Trouble with Advertised Jobs
Advertised jobs are like small crumbs of bread thrown to a pack of hungry wolves – they get devoured in seconds and only a few people get to enjoy them. Jobs that are advertised could be gone in seconds because hundreds are trying to get their hands on that job. If you’re just a regular job hunter, you won’t be able to get a job the soonest time possible. It would only be through sheer luck that you eventually land on a good job today if you just rely on what being posted.
There are millions of job hunters who have this idea that they could easily find a job because there are thousands of job posts they could find online. But these posts are not according to your specification and if ever you find a job that you like, you’ll find yourself competing with hundreds of job hunters.
If you rely on the job posted, it will probably take you more than six months before you land a job – and that job might not even be the one you like. It could be a job that you are forced to take since you are tired looking for a job that you like and take one that’s available.
Create the Opportunity
There is actually something wrong on your job search. Instead of competing with other candidates who might be more experienced and qualified that you are, actively look for the job from the companies that you like to work with even though they didn’t post any available job position online.
You might think that you’ll have to call them blindly and ask them about job openings. But that shouldn’t be the case because almost that technique only works around 2% - 98% will be dedicated to phone calls and emails without any positive response.
Getting in touch with people who hide the available position doesn’t only require guts but also the power of networking. Linking yourself to other people in other companies in different industries will boost your chances of getting hired. People doesn’t talk to anyone they are not familiar with, less offer available job positions. Creating a good network takes time but it will pay off once you are out looking for another job. Since you have connections you can’t just access simple information but insider information on what jobs are available.
Give and Take Networking
But connecting to people isn’t just knowing them and asking them for a job. Think of networking as a business opportunity for you and the person you trying to connect. One mistake networking people often have is that they presume they will get something from other people just because they are in the same network.
If you are planning to approach someone regarding a job opportunity, think of what you can offer to them. They will only be interested in you if you have something to offer them. It is only through the “give and take” in networking that you eventually get an offer or insider information that a job is actually available.