By far, one of the questions I get asked most often as a Recruiter is “Where do I look for a job, and how do I go about it?” People want to know how I get the job openings I do, and how I get them. It’s not a mystery and it’s not that hard either. But it does require some skill, and it especially requires some tenacity on your part. It’s all about getting your stuff off of the resume pile, and getting yourself noticed by the proper person. Or at the very least, not getting screened out, automatically or otherwise.
Example: One of the great frustrations in my business has always been working with the Blue Collar worker. I don’t mean that in a condescending way, it’s just that for the most part agencies don’t work with them, because client companies won’t pay a fee for them. During one of my classes, I was advising a warehouse worker with 8 years experience, including various warehouse machines and equipment. He was let go due to cutbacks in his department. He was in his middle 30’s, excellent references from past employer, good looking resume etc. His job search consisted of looking in the classifieds, registering at the Labor department, even going to a couple of employment agencies. After 4 months, things were no different for him other than an increasing level of frustration on his part. He had everything going for him; he just needed a change in tactic. Long story short, he had been sending his resume all over town;” attn HR dept”. In 90 percent of the cases he never heard back, and those he did were the automated ones; “..we will keep your information on file…”. Here is what I advised:
- NEVER mail a resume when there is no call for one. When they do ask you to mail one, instead DELIVER your resume. You’ll get a chance to see what the company looks like, how long is the drive etc, and if it would be a good fit for you.
*Introduce yourself to the receptionist, and ask for (in this case) the Warehouse Manager, (“and oh by the way, what is his name again?”) Always go directly to the source and stay out of HR if possible. Always remember, in most cases HR never hires anyone; they can recommend, or they can make the offer to you if the Department head tells them to. So logically, if HR can’t help you get the job, don’t deal with them until you have to. If you tell the receptionist that you are there about a job, she may try to steer you over to there. Be creative (I just have some paperwork for him he needs to see” not a lie,it’s your resume!)
- If you are feeling especially motivated. Go to the back door (in this scenario) and ask for the Warehouse manager by name. Guaranteed you will get much better results than going in the front door.
Using these methods, this guy got a new job a week later, and after 4 months on the job was promoted to Assistant manager of the department, with a subsequent raise in pay.
It’s not as hard as you might think. There are many ways to get an interview, many ways to proceed. This is only one example.
Be creative in your future position. This is your future life that you are creating; make it something you will enjoy. If you don’t feel “aggressive” enough to try the above that’s ok. There is always a method that most people have not tried or are unwilling to do so. Studies have proven that you beat 90% of your competition (other job seekers) 90% of the time simply by working harder! Be brutally honest with yourself. Consider this scenario; If you hired yourself to find yourself a job, are you doing all you can do? Are you satisfied with the results? Be brutally honest. Think about it. Then do it!
Sitting Down with the Interviewer
Once you have done all of that hard work finding that perfect position, you need to pay close attention to the next step in the process…the Interview. It all boils down to this moment. It doesn’t need to be scary or cause for great anxiety. Once you know how to properly interview, you can even enjoy it! It’s not as scary as you might think. And unfortunately, it’s not that easy either. Look for my next article and I will show you how to increase your effectiveness..