Hi, my name is Alan Copeland, I have been in the professional recruiting industry for going on 20 years now. In my line of work, I have had many many conversations with people out of work who say they are looking but cannot find work. But are they really looking for work? Let's take a look.
Question: What are you doing to find a new job?
The answer I get the most is: I've sent out 150 resumes in the last three (3) months!
Wow! sounds like a lot doesn't it? But is it? 150 resumes in 90 days = 1.6 resumes per day. When you think about it, it only takes a few minutes to search a job board and send a resume. So really, you are only spending a few minutes a day looking for a job! NOT GOOD...
If you are out of work. If you have been laid-off. -- IT IS YOUR "JOB" TO FIND A JOB! That means you spend 6 to 8 hours a day looking for a job! Every person I've known who has put this level of effort into finding work, found work better or as good as the position they had before! and in a short amount of time!
How do you spend 6 to 8 hours a day looking for work? Just to name a few ways:
- Job boards - YES and all of them! spend at least an hour a day searching and applying to jobs that match your experience. If the job does not match your experience, don't waste your time or their time applying just to apply!
- Linkedin - Connect with other people in your geographical area and industry experience. Once you are connected with someone let them know you are looking.
- Linkedin Groups - Find industry-related -or- geographical area related groups in LinkedIn and let them know you are looking.
- Industry-related associations in your area - call them and ask them who might be hiring.
- Knock on doors - you should be visiting every company in your area who might hire a person with your experience and skills. What was your previous boss's title? Ask for that person, hand them a resume, tell them you'd be very interested in talking with them about how you might benefit their company!
- Contact a specialized recruiter/headhunter! A good one can put you in front of opportunities you would otherwise never know about. Try www.searchfirm.com to find specialized firms.
This is the key to finding a new job! Even in a slow economy the person who puts this level of effort towards finding work... They find work!
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