Do your research impress potential employers by researching thoroughly both the company and its key players. Show up with a well organized binder of info about the company. During the interview subtly display your research by flipping to a page and asking a very thought provoking question. (With that level of preparation for interview the employer becomes aware that chances are you will bring the same level of commitment to the job.) I once put together a power point, of why I was a great asset to the company and the areas I felt I could make a difference. I printed copies and ask if it was okay that I highlight the opportunities I saw for the company.
Just show up and ask for 5 minutes (sometimes this can work). I was in a position a few years ago where I would receive hundreds of resumes. I hired many of the people at the Air Canada Centre because the front desk called up saying; some one is here to see you it’s important to acknowledge that as a drop in you may be interrupting something so start the conversation around that. I am aware you are busy, however, it was important I drop off my resume in person. I am very passionate about …
Send a book to the person you would like an interview with. For example; if you were interested in getting George Stromos attention, someone who is passionate about people, humor and the environment you may send a book such the Average American Male or, a colorful biography something that peeks his interest and has him curious enough to meet with you.
Start as a volunteer and show your value. My brother starting volunteering as a computer programmer in the early 90s when there were more programmers than jobs. After two month they realize he was producing more result on a part time basis than the full time paid employee was. They subsequently let the other person go and hired him on full time.
Try something new. Be open to a ‘just for now’ career option and give it your best whatever it is. You never know what things can develop into or what thoughts and ideas you may provoke for business opportunities by being in that circumstance you may have deemed unwelcome.
Be resourceful – I spoke to a friend last week who is in between jobs. She loves to shop and instead of going into further debt she decided to list several items on website for sale. Now when she goes on her next shopping trip she can feel resourceful and proud of her ingenuity.
Get to know reception – The gate keeper in a company can often be your route in. They have significantly more power than one many think. Years ago one of my students was determined to work in the music industry. He had no experience but boy did he have passion! He stopped by EMI records weekly and got to know the staff. He would bring in coffees and chat for a few minutes every week, learned every ones name. He was genuinely interested and it was no secret he wanted to work there. Eventually he was offered a position a few month later when they were hiring. Passion sells!
During challenging times, you will miss opportunities if you are so mired in the guck of the poor me attitude. You won’t even see them, or, you will repel them almost instantly. This is a time to ask people for help and challenge your comfort zone. The world does not owe you, rather you owe yourself patience, creativity and resourcefulness.