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. Sending out your résumé to hundreds of companies won’t work; neither will it work to sit by the phone waiting for it to ring. You must find and connect with the people who will ultimately pave your way to getting hired.
There are literally millions of résumés sitting on managers’ desks right now that are headed for the reject pile or the wastebasket. Many companies receive from 200 to as many as 10,000 résumés a month. How will you and what you have to offer to stand out in that sea of paper and e-mail?
Surveys estimate that seventy-four to eighty-five percent of available jobs are never even advertised. Suppose you limit your job search activities to finding and applying for advertised positions. In that case, you’re missing many more possibilities than you are finding. How can you find these unadvertised jobs?
Internet job boards are rarely much help. Whether you use them to seek out job postings or post your résumé, only two to four percent of jobseekers 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 jobseekers find open positions and eventually get hired? Ask any successful jobseeker 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? One or all the reasons below will sound familiar:
- You don’t know where to start. Finding the right job seems like an overwhelming task. There are too many job listings to sort through, or you can’t find any opportunities that seem to fit. You make a few stabs at job-hunting, but you get nowhere. Interviews aren’t coming your way; nobody is calling you back, so you end up feeling frustrated and do little else.
- There are too many things to do. You realize that you need to increase your network, but you think your résumé isn’t quite good enough, so you work on that. You know that contacting potential hiring managers is essential. Still, it’s easier to look at the help wanted ads in the paper. You question whether all your time spent in informational interviews will ever be worth it. You don’t have a way to prioritize your job search activities and manage your time.
- It’s challenging to stay motivated. You may know what you need to do, but you avoid doing it. It’s easier to surf the Internet or watch television than working on your network to meet the right person who can lead you to a great job opportunity. You’ve gone weeks or months with few interviews and no job offers. When you get a rejection letter or no response from companies you’ve contacted, you take it personally. It’s easy to blame the economy, the Pandemic, lack of job openings, or the time of year.
If any or all these obstacles have stopped you in your tracks, then you are in good company. Jobseekers rarely fail because there are no job opportunities. They fail because they don’t effectively contact and follow up with the people who can lead them to jobs.
This is why a new job-hunting system being developed by Lee Gamelin works. Lee is basing his program in part on the road-tested Get Hired Now!™ System developed by C.J. Hayden. It provides both a structure and tool kit for finding the people who know about job opportunities—and it helps eliminate the roadblocks. The new job-hunting system will be available as a program-in-a-box for career schools and colleges, community colleges, and junior and senior college career centers.