In this economy, it is no surprise that everyone is looking for a job or for a new position. If you are going to be successful in your employment search, you have to be creative! In this post, we will identify resourceful tools that exceed conventional job search methods like applying for every job in your field in the Sunday paper. Assuming that you have already posted your resume on every firm/company website and internet job board, including Monster and CareerBuilder, made your follow up with calls, and completed a networking frenzy, we will offer five unique options to find a job.
- Become an Industry Expert
Write an article for an industry publication or for a blog and distribute it to everyone. Use social media to publicize your knowledge! Everyone loves free information and this demonstrates your expertise. Give the booklet away electronically and advertise it to newsgroups where hiring managers will see it. Attach it as a part of your application materials with your cover letter and resume.
- Call Human Resources
Call the human resources department at the company where you want to work. An obvious start! When you do, ask them which outside recruiting agency or third-party firm they use. They will ask you why you want to know. Use this as an opportunity to describe why you’re a perfect fit. Further, you should explain that you understand that, although the company is not hiring right now, the agency the company works with may be working with other firms. As a result, you would be interested in working with their outside recruiter, and would like a recommendation. Likely, the HR manager will provide you with the requested information/recommendation and you are off to the races!
- Write A Prospecting Letter
Use the power of mail – either email or snail mail! Identify a few select companies and update your contact/network list. Write an email/letter to your contacts asking each if he or she knows anyone who works at any of the companies on your list. If one of your contacts acknowledges that he or she has a contact, send them your resume and ask them to forward it to the new contact or ask permission to send it yourself. Be shameless in your self-promotion!!
- Send Half of Your Resume
Step 1: Find a company where you want to work. Step 2: Write a great cover letter on why you are a perfect, pointing to the enclosed resume. If you don’t seal the envelope and don’t enclose a resume, there is a chance that the human resources department will think the resume fell out in the mail. If they do, they might call and engage in a conversation. Step 3: If they call, it is your opportunity to sell yourself to them! Again, be shameless in your self-promotion!!
- Become an Intern
It may seem like a last resort, but working as an intern can provide you with additional expertise and experience in your industry. Working with a premier company or firm can boost your resume prospects and can provide you with additional connections for your network. Once you’ve developed additional networks, use those connections and relationships to seek a full-time position with the company where you are serving as an intern or with a peer company.
These are just a few guerrilla tactics that can give you better results. Be sure to stay tuned for other creative tips.