Simple Yet Difficult

Anyone can type up and mail out a resume and cover letter. To get hired you want to be doing what everyone is not doing. This will make you stand out from the crowd and help you land the job of your dreams.

Job Interview

Do What Everyone is Not Doing

1) Cold Calling. Target the companies for which you would really like to work. Don’t wait for a job posting. Do some research and find out who the manager is. You probably will need to call to do this. Ask to speak to that manager. Explain that you love this company and that you would like to set up an informational interview to learn more about job opportunities. Do be confident. Do be pleasant and also persistant. If they say no at first, ask if even a 15 minute interview would be possible. The bottom line is do whatever it takes to get a meeting with someone. Be very polite.  You could even offer to intern. Even if they don’t have a job opening today, if you have the opportunity to wow them in person, when an opening becomes available, hopefully they will think of you! Be strong! Be bold! Have fun! You have nothing to lose!

2) Hand Written Thank You Notes. After a formal interview it is a no brainer to send a thank you note. Make sure it is hand written on nice clean stationary or a notecard. If you handwriting is bad, type it and hand sign it. Also important is sending a thank you to people you meet informally. When you meet someone with whom you discuss your job hunt you should also send a hand written thank you note. If they gave you advice, offered a referral, or even just listened, get their business card and when you get home, write up that thank you note! Remember to include a call to action, a gentle reminder of the help they offered, or after an interview, a reiteration of the agreed upon next steps.

3) Networking. Really networking. Hanging out with your friends at a bar doesn’t count, unless there are new people in the group that you could meet to help with your job search. Real networking means going to places where you can meet people with influence. First identify who the people that could help you with your job search, such as other professionals who already have the job you want. Where would you find them? Here are some ideas: trade groups or associations affiliated with your targeted industry, identify the hobbies of people in your industry, chamber of commerce networking events, church events, charity events, seminars put on by your target company, etc. When you go to one of these events, make sure that you use Effective Networking which means having a goal, a plan, executing the plan, reviewing results, and taking action on leads.

If you can truly apply yourself and master these three tips, you will be well on your way to gainful employment in the job of your choice.

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  1. 1
    May 17th, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    3 excellent tips that people don’t ever use! Hopefully they’ll start because it’s really good advice.

  2. 2
    Psychic advice
    May 18th, 2007 at 2:55 am

    This will come in handy for anyone looking for work. Some very good strategies here.

  3. 3
    May 18th, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Hey Court- Thanks for swinging by and thanks for the comment!

    Hi Psychic- Thank you also for visiting and commenting!

    What was the boldest thing you ever did to get a job?

  4. 5
    May 20th, 2007 at 4:23 pm

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  5. 6
    Pipe Smoking
    May 23rd, 2007 at 10:55 am

    I got my first job by submitting a resume then calling the head office and asking for HR. I finally made it to a HR recruiter who seemed to just blow me off. I guess he wrote my name down and went and searched my resume out of the database. He ended up setting up an interview 2 days later much to my surprise.

  6. 8
    Graduate Vacancies
    September 3rd, 2007 at 10:23 am

    These are good strategies, getting noticed is half the battle!

  7. 9
    September 4th, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks Graduate!

  8. 10
    Arizona Family Karate
    November 3rd, 2007 at 1:29 am

    Amazing tips and right on! Thanks for the refresher.

  9. 11
    Stickle Web
    October 1st, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Some great tips. Try our website if you’re looking for a job in the pulp and paper industry or an industrial job in general.

  10. 12
    March 5th, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Three excellent little tips, i’ve honestly never thought of sending a thank you note after an interview, let alone handwriting one, but i will be from now on, thank you and keep up the good blogging!

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    Vannesa Perkins
    September 6th, 2011 at 4:05 am

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