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One survey found that about 85 percent of all employers don't advertise their job openings. They hire people they know, people who find out about the jobs through word of mouth, or people who happen to be in the right place at the right time. While the Internet has changed how some employers find people, getting a solid lead is still too often a matter of luck. But the good news is that, by using the right techniques, you can learn to increase your luck in finding job openings. Traditional Job Search Methods Are Not Very Effective Most job seekers don't know how ineffective some traditional job hunting techniques tend to be. For example, a recent New York Times survey showed that fewer than 15 percent of all job seekers get jobs from responding to want ads and online job postings. Here is more detail on the effectiveness of seven of the most popular traditional job search methods State employment services Each state has a network of local offices to administer unemployment...
JIST Cards are a job search tool that gets results. I (Mike Farr, one of this book's authors) first developed them many years ago, almost by accident. I helped job seekers create them to get attention and leave something behind after dropping in without appointments to ask for interviews with employers. Many thousands of job seekers have used them in every imaginable print and electronic format and they still get attention and interviews that more traditional tools do not.
We want to make two points that apply to the Internet as well as to other job search methods 1. It is unwise to rely on just one or two job search methods. You 2. It is essential that you take an active rather than a passive approach in your job search. You can't sit back and wait for employers to call you. You must talk to people and find the jobs. This book will teach you techniques to find a better job in less time. But job seeking requires you to act, not just learn. So consider what you can do to put the techniques to work for you. Do the activities. Create a daily plan. Get more interviews today, not tomorrow. You see, the sooner and harder you get to work on your job search, the shorter it is likely to be.
We have found that few books on resumes and cover letters provide good advice on job seeking. In fact, most of these books give bad advice. For example, they often tell you to send out lots of resumes and get them onto employers' desks or into e-mail boxes or resume-scanning systems. Then, if your resume or cover letter is good enough, employers will ask you in for an interview. This advice is old-fashioned and downright harmful. It puts you at the mercy of some employer whose mindset is to screen people out. It encourages you to be passive and wait for employers to call you. And, worst of all, it assumes that the job search is limited to talking to employers who have job openings now and excludes all those who do not but who might soon. Note If you are planning your career or need to know more about finding a job, we strongly encourage you to learn more. Another book by one of the authors, Michael Farr, titled The Very Quick Job Search, covers the techniques in this section in much...
Tip JIST Cards are an effective job search tool Give them to friends and network contacts. Attach one to a resume. Enclose them in your thank-you notes before or after an interview. Leave one with an employer as a business card. Send one as an e-mail or e-mail attachment for people to forward to others. Use them in many creative ways. Put lots of them into circulation.
Laura, congratulations on the great press coverage You might like this extra copy for your files. I am eager to share my job search progress with you I will give you a call soon. Note You should consider sending quick notes or letters to anyone who helps you in your job search. This includes those who simply give you the name of someone to contact or who spoke with you on the phone. Besides showing good manners, it provides you with an opportunity to provide additional information about yourself via an enclosed resume and JIST Card (which people can pass along to others). It will also help to keep your needs in others' minds.
An effective career plan requires that you know your skills. If you have not spent time on this issue, we strongly suggest that you do. It is very important for both planning your career and for presenting yourself effectively throughout the job search. Most job seekers cannot answer the question, Why should I hire you The consequence of not being able to answer that question, as you might guess, is that your chances of getting a job offer are greatly reduced. Knowing your skills, therefore, gives you a distinct advantage in the job search, helps you write a more effective resume, and helps you focus your cover letters on the most relevant information.
We want to discourage you from sending out unsolicited letters as a primary technique. Even though many job search books recommend sending out lots of unsolicited resumes and cover letters, the evidence is overwhelming that this method does not work for most people. Doing the same thing on the Internet often results in the same outcome. The rare exception is if your skills are very much in demand.
