Fear of rejection is one aspect of job searching that most job seekers share.
We often slow, or even sabotage, our job search – perhaps by not asking for the help we need, or maybe by avoiding meeting new people through networking or informational interviews simply because those critical aspects of the job search fall outside our comfort zones…
I spend a lot of time reading job search and career-related books. And in all this reading one piece of information has proven constant: The job search strategy most likely to yield results… networking. The worst job search strategy is to avoid all human contact and only apply for jobs virtually.
Listed below is a summary of job search strategies and their general effectiveness from the classic career book, “What Color Is Your Parachute?”. Here are the 5 best, and the 5 worst, ways to find a job:
Let’s stop using the term “informational interview”. That phrase sends the wrong message. Worse yet, it’s only job seekers who ask for them! In fact, let’s re-design the typical process of obtaining this type of meeting.
So let’s do this: If you are serious about your career, stop asking for informational interviews. It’s great to network. But let’s re-design the process and position your request differently! This should yield better results.
Think about any skill… playing the piano, for example. To master that skill, you must practice for hours, days, weeks… even months or years. Gradually, you see small improvements… then begin hitting big milestones. Eventually, you look back and see how much you’ve improved; how you’ve mastered the skill.
A job search works the same way.
Few successful job seekers who get hired are born with some innate job search talent. The job search is just another skill to master – one that will take some time, practice and patience.
With that mindset, you’ll see results in the form of more interviews… and, sooner rather than later, that elusive job offer.
If I told you how to impress more half the recruiters in America, would you do it?
A survey by Workfolio found 56% of recruiters are more impressed by a personal website than by any other job seeker promotional tool (including resumes). They also found that only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website.
You worked hard on your resume and cover letter. You applied for the job that, according to the job description, met your qualifications perfectly. Your online presence is impeccable.
And yet, the recruiter never called. Before you curse out that recruiter, you should know that they likely never saw your resume…