Finding a job is all about people. It’s the people you know, people you meet and people you locate who have information, who will inevitably help you get a job. Submitting your resume to hundreds of companies won’t work; neither will it work to sit by the phone or in front of your computer waiting for a response. You have to find and connect with the people who will ultimately pave your way to getting hired.
There are literally millions of resumes sitting on managers’ desk or in their inbox right now that are headed for the reject pile, the wastebasket or the trash folder. Many companies receive from 200 to as many as 10,000 resumes a month. How will you and what you have to offer stand out in that sea of paper and email?
Surveys estimate that 75% to 84% of available jobs are never even advertised. If you limit your job search activities to finding and applying for advertised positions, you’re missing many more possibilities than you are finding. How can you find these unadvertised jobs?
Internet job boards are rarely much help. In fact, some refer to these sites as “resume black holes.” Whether you use them to seek out job postings or toe post your resume, only 2 to 4% of job seekers find a job using one of these services.
Finding the right opportunities, getting a company to invite you in for an interview, and then having to compete with so many other candidates for the same job appears to be a daunting task. So how do job seekers find open position and eventually get hired? Ask any successful job seeker that question and here is what you’ll hear: “my network,” referrals,” “a lead from someone inside the company,” “word of mouth.” and “contacting people.”
Perhaps you already knew those answers. So why don’t you have a job yet? Do these reasons sound familiar?
You don’t know where to start.
There are too many things to do.
It’s difficult to stay motivated.
If any or all of these obstacles have stopped you in our tracks, then you are in good company. Job seekers rarely fail because there are no job opportunities. They fail because they don’t contact and follow up effectively with the people who can lead them to jobs.