Job hunting is stressful and onerous. The problem with being out of work is that you have to work a full week job hunting. So you need to try several strategies and see what works for you.
Some people will be able to find a new position using their contacts and accessing the Hidden Job Market. Others will have to go the more traditional route of writing a CV and cover letter, posting it to jobsites, answering advertisements
It is a good idea to talk to successful job hunters amongst your family and contacts, and ask them how they found their job.
Keep an open mind about the type of work you could do .Many skills are transferable, so look at different kinds of opportunities. In today’s rapidly evolving world you may need to consider something new and different from your previous job.
Remember that Hidden Job Market, sound out all your contacts.You don’t have to be pushy, just let them know you are on the market. Prepare a synopsis of your career that just introduces you, but is not such an obvious sell as a CV. Thank your contacts for any assistance they offer.
Small and medium companies are much more likely than big companies to create a vacancy if they see you can make them money. Sometimes you can create your own job by demonstrating to a business owner that you can earn your keep with them. Call it your “added value” proposition. Don’t just think about advertised jobs.
Target companies or sectors or geographical areas where you want to work. Research the companies, look for where you could make a contribution, then prepare a statement showing how you can add value for them. Contact decision makers, describe your greatest personal strengths, include a brief description of your work background, and ask if there is an opening for someone with your skills and background. Even if they don’t they may know another company looking for someone with your skills.
It is also useful to visit, and even join, formal Business Networking groups. Members will be used to the concept of helping people and have a range of contacts. Be positive; mention your “added value” proposition. Ask if you can email them a CV, or your synopsis, to be forwarded to anyone they think may be interested.
Remember to always be polite to everyone you meet in your job Search, including secretaries and assistants. Write thank you cards or emails, to consolidate the good impression you have already made. It might jog someone’s memory on a day they see an opportunity that would suit you.
Job Searching. Quick Facts:
- Rewrite your CV , and a cover letter , and a synopsis
- Post your CV to job boards
- Develop your “added value” proposition
- Let all your contacts know you are available for work, Send them a synopsis
- Attend networking groups
- Target companies you could approach with your “added value” proposition
- Be courteous, send thank you note or emails