The Hiring Process The Local Job Market Success on the Job
In the last month, I have sent out over 200 rÃ©sumÃ©s. I have applied to every company in every field I can think of that might have room for someone like me. Very few companies have responded at all, and the ones that have donâ€™t have a job for me. Where am I going wrong?
Youâ€™re working way too hard. And youâ€™re also missing a very important element of your job search.
Before you click "send" to distribute one more rÃ©sumÃ©, stop and think about the kind of place you thrive in. Do you like to work for large companies? Small companies? Start-ups? Do you like a boss who micromanages you? Or do you prefer one who says, â€œMake it so,â€ and checks back with you in a couple of months? What has worked out well for you in the past? What do you want to avoid in the future? Write it down.
Now, find out what companies have those characteristics that help you to be your best you. You donâ€™t need 200 of them; you only need a few, and in the end one will do it. The way to do this includes reading the companyâ€™s website. It also includes activating your network. Who do you know who works in that company? Who has a relative there? A friend? A contact of any sort?
When you find that person on the inside, invite him or her for coffee. Find out everything you can about the company and the industry. What problems do they have that you could solve? What events are coming up in the next six months? What does the person love and hate about his/her job? How can you spin your rÃ©sumÃ© to win the bossâ€™s approval?
The best thing of all is to have someone in the company who could recommend you for the job you want. If you can start your cover letter with â€œOur mutual acquaintance (name) recommend I apply for your job opening â€¦â€ then you are approximately 14 times more likely to be hired than someone without a personal recommendation.
One job seeker did her homework. As she read numerous levels of her target companyâ€™s website, she learned that their security guard was a cat. At the interview, one of the first questions was, â€œWhatâ€™s the name of our security guard?â€Â The job seeker was able to say, â€œOh, you mean Fluffy?â€Â She got the job because she had researched the company.
You want to target one company, or just a few, that youâ€™d like to work for. Then you can focus on learning all you can about them, making sure they are places youâ€™ll be comfortable. Youâ€™ll be able to demonstrate what a benefit youâ€™ll be to them, the many things you have in common with them, and the solutions youâ€™ll bring to fix their problems.
Go for quality, not quantity. And do your research!