Every day, millions of unemployed and prospective recruits send out their CVs and application letters to tens and hundreds of companies around the world, and each time, they don’t make a breakthrough. The reason isn’t necessarily because they’re not qualified, it could be because they aren’t doing something right or maybe they’re just plain unlucky.
Sometimes, you need to do something unusual and extraordinary to get similar results. Here are some creative ways we think you can find a job.
SEND HALF OF YOUR RESUME
Find a company you want to work for, write a great cover letter on why you are a good fit, pointing to the enclosed resume. Don’t seal the envelope and don’t enclose a resume. They’ll think the resume fell out in the mail. They will call and engage in a conversation. That is when you are expected to sell yourself relentlessly.
WRITE A PROSPECTING LETTER
Make use of the power of direct mail. Locate 5 to 10 companies. Write a letter to your contact network and ask them if they know anyone who works at any of the companies on your list.
When a contact says they know someone on your list, send them your resume and ask them to forward it to their contact or ask permission to send it yourself.
EMAIL A CHAIN BETTER
Create a list of 20 companies you want to work for and send an email to everyone you know to see if they know anyone who works at these companies.
Ask them to contact you if they do, so that you can ask for a referral. Finally, ask them to forward your email to 10 more people. However, it may not be a good idea to do this if you’re currently employed.
DISTRIBUTE A BOOKLET
Write a booklet with information relevant to your industry and give it away. Everyone loves free information and this demonstrates your expertise.
Give the booklet away electronically and advertise it to newsgroups where hiring managers will see it.
Call the human resource department, and ask them what outside agency or third-party recruiting firm they use.
They will ask you why you want to know. Tell them that although their company is not currently looking for someone with your skill set right now, the agency may be dealing with other firms, so you are looking for a recommendation.
They may very well ask you for an interview, and at least you could get a lead. They would love to save the agency fees. Also being recommended gives you special attention.