do it right, they will meet you for fifteen minutes. Make it easy for them by offering to meet before their day starts at their office. Skip the HR department, they don’t know about an open position, until they are told by the hiring manager.
Even if there is not an open position right now, there will be, and you may be in line for an interview. Just keep on meeting people in the organization you want to work for. You need to be the person they think of when a position opens. It takes time, but is highly effective and a better use of your time than responding to random on-line positions.
Even if the hiring managers direct you back to the hiring site, they would have already acknowledged who you are. This work environment is all about face to face meetings and getting these meetings is key to your career. Just keep at it. Make sure to spend at least 5 hours a day on your job search. Keep an ongoing spread sheet of your activity and call the hiring manager instead of e-mailing them. Your message will get lost in their e-mail box or kicked into their spam folder.
Lastly, make sure to follow up with everyone who helps you in your job search along the way.