As we discussed in chapter 4, we recommend that you send a thank-you note to every person who helps you in your job search, and that you do so immediately within 24 hours of speaking with that person. Tip You can take advantage of technology to help you manage your job search. 4 contact-management program such as ACT enables you to create electronic cards for each contact and integrate them into your weekly schedule. You might also create a spreadsheet with a program such as Microsoft Excel where you log your activity and keep details on each person and organization. You could also use a PDA such as a Palm Pilot to keep track of your appointments and contacts.
But getting out of school and getting a job is what you do when your life has other plans for you, and just hasn't let you in on them yet. I discovered that the world is not panting in breathless anticipation for eighteen-year-old high-school-graduate artists. So I started to work at a newspaper, selling advertising. I found out quickly that I don't like working for other people - but I also acquired a little vega station wagon that had to be paid for. When selling advertising turned out not to be my dream job, I dumped it for the first art job that came along. I began painting signs for a commercial artist, and discovered that that entailed working in a cold warehouse and dealing with people who hadn't been paid by this guy in months, and smelling kerosene all the time, and getting chapped fingers and chapped lips and paint in the cracks that the turpentine and the cold made in my hands. So I started teaching guitar at a local music shop, and while I was at it, picked up a couple of...
You are all ready to start your job search or so you think. You have written a great resume, turned up some promising leads, and now need to send your resume with a cover letter to various people in advance of an interview. But for too many job seekers, the job search comes to a screeching halt at this point. Questions like these come to mind With 15-Minute Cover Letter, we want to change all that. We give you strategies, ideas, and examples that will make the process of producing your cover letters quick, easy, and foolproof. Using these guidelines, you won't become bogged down in the task of writing and sending an effective cover letter, and you can keep your job search moving ahead. If you are like most job seekers, you will go immediately to the section of the book that deals with your most pressing need whether that is how to get a cover letter out the door in the next 15 minutes, how to quickly improve your resume, or how to manage your job search for the fastest, best results....
Based on many years of experience, we can say that the more time you spend on your job search each week, the less time you are likely to remain unemployed. Of course, using more effective job search methods also helps. Those who follow this advice have proven, over and over, that they get jobs in less than half the average time and they often get better jobs, too. Time management is the key. If you are unemployed and looking for a fulltime job, you should look for a job on a fulltime basis. It just makes sense, although many do not do so because of discouragement, lack of good techniques, and lack of structure. Most job seekers have no idea what they are going to do next Thursday they don't have a plan. The most important thing is to decide how many hours you can commit to your job search, and stay with it. If you are unemployed, you should spend a minimum of 25 hours a week on hard-core job search activities with no goofing around, and even more time is better. The following...
Sample Cover Letter 2 Pre-Interview, No Specific Job Opening (Darryl Poston) Comments This letter illustrates how the writer has built upon a casual in-person meeting to initiate a formal discussion about future career options. Although no job opening exists, he is wise in assuming that there will be one in the future. He is planting the seeds to be first in line when an opening does occur. Not only that, he is strengthening his professional network and making himself more visible and memorable within the new industry he is trying to penetrate.
In some cases, you could submit a much more comprehensive proposal that would essentially justify your job. If a job opening were available, you could submit an outline of what you would do if hired. If no job is available, you could submit a proposal that would create a job and state what you would do to make it pay off.
While resumes and cover letters get the attention, thank-you notes often get results. That's right. Sending thank-you notes makes both good manners and good job search sense. When used properly, thank-you notes can help you build on the positive impression you created during your interview or phone discussion. They can help make you more memorable to hiring managers. And they might even sway a hiring manager who is on the fence to include you in the next round of interviews.
Cover letters are just one important part of the job search, so we also provide information on thank-you letters, e-mail, and other job search correspondence that, when used effectively, can make your transition to a new job smoother and faster. A short but powerful chapter on how you can improve your resume in just 15 minutes is also included, and we close out with a key chapter on job search what works, what doesn't, and how you can manage an effective search in just seven steps.