Use CareerShift to get more interviews.
In a bad economy, many industries are negatively affected and competition for jobs increases. This makes using job boards (as your primary strategy) incredibly difficult and depressing, since this is where competition for positions is most fierce.
You stand to increase your chances of landing multiple interviews through learning how to tap into what is called the “hidden” or “unadvertised” job market.
Connecting with companies you are interested in directly (not in response to a posted position) is one powerful way for you to get an edge on the competition and pique the interest of potential employers that may be a match for you. If you have a plan that includes your target market, job titles and geographic preferences, then you have enough information to begin researching what companies might fit you.
Most companies have open positions that have not been, and probably will not be advertised! Finding and communicating with these companies is the best way to control your job search, secure quality interviews and receive better offers.
So how do you specifically find these companies? Well, with your CareerShift account, it’s quite easy.
In MY CONTACTS, look carefully at the available filters to find your target companies. Save your entire searches for easy access at anytime.
Next Click on ‘find contacts at these companies’ and find the appropriate possible contacts for you to communicate with. You will most likely be best served if the decision maker you connect with is two to four levels above where you see yourself in a particular position with that company.
Once you have a basic list, here is what you can do next:
Simply send your very targeted resume and engaging cover letter to a decision maker within each company, using MY CAMPAIGNS. CareerShift will automatically save the communication record for you for easy later access.
In MY CALENDAR, set your email defaults to determine how many days in advance you want to be reminded to do your follow up calls. You will see that your campaign will be automatically placed on the calendar. Open that event up and make sure you check ‘YES’ to receive an email alert. You will then have a self generated reminder email sent to your email address!
Understand how important it is to follow up with a phone call…practice what you are going to say, and keep at it until you make contact.
Initially, you might struggle embracing techniques that don’t involve answering posted ads. However if you can get over this, you will yield significantly higher results.
Why not log into your CareerShift account right now and get started? As always, demonstrations are easily scheduled through Val Matta at 216-255-3026.