Finding a job can be a full-time job in its self. Scouring the job listings both online and in printed media (I’m going to assume that the only reason printed media still exists is due to job seekers) can seem like a Sisyphean task. For those of you unfamiliar with obscure Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a person in Hades that was cursed to push a rock up a mountain for eternity, only for said rock to roll back down to the bottom right before he reached the summit. See the parallel? Well, worry not my weary job seeker, because these are a few methods that can cut your job search time in half.
1. It’s Outdated
The first thing that will help you cut down your time between looking for a job and getting an interview is to recognise that traditional job searches are outdated. You can electronically send out resumes until your blue in the face, fill in online application until your fingers are throbbing and not get a call back until the cows come home (I apologize for the redneck term of phrase). Circumvent all that mess and look directly for the hiring manager, it’s not like he/she’s some mythical wizard of Oz hidden behind a curtain and guarded by surprisingly unthreatening guards. And you don’t even need ruby slippers. Just LinkedIn.
2. Find The Hiring Manager
Instead of going through the traditional channels of job seeking, try to go straight to the source. You won’t have to deal with canned response emails or non-responses because the automated recruiting system filtered you out from the get-go. LinkedIn is a great tool for this and in conjunction with the company’s web page (the about section usually list all senior and middle management) try to figure out who the hiring manager is, if you can’t figure that out, send it to the department head of the position you are applying for. Send an envelope with their name on it, containing these two things:
3. The Pain Letter
I don’t come up with this lame, over-bloated terminology; they’re the latest job seeking buzzwords. A pain letter is like a sales pitch, yourself being the product. Basically, you point out something that “pains” the company then you present a situation where you remedied a similar situation during your previous job experience. You can usually extrapolate the problem from the job ad, and no upper management person would authorize the funds for a new hire if they weren’t hurting for something.
Just like any sales pitch worth its salt, your pain letter should have a “hook” which is basically a sentence that will grab the hiring manager’s attention. You usually want to talk about the company, its progress and its merits. Then you’ll bring in your pain curing capabilities.
4. The Human Voiced Resume
As the name indicates, a human-voiced resume is a resume written in the first person and shows how your skills will benefit the organization you are applying for, instead of being a dry roster of your professional qualifications and credentials. After all, that’s what every hiring manager wants to know “what can you Mr. Candidate Nojobington do for me and my organization?”
Are there any other tips can help cut your job search time in half? Let us know in the comment section below.