In the last post I spoke of the difference in taking an Active approach to finding the job you want versus being passive, waiting and hoping. I referenced specific examples of how you can be active in your methods. Today, I will backup a majority of what the last post was about with facts and numbers and show you how important it is to truly be Active in your search. Welcome to advanced job finding methods 101…
In a recent book, I came across the best and worst methods to find a job and was fascinated by the results. The reality is the way we normally look for jobs is not the way employers normally look for us. This is where the sex comes in, wait for it….Much like men and women are on completely different wavelengths, in order for us to communicate and even be civil at times we have to see it from the opposite person’s point of view and thus the end result, sex. If not, no sex. Okay, so point is if we want to find that wonderful connection with an employer we have to see it from their eyes.
Ask yourself, “If I were an employer how would I want to fill any openings?”
Would you want to troll through the internet reading millions of resume’s?? No way.
Would you want to spend thousands of dollars on ads in the newspaper?? No.
Would you want to hire and pay a staffing firm who doesn’t really know what your business needs are to find future employees?? Definitely not.
What’s crazy is the last three scenarios are the most popular methods for people who are looking for jobs, they are also the least effective. Why are they most popular if they are the least successful? Two reasons, first they are the easiest most convenient ways of searching. It is natural for us to want something with as little resources expended as possible. We know what we want and we don’t want to work to get it, fair enough. Second, these are the methods we are taught that are supposed to work. So we naturally just follow the leader without research and thus all of these avenues are saturated with tens of millions of applicants pushing employers even further away from using them.
It really is a battle of two parties, you and the employer, both wanting each other but having to do as little as possible to get each other. Sounds like a pretty dysfunctional relationship. And that’s why the job market is plagued with fear, confusion, frustration, despair and more. What we have to realize is the employers have the power(job),so they get the luxury of being passive where you as the seeker have to be Active in your approach.
So how would you want it to happen if you were the owner or hiring manager of a company? Well its a pretty easy answer. I imagine one of my best employees walking into my office saying, “Hey boss, you know that opening you have? I have the perfect person for it.” Reality is I trust this employee, they get results and now I don’t have to advertise(spend unnecessary money) and waste time.
Ok, now that we have you thinking in the mind of the employer, ask yourself “What are other things I would want to see or methods to use regarding the hiring process?”
Here are the most preferred methods of hiring for companies:
1. Inside promotion – Someone they have already seen work, they know the person knows the job which equates to almost zero risk and zero cost of advertising. Your move: Internship or settle for a part-time position and work your butt off. I have a friend Brian who did this, he worked an internship for a couple of months, at the end they didn’t have any openings and he went home. As soon as something opened up, he was the first they called.
2. Proof – Bringing in someone who has or is actual tangible proof of exact experience relating to skills needed. For example, if the company is hiring for painters someone who has a portfolio of work is in a pretty good position. Your move: Consider the job you want and skills related and get an entry-level position that will prepare you for the field. If you already have experience lets say in sales bring your past customer list or awards and show the interviewer.
3. Personal Referral – An employee recommends a friend or colleague to the job as mentioned above. Your move: Ask your network of friends and family who in their company has the authority to hire and ask them to personally recommend you to the job or hand deliver your resume’.
Remember just because you haven’t found the job you want doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Keep looking and now you have some tools and directions to put you on the path you want. Active vs. Passive.
Oh yea don’t forget, Drugs can prevent you from getting the job you want…
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