While Job Action Day is officially Nov. 1, I thought the topic was terrific and needed a few more posts.
I recently spoke with a job seeker who told me, “Why can’t I just go to work? Why do I have to go through all this job search process. It’s really annoying.” She had been downsized and looking for the past year. Zero interviews thus far.
She was going to send me her resume for a free review, but I’ve yet to see one. Typically, if there are no interviews, it’s likely a resume issue. It can also be a search strategy issue.
The job search process itself can be pretty discouraging. So, how about making a change? Instead of spraying your resume all over the internet and praying someone calls you, create your own opportunity! Yes, you can still do so, even in today’s economy. That’s what Job Action Day is all about.
The Story of George
George is a professional with a solid background in information technology and talent management. He came to one of my Rock Your Network events, where I had some presenters from a local company sharing their expertise in how to use job boards effectively, including networking your way to the right decision maker.
This gave George some solid ideas about how he could make a positive contribution to this organization. He took the initiative to talk with the presenters after the event. He got names, specifically, the name of the owner of this organization.
George then set up a meeting. He prepared in advance, outlining what he could bring to the table. The meeting went well. Then came the wait. It was a long one.
He asked me about this, “What should I do?” Of course, I asked if he’d had a chance to follow up.
So, he followed up a few times, professionally, adding value each time.
A few months later, George was hired – in a brand new – created-just-for-George – position at this company. It was a management role AND paid well.
A few years later, George created another opportunity for himself with a new company. He networked his way in, and as before, conveyed his value, and was hired.
Was it instant gratification? NO. Was it proactive? YES. Did it take some courage? YES.
Can you do this? YES.
Go on, take a chance! And please do share your experience!
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