5 Creative Ways To Find A Job

shutterstock_90893888So you have posted your resume all the top job boards like Monster, CareerBuilder, and HotJobs. You’ve taken the step the few job seeker do – you’ve followed up with calls and networked until you are blue in the face. Each Sunday you open your laptop again and apply for every job in your field. Still you have little to no results for all your efforts.. Perhaps it is time to try some unique ways to find a job.

Send Half of Your Resume

Find a company that looks like a great fit for you. It would even be a company that you’ve already applied to but never responded. Write a great cover letter about why you are such a good fit, pointing to the enclosed resume. Don’t seal the envelope and don’t enclose a resume! They’ll think the resume fell out in the mail. They might call to tell you and now you can engage them in a conversation.

Write A Prospecting Letter

Yes, sometimes even direct mail can have power. Research 5-10 companies for which you’d like to work. Send a letter through the mail to your contact network and ask them if they know anyone who works at any of the companies on your list. When a contact says they know someone on your list, send them your resume and ask them to forward it their contact or ask permission to send it yourself. Be sure to follow up with your contact with a handwritten thank you note.

E-Mail Chain Letter

Expand your list of target companies to a minimum of 20. Send an email to everyone you know to see if they can refer you to someone at one (or more) of your targeted companies. Finally, ask them to forward your email to 10 more people. CAUTION – you probably shouldn’t do this if you’re currently employed or you want to keep your search confidential!

HappyDistribute A Booklet

Write a short booklet with information relevant to your industry and give it away. Everyone loves free information and this demonstrates your expertise. Give the booklet away electronically and post about its availability to your LinkedIn Groups where hiring managers will see it.

Call Human Resources

Call the human resources department. Ask them what outside agency or third-party recruiting firm they use. They will ask you why you are asking. Tell them you know that their company is not currently looking for someone with your skill set but the agency may be dealing with other firms, so you are looking for a recommendation. They may very well ask you for an interview. Even if they don’t you still come away with a lead. They would love to save the agency fees. Also being recommended gives you special attention. Send them a handwritten thank you note.


Sometimes when your conventional approaches aren’t working you need to become unconventional. Pick one of these unique methods and use it this week. Please post your results in the comments below…

Job Search Preparation: Networking

shutterstock_89779624Networking is a key component to preparing for your job search. If you’ve ever heard it said that it’s not what you know but who, then you’ve heard a reference to networking. Although you may know about the importance of networking, you might not know where to begin, or how to go about it. Here are some networking tips for your job search preparation.

Begin with the Familiar

Sources say that it’s best to begin with those who you know, and who are fairly close to you. That takes a great deal of pressure off, and helps you begin your networking on familiar ground. Also, close acquaintances and friends can be honest with you about your approach.

Informational Interviews

Networking is intended to be a learning experience. Conducting informational interviews is one way to learn a great deal without pressuring the other person. When you do an informational interview, you are just speaking with someone who is successful in a field that you would like to enter. If you want a career in restaurant management, for instance, you can conduct informational interviews with restaurant managers to get their take on things. Make it clear that you are not searching for a job at that time; you are just gathering information.

In this kind of interchange, you will be asking the questions for the most part. As you meet with the professional in your chosen field, bring along a notebook and take notes on what the person tells you. And him or her questions about hours, work level, first steps he or she took to get started, and other pertinent questions.

Make Them Comfortable

It’s important to make the networking partner feel at ease and comfortable. Keep the talk at a casual, friendly chat level, as if you are just having lunch with a friend (which you are!).

Be Memorable

…in a good way. The point to successful networking is to have professionals remember your name and have your contact information handy if they hear of a position or job in the field, or if they want to take on an apprentice or a trainee. So make sure you leave them with your phone number, email, and website address (because you will have a website – see below).

An Online Presence

To network in today’s world, you need an online presence. It’s a good idea to join social networking sites and to set up a blog or website. This makes you accessible to anyone who might want to look into what you do a bit further. It’s an easy reference to tell people your site’s address, too.

Have You Experienced the New Interviews?

It’s important for you to keep up with the various job titles possibly being used by the companies you are targeting. The titles Recruiting Manager and Recruiter are now being referred to as Talent Acquisition Manager or the Talent Acquisition Team. There is also a new type of interview being conducted in addition to the behavioral based interviews. The new style of interview is a performance based interview. The person conducting the interview is trying to predict future performance based on your past performance. There are also attempting to identify accomplishments and the impact of your accomplishments on past employers.

In every conversation you need to stress your accomplishments and show how you were better, faster, more thorough, saved more money and anything else that made you stand out from other people who had your job.

People are not going to take time to figure out why they should hire you. Your cover letter, resume, interview, track record and follow up process should show hiring authorities why you are the best person for their opportunity.

Did You Know that when you are looking for a job, you are involved in a sales process? You are selling your skills and ability to your next possible employer. Networking is one of the most effective ways to find your next job.

Resume Do’s and Don’ts

December 19th @ 10:30 am EST (7:30 am PST, 8:30 am MST, 9:30 am CST)

In this webinar, the most important “new rules” for resumes and cover letters will be discussed and information regarding how to get the most out of your job search, both online and offline, will be presented.  Job seekers will be able to learn how to not only recognize if their resume is making them stand out, but if the document is causing them to be passed over.  Participants will also be given tips for incorporating best practices into networking functions and getting noticed by recruiters.



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