How To Get A Job In Recession â€“ Strategies To Apply
I want to share with you certain strategies you can apply to get a job in this era of recession, where jobs have become so difficult to get.
Though I donâ€™t believe getting a job is the best thing to happen to anybody, however, having a job can help you to gradually move towards owning your business, which gives you the freedom to use your time as you please, and to make even much more money than you could possibly make on any job.
This is the ultimate life that anyone should strive to get to, a life that you are truly in control of. If you want to find out how you can successfully move from working on a job to owning a business and be in control of your life, you can read my earlier article on it here: Keys To Success: Four Step Plan To Move From Employee To Business Owner.
Now, back to how you can get a job in this era of economy recession when lots of businesses are closing down and people are been laid off from their jobs.
The job nailing strategies Iâ€™m about sharing with you are not common, and thatâ€™s why they are profoundly effective. With thousands of people hunting for the same job as you are, it will take you to do certain things beyond the ordinary to get noticed by job givers far and above the rest of the pack.
These strategies are not the usually recommended â€œhaving compelling resumes and cover lettersâ€, though these are very important tools to have in the job hunting industry, however, almost everyone already knows it, and so does not really take you out of the competition that much.
To distinctively stand out of other job seekers, and immediately get access to the job giver, here are some uncommon things you can do.
Do A Free Unsolicited Consultancy For Your Target Employer
A University graduate had been hunting for a job for several months after finishing school without any success at getting his dream job, which was to work in a bank, and from there develop his banking career.
Then an idea came to him!
One of the leading banks in the country was marking its tenth year anniversary in a couple of days time. The young job seeker set forth to give the bank, perhaps one of the biggest gifts it would get for its anniversary.
He researched the bank thoroughly, found out almost everything about how it had been doing business for the past ten years; discovered its area of strength and weakness; and recommended to the bankâ€™s management new business ideas they could go into and increase their revenue, and also ways they could get on top the industry.
Everything was documented with his contact and profile stated, and an offer to work for the bank if there was ever a job vacancy. He put the document in an envelope, which he addressed to the CEO, and personally delivered it at the bankâ€™s headquarters where the CEO had his office.
When the CEO got it, he was shocked to see how someone who wasnâ€™t in the company could know so much about the bank than even some of his managers. And could be so passionate about the bank as to wanting it to succeed above other banks in the country.
â€œThis is the kind of person we want in this company,â€ he said.
A few days later the job seeker was invited to see the CEO, who thanked him for the love he has for his company, and asked him if he would like to work for them.
The job he had always wanted was now been put to him to accept or not â€“ just for him to say yes â€“ without writing any job test or been subjected to a grueling interview.
And to make it even sweeter for him, he wasnâ€™t placed at the entry position of the bank, which was the usual starting point for all new intake, but a step higher where he would be quickly prepared for future management position.
Employers want people who know a lot and are passionate about their business. They want people who can deliver and help them fix a problem in their business efficiently and effectively.
If you are looking for a job, one of the best ways you can demonstrate to a prospective employer that you know a great deal about their industry and business, and are capable and passionate about helping them grow and achieve much more is to do what the young job seeker did.
This is a very effective strategy that could even make the employer to create space to accommodate you in their business even if there was no job vacancy at the time â€“ they wouldnâ€™t want to lose such valuable asset as you have shown to be.
However, for this strategy to work you must be sincerely passionate about the company you are targeting, and truly prepared to help it reach success.
Meet The Job Giver One-on-one
Here is another story of how someone got a job doing something quit unusual.
A young man in need of job saw an advertisement for a vacant job in a local newspaper that read: Wanted, young man as an understudy to a financial statistician, P.O. Box 5902, Ihube.â€ It was just the kind of job he had been looking for, so he immediately sent his application.
But there was no answer from the advertiser, so he sent another response letter, and a third one when there was still no answer, yet the advertiser didnâ€™t reply. Then he went to the local post office where the box was and asked the clerk, and then the post office manager who owned the Box, but they wouldnâ€™t tell him.
Instead of giving up, he decided he must get this job, whatever it would take him, and then an idea came to him. One early morning, he rose up, took the first means of transportation to the local post office, and stood close to Box 5902, watching who would come for it.
Some time later, a man walked up, opened the box, emptied its contents and left. The young job seeker followed from behind until they reached the advertisers office â€“ it was a stock brokerage company.
The job seeker came in and asked for the man in charge of employment – the manager – and was taken to him. The manager was surprised how the job hunter knew he was the one who placed the advertisement, and asked him how he found him out.
After telling him how he came to his office, the manager was deeply impressed, and could not thank his star enough for bringing the job seeker his way. He had actually been looking for someone like him with a fighting spirit, who would not easily let go until he/she had achieved his/her goal.
In excitement, the manager said, â€œYoung man, you are just the kind of determined fellow I want. You are employed!â€
Getting directly to the job giver puts you in far greater chance of getting the job than just sending letters. But know that most prospective employers will not like to be reached directly until at the interview; they usually prefer job seekers go through all stages in their employment process. Therefore, you have to come up with an idea of how to reach them personally if you are sure you are the right man or woman for the job.
Think Out Of The Box
Recently, I read a Reuters News report by Matthew Jones, where a 24-year old history graduate by name David Rowe did something no one would have thought of or have the courage to do concerning his need to get a job.
Right through Fleet Street, London, Rowe was seen wearing a sandwich board with a bold heading: â€œJOB WANTEDâ€. On the board, Rowe also told his prospective employers to use his service free for a month and if they were satisfied they could go ahead to hire him.This uncommon act immediately put him in the spotlight, and a couple of hours later that same day, he was offered a job to work with Gavin Walker of Parkhouse Bell, an international recruitment firm.
Rowe got the job, according to Gavin Walker, because “I liked the fact he had thought out of the box. I was impressed by that. I was even more impressed after the interview. He’s very employable, so much so I offered him a job to work with me.”
You surely need to be able to draw the attention of job givers to yourself, and that entails doing the uncommon things, which of course must be legal and moral.
I know it is not easy for most people to be on the spotlight, but this is one area of your life you can work on. For Rowe too it was difficult, even his father betted he wouldnâ€™t be able to do it, but Rowe had made up his mind, and just went with it anyway, “The first 20 paces are the hardest, you feel very conspicuous, but you just steel yourself to get on with it,” he said.
Job may be difficult to get in this time of recession, however, if you would apply the strategies Iâ€™ve shared with you above, you are sure to nailing one sooner than you could ever imagine.
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