No one is hiring, and when they are, they’re getting way more responses than they can handle.
Whether you’re fresh out of college, stuck in the wrong job, or unemployed and waiting desperately for that right job, you’re stuck. You know you have something to offer, but how can you demonstrate that value when you can’t even get the interview? (more…)
Most of us subscribe to the belief that we should always trust our gut instincts and when we don’t, we’ll wind up regretting it.
Like the time you kicked yourself for ignoring the hunch that told you to turn left, take the earlier flight or ask that cute guy/gal out on a date. Or maybe on a cloudy day, you went back to the car for your umbrella and then wound up in the elevator with the recruiter you’d been hoping to introduce yourself to.
It wasn’t an accident. It was your gut instinct.
And as everyone knows, your gut knows best.
Well, maybe not. Recent research proves your gut may in fact be a liar.
Editor’s note: Niall Doherty contacted me some time last year and offered to buy me a cup of tea while passing through London. We became friends and I’m now a huge, raving lunatic fan of his blog. This is his guest post.
I met a couple of Spanish guys last November at a hostel in Munich. Unable to find employment back home, they’d moved to Germany hoping for better luck. I’d run into them every few days in the kitchen or the lobby, and inquire about how their job search was going.
You’re doing all you can to find your ideal career. You spend several hours every day firing off introductions to leads. You are focused and disciplined, and yet nothing seems to come of your efforts. You blame the bad economy, but you can’t help feeling that there’s some secret technique you still haven’t tapped.
There is a huge difference between students who truly get networking – and those that don’t. Whether it’s their social background, or a tendency to be shy, it’s like they come from two different worlds.
All of them will have heard of networking, of course, but actually initiating it themselves is a very different matter.
So I suggest they map out anyone who could be useful for them to talk to, on and offline, and then come up with imaginative ways of getting to these people. Here are three case studies of students who took that advice, and the results that came of it. (more…)
Career changers and job seekers worry about getting their foot in the door.
Freelancers wonder how they’ll get more clients.
And ordinary workers everywhere are asking themselves: what can I do to protect myself from a layoff?
While there are never any guarantees, I think the best answer for all of those situations is the same: show some initiative.
I can see you all shaking your heads now. What’s new about that idea? Tell me something I didn’t know!
I may not be telling you something you didn’t know, but chances are, I’m telling you something you aren’t doing. Initiative, in my experience as a manager, business owner, and consumer, is pretty rare indeed.
The following are a couple of examples of how initiative can pay off big time. And how you might employ the idea to accomplish your own goals. (more…)
You’ve called all your distant relatives to see if they know anybody who might be Somebody who can get you job.
You’ve begged your friends and sometimes even acquaintances to give you recommendations on LinkedIn.
You keep hitting the refresh button on your email to see if the hiring manager bothered to get back to you, but there’s still nothing.
Wouldn’t it be great if you were the one saying, “Don’t call me, I’ll call you”?
When I left my government job, I was surprised at the number of people who came out of the woodwork to offer me a job–even though I wasn’t looking for one. In fact, I started to feel a little self-conscious about it. I mean, I like to think I’m good at what I do, but I don’t know about that good.
So what was going on?
At the time I left my job, I was working for one of the most respected men in government science. And apparently, he’d been saying nice things about me.
Until that moment, I hadn’t truly appreciated the power of association. The job offers weren’t just about hiring a good employee. They were about capturing a piece of the reputation I represented.
Of course, this is great news if you work for an influential boss and want to keep working in the same industry.
But what if you don’t? Is there any way to garner a flood of offers, even when you’re changing careers and lack experience?
I think so.
I’ll warn you, my idea is unconventional.
But if you’d like to stop playing the demoralizing game of job hunt roulette, there is another alternative. (more…)