Finding a job may be the more difficult now than at any time since the great depression. This is certainly worst job market in my lifetime. I worked for a company that just ceased to have any business in 2009, after years of being a thriving business. Along with millions of Americans, I found the job market difficult, even for someone with the vast experience and education I had.
I eventually found part-time employment with a temporary agency flipping burgers and within a year, I moved up to a personnel manager hiring hundreds of people and managing them. I learned a great deal about the current job market and how many good people lost their high level jobs and are struggling to find new employment. I believe that I am uniquely qualified to offer you employment advice.
The idea for the WebInfused Employment Solution was developed from my experiences in both trying to find a job and trying to find people to fill job openings. WebInfused.com was founded to build businesses and help people find employment. The Employment Solution is one of our Contact Points. A Contact Point is web-based programming that infuses your contact information, including your social media identities, into programming that works on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones that use “modern browsers.” A Contact Point makes it easier to learn about you, contact you and interact with you.
I. Be organized, prepared, flexible and diligent without being a pest.
Gather your Cover Letter, Resume and References. If you need help with them, consult an expert in the area. We can refer you to someone to help you, if you cannot find someone. These professionals are very reasonably priced for the results. Alison Doyle from About.com has great resources if you need help getting your Resumes, Cover Letters, and Employment-Related Letters all together and well written. Feel free to browse the information and get yourself prepared.
Once you have your documents ready, have these documents converted to PDF documents, as these are the easiest to handle. If you put in an application, do not be a pest by calling every day to check on it. Email, call or write once a week. Never call first thing in the morning, right before or right after lunch or at the end of the work day.
II. Don’t expect a job to find you. Build relationships, build a network of people and build on your current skills.
Employment networking is the best way to find a job in a tough economy. The people that are consistently finding jobs in the current economy have realized that they need an inside track. With the competition for a single job bringing in hundreds and sometimes thousands of qualified applicants, the successful candidates all seem to have risen to the top of the resume pile by networking. They have attended job fairs, gone to trade shows, joined professional associations, sought out a mentor and done any number of things to make themselves more visible and known. By networking, you can become more of a known quantity. Not only do people get to know you, they get to know about you and what you are like. I always preferred to hire a known quantity. I would much rather chose someone that I had already invested time in getting to know and had a fair idea how they might be as an employee. The better you present yourself in networking, the better your chances of getting hired. With your WebInfused.com Employment Solution, you will appear clever, organized, innovative and prepared.
III. Don’t sit home and wait for the phone to ring. Find a job or a volunteer opportunity where you are exposed to people. The people that may be the decision makers in hiring for positions that you in which you might be interested.
Avoid gaps in your employment history. If you lose a job, and can’t find even a low paying job, volunteer! Someone that just appears to be sitting around appears lazy and unmotivated. If you volunteer at your church, in your community, at the local school or wherever you can find opportunities it shows you are motivated and looking to stay busy. Maybe you can’t find an organized volunteer activity. How about helping to shovel snow or shopping for the elderly, fixing a few things for a neighbor? I have yet to find a minister or a priest that would not help those that are helping others. Most are only to eager to endorse and support those that serve others. Babysitting, making meals, picking up trash along the highways all show motivation and a desire to accomplish things. There is nothing too menial that someone might do to help others that went overlooked when I was hiring. I was impressed by the PhD that volunteered to paint his church. I realized he did not think of himself as better than others.
IV. Build yourself a personal brand and actively market yourself!
The WebInfused.com Employment Solution was designed to make sure that you have all your hiring documents and contact information with you when that one opportunity comes along. It was also designed so that you could develop a personal brand or identity. I don’t know an employer that will hire someone today without looking as deep into their background as they can. If the background is hidden from them, they likely pass on the person. I know that the news has run stories about wanted to see Facebook and Twitter pages before hiring someone. Yes, these are very true. These businesses want to see consistent messages from what you say to them and what they read on Facebook and Twitter. They are exploring your personal identity or brand. When you are consistent, your brand is good! When you aren’t consistent, your brand may does not appear to be what you tell them. They pass because there are plenty of people standing in line that have a consistent message.
When you have a consistent message, you can actively market yourself! Put yourself out there! Use all the job posting sites and the local newspapers and job bulletin boards and identify who is hiring. Research the companies. Find out everything you can about them. Develop a plan based on what you learn. Use employment networking where you can. When there is no time, use your WebInfused.com Employment Solution Contact Point and a solid letter of introduction. Market yourself with a consistent and organized message and information.
With the WebInfused.com Employment Solution or Contact Point, your Facebook, Twitter and personal website or blog are all tied together with a common point of contact. It is a red carpet invitation to get to know you and your brand. Employers want openness and convenience. They want organized, self-motivated, clever, and consistent employees. The WebInfused.com Employment Solution can help them see that it you.
One of the students that I worked with used this advice and found great success. It just happened that the owner of a retail business was a frequent customer. After a few visits to the fast food restaurant where the student was polite and friendly, they began a conversation and the student handed that business card that linked the owner of retail business to all their hiring information. The owner was so impressed with the way that the student had marketed themselves, they hired the student within days of the encounter.
The employer was looking someone to work in their marketing department. When the student introduced themselves in the fast food job, they would say their name and simply state their were a marketing major at the local college and thanked the fast food chain for the opportunity for a job. They welcomed the customer to the business and then interacted with them according to their job. This is what opened the door of opportunity.
I have always encouraged people to use a simple and friendly introduction. Don’t look for sympathy about your situation. Be confident and respectful, if you are working. Don’t steal time from one employer to try to get another job. Believe me, employers notice this. Hand the card to the potential employer and briefly explain how it works. Explain that you are working, but would welcome the opportunity to speak further.
Not every business will allow you to interact like this. If you find a job that does not allow you to have friendly interactions with customers, just be friendly and open to the customer. Be patient and wait for the right opportunity. You have to show you do your current job well, if you want someone to recognize that you may deserve a better one.