Many of us feel stuck in the under/unemployed loop of doom. After 10 months, I learned that my network of friends and support has the greatest value. An peer from a recent seasonal job called me at 6: 30 last night. I could sense urgency in his voice. He invited me to a networking event happening that night. Going until 9 PM, and only minutes from my home, I dashed with resumes, business cards and a suit with no tie (my new thing). Needless to say, stars aligned. This morning, I receive a GREAT offer coupled with two follow-up calls. Oddly, another offer came in that morning and six more recruiters made contact today! Bottom line, pay it forward by asking, "How many roles are you looking to fill? I have a few peers with similar skills that would love to chat with you." If you get a business card, you know you are in the loop!
Don't be afraid to put yourself out there because at some point you will get a better chance of getting the job you want. Always try to meet new people and Expand your horizons because you can conquer anything in life as long as your mind is set to be successful and along with having patience because somethings come when you least expect it within time.
I'm old enough to remember job searches that involved a newspaper, a red marker and a corded telephone with a dial. The digital information age has (as is true across many things) increased the tools we use but not necessarily elevated the quality of the pursuit or the percentage of success. Today's job seekers have to navigate a myriad of detours akin to playing a level 17 zombie video game. The walking dead characters crash into your workspace on the screen. These Zombies are played by; con jobs guised as employment offers (franchise offers, insurance agency mill grinders), digital glitches during the on-line application process and the barrage of "job seeker services" whose impact is questionable while they reach for your waning hope and visa card looking to take your last few bucks preying on your self-doubt. Then there is the worst beast in the entire Matrix...the final monster to slay and the biggest Demon is the one you invent during the Great Silent Void. The dead zone where your hours of effort fall into the HR Bermuda Triangle and can cast some onto the rocks of self-doubt and the bogs of mired anguish. There's no push A, while holding down the delete key that clears that minefield. Slaying that beast requires engagement with real people, not fighting the 1's and 0's. Truth be told, the best way to find your next gig, is via your circle of friends, trusted colleagues and the networking off the contacts they provide you. That was true in 1976 and it's true in 2016. Turn every human interface into a chance to talk about jobs...where are they and who knows who to help you get past level 1. For every hour you spend on your laptop/mac book/tablet searching, applying, refining your resume and polishing those customizable cover letters, you'd be better off spending 20 minutes calling 4 friends and networking. Imagine how many people you could reach in a week? The second piece of advice I learned the hard way, is treat each job pursuit as an Olympic challenge. The gate keepers, the digital voids, the time bandits and the unfair obstacles are always there (always have been). However, just like you learned when you got the last job, the reason it took them three days to call you back was Mary was out sick, or the boss had to sign off and wasn't available, or 10 other things that had nothing to do with YOU but the challenges at that business. You have to steel yourself not to accept the first NO nor assume the big bad VOID is a rejection. These things are the boogie man in your head playing on your inner voice. Usually, about as real as the gnome in the closet. For active "doers" this wait can be a torturous, de-humanizing endeavor and chill every ounce of steam in your Self-Esteem tank. Here is the reality, 97% of the time the void is just the one YOU created by not calling/following up/showing up at their office with the flexibility to wait for a window. They (the gate keepers) don't know you...your job is to convince, coerce, and conceive of a plan to make it worth their time to get to know you. There's 100 other things people can and should add to their search disciplines and many things to prep for before and after meeting #1, but to my mind, getting past the first non-answer is 75% of the game. Close the laptop (that is only your research tool). The internet search helps you see SOME of what MIGHT be available. The real job is out there but requires a more human interface effort. Or as Joshua said in the Movie War Games...."Interesting Game Professor, It Seems the Only Winning Move is Not to Play". Stop Playing, Start Working (pun intended).
I work at a REALLY awesome company. We hire a lot, so I try to tell my friends about new jobs whenever I can. Problem is I have a few friends who are super irresponsible - I'm talking they're always late, dress sloppy, can be rude. How do I tell them I don't want to recommend them for a job at my company? It's my name on the line, so if they mess up, my reputation is at stake.
I am looking for a job in Human Resources preferably in Benefits. I have a Masters Degree in Management focusing on HR and have a few years, part-time, project based HR experience. I would like to network with any HR professionals, Recruiters, or Hiring Manager based in the Seattle area on here. I recognize there might not be any openings in HR right now with the companies these individuals represent. However by connecting with other HR professionals, my goal is to be considered should such an opportunity come up.
Thank you Sincerely Jason Shaw
Should I even bother applying for a job online if I don’t know anybody who works for the company? It seems like that’s the only way to get hired nowadays. I filter through literally hundreds of online job openings everyday and send in my application information along with a cover letter and resume but all that doesn't appear to be enough information to merit a courtesy follow-up call or message from all these companies posting job openings or claim to be hiring. Sorry, Im usually not this negative but my job search failures are wearing down my Spirit. Landing a job must be all about who you know now, right?
Interesting read for anyone looking to add new trick to their job hunt.