Ok, you have posted to every internet job board and every job on Monster, CareerBuilder, and Hitjobs. You’ve followed up with calls and networked until you are blue in the face. Each Sunday you take the newspaper and apply for every job in your field with little to no results. Well try some unique ways to find a job.
Don’t sell your full resume
Search for a company you are interested in working in. 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 you and engage in a conversation and then your role starts Sell yourself shamelessly.
Write a Prospecting Letter
You have the power of direct mail to make use of it. Locate 5-10 companies. Write up 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.
E-Mail Chain Letter
Search for 20 companies, create a list 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, don’t do this if you’re currently employed!
Distribute A Booklet
Write a booklet with information relevant to your industry and give it away. Nobody can ignore free information, everyone enjoys it, and this demonstrates your expertise. Give the booklet away electronically and advertise it to newsgroups where hiring managers will see it.
Call Human Resources
Sounds crazy, right? Call the human resources department. Ask them what outside agency or third-party recruiting firm they use. They will ask you why you want to know. Tell them that 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 can ask you for an interview. If not, at least you do get a lead. They would love to save the agency fees. Also being recommended gives you special attention. Finally, send them a thank you note.
These are guerrilla tactics that can give you better results. Be sure to stay tuned for another 5 creative tips.
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