When you're hunting for a new job, the key to success is being
interviewed. Unless you get interviewed, you can't get a job. It's
as simple as that.
Many job-hunters send out resumes and wait for potential employers
to contact them. You can score this way, but it's the slowest and
least effective way to do it. You can dramatically increase the
number of interviews - and hence your chances of landing a job - by
becoming active instead of passive. There are several proven ways to
The help-wanted ads are certainly a possible source of leads, but
remember that there will be more competition for those openings than
for any other and that only about 20 percent of jobs are foundthere.
To generate more interviews, instead of simply answering the ad,
research the company a little bit, find out who will be your superior
if you get the job and write him or her as if you hadn'tseen the ad.
That way you'll come in at a slightly different angle from all the
other candidates, and there's a better chance you'll be noticed.
Search also the "business for sale" ads and follow up on those
that interest you. When a business changes hands, the new owner will
be open to hiring new employees. Follow the news of promotions inthe
business section of the paper. Most people who move up into a new
slot leave their old one behind for somebody else to move into.
Another way of using the newspaper is to follow the business pages
looking for trends that might develop into employment opportunities.
If you'd like to relocate, or would be willing to, evaluate
opportunities in other cities. Subscribe to those newspapers. Buy
those telephone books (your local telephone company will get them for
you and they're surprisingly inexpensive).
Since nearly 80 percent of all jobs are found through referrals,
organize your friends and relatives to search for you and report any
leads they turn up. Use your business acquaintances in the sameway.
Anybody you would list as a reference should be apprised of your job
search and invited to help.
Find a career adviser and work with him or her. Sign up with
employment agencies, but unless you're desperate, limit yourself to
the ones that advertise "fees paid."
There's no reason you can't simply pick some companies you'd like
to work for and write or call their personnel departments. This
takes a good marketing letter or telemarketing skills, both of which
you can develop. They may not have openings now, but when they do,
your application will already be on file; and if you look good, they
may decide to save the money, time and effort of even advertising the
position at all.
If there's one company you'd like to work for more than any other,
launch a campaign. …