Let’s face it. Searching for employment is a royal pain in butt. Want to know best way to get exposure to key company leaders and unpublicized opportunity with least amount of stumbling?
Gain an audience by recognizing opportunity There’s a sexier method to salsa into a great career with less tripping and more flair. Look for problems to solve and create a personalized solution. Find those challenges by spotting company movement of any kind, whether change is good, bad or ugly. If you do this, you’ll capitalize on an opportunity to be heard and get that coveted invitation to dance in king’s court.
Hot career tip: If you want to infiltrate an intended employer fortress, a feat that other job seekers assume impossible, remember that it’s much easier if inhabitants on other side open door for you.
Here are three things that you need to know to increase your chances of obtaining an insider’s invite:
Resume blasting is as productive as sailing paper airplanes aimlessly into wind
Traditional networking causes most job candidates to feel like hookers standing on a dimly-lit street corner soliciting interest from passersby. Online job searching, a passive mind-numbing activity, done without a target will suck creative energy right out of you
You won’t find that best job through traditional networking What happened to prevailing idea that networking is best career resource to find a new job? “Networking is still one of better methods to find employment but today it’s used in a different way,” says Randy Stevens, President and CEO of R. L. Stevens & Associates Inc., a national career marketing firm based in Waltham, Massachusetts. “In fifth year of a negative economy, actually by second year, networks get choked. Over last few years these networks have been overused by people who had good networks.”
Traditional Networking has been replaced and redefined There’s a better way to get doors open says Stevens. The concept of “Greasing Wheel,” has replaced model of traditional networking. He explains, “In this current employment cycle covering past five years, traditional networking transitioned to becoming more meaningful for informational interviews to gather information, rather than directly finding a job. ‘Greasing Wheel’ on other hand, is a fresher approach because it ties or connects a personalized solution you’ve identified to an employer’s need.” Your job search is then redefined from looking for employment openings to more proactively seeking a gateway to supply value and benefit as a solution provider.