WARNING: This approach may result in exciting new career opportunities! Use with caution! Or if you really want more, bigger, better, apply it with gusto and just watch what happens! But be warned!
This is the most effective job-finding strategy we use with our career coaching clients and it’s not rocket-science, but beware, it just might change your career!
As the old adage goes -if you want different results, you’ve got to take different actions. If you want to create something a bit different to the norm, you’ve got to do things differently
If you’re changing jobs and want more interesting opportunities then what’s advertised or you’re completely changing directions, one of the finest nuggets I can ever give to career coaching clients is this: Find your next job as you would do your job. That is, if you’re at work and you’ve come across a new company or individual you know you should be working with, what would you do? You’d approach them, introduce yourself, find out more about what they do to see if there’s synergy between what you and they do.
You work out if there’s any possibilities of working together in a mutually beneficial way and you’re in business. If you’re waiting around for a job to be advertised or sending your CV in to HR and hoping for the best, your chance of success, is probably just that, a chance.
I often question why more people don’t approach finding jobs this way, really intelligent, focused, results-driven people and these are most of the reasons I tend to notice in those I coach:
- Fear of rejection (probably the biggest reason)
- It’s not the easy route
- It’s not the usual way to find a job
- It takes focus
- It takes energy
- It takes time
- It takes strategy
- It takes confidence
This list below is from a great career book called ‘What colour is my Parachute?” – the results quantify which job-finding strategies are most successful and they are indeed astounding!
- Using the Internet to look for job-postings or to post one’s own resume. (1%)
- Mailing out resumes to employers at random. (7%)
- Answering ads in professional or trade journals appropriate to your field. (7%)
- Answering local newspaper ads. (5-24% depending on salary demands)
- Going to private employment agencies or search firms. (5-24% depending on salary demands)
- Going to places where employers come to pick out workers, such as union hiring halls. (8%)
- Taking a Civil Service exam. (12%)
- Asking a former teacher or professor for job-leads. (12%)
- Going to the state/Federal employment service office. (14%)
- Asking family members, friends, or professionals you know for job-leads. (33%)
- Knocking on the door of any employer, factory, or office that interests you, whether they are known to have a vacancy or not. (47%)
- By yourself, using the phone book’s Yellow Pages to identify fields that interest you, then calling employers in those fields to see if they’re hiring for the kind of work you can do. (69%)
- In a group with other job-hunters, using the phone book’s Yellow Pages as above. (84%) (I think the key here to this type of success, is the support of others, we don’t recommend a group situation, a Career Coach will give more tailored expertise in their support.)
- Doing what is called “the creative approach to job-hunting or career-change”: doing homework on yourself, to figure out what your favourite and best skills are; then doing face-to-face interviewing for information only, at organizations in your field; followed up by using your personal contacts to get in to see, at each organisation that has interested you, the person-who-actually-has-the-power-to-hire-you (not necessarily the human resources department). (86%)
We coach our clients and support them in applying a direct creative approach and strategy tailored to them and their industry. The first step is obviously in identifying clearly what it is you want and need in a company, in a role etc. and then going out there and finding potential matches for you.
We help people with strategic networking and ways for you to start ‘putting yourself out there’ and ‘marketing’ yourself to potential employers and opportunities that don’t make it to recruiters.
The great thing about this approach is you’re creating a platform for yourself, you have complete control over it and you have very little competition compared to ‘traditional’ ways of job-hunting. You are creating opportunities instead of waiting for them and by developing relationships with the people that make the decisions you’re side stepping the square peg recruiting process.
No, it’s not the easiest route, but that’s where the support and guidance of a Career Coach helps you to apply this effectively and gain the confidence from our experience and expertise in helping hundreds of others to do the same before you.
If you want to get different results and aren’t afraid to try doing things a bit differently, Book our complementary, no-obligation phone consultation to speak to a Career Coach today.