Today we’re going to discuss three unusual ways to access the job market.
Firstly, I am a volunteer. You should be a volunteer. The volunteer market doesn’t matter where you live in the world is huge. So volunteering is very good for you. It makes you feel good. It’s giving your time for free. So volunteering is a great way to meet new people. I have had several clients over the years who have met their next boss through volunteering. Now there’s volunteering in sport. There’s volunteering at your church. There’s also volunteering at hospitals and other community events. If it’s non-religious and nonpolitical, you can put that on your resume, your CV. That will make you stand out from the rest because you are giving your time for free.
It’s just one of the many differentiators that hiring authorities look for today. What is your community involvement? So you are giving, but you might receive; you might get a job offer. You might get an interview just by volunteering in your community.
Number two. So many people are shy. They really have difficulty in telling people that they are in career transition. You know, it’s not an offense. Being in career transition is not an illness. It’s a fact of life. I know of people who’ve been in career transition five, six, or even seven times. Obviously the more you do it, the more overt you get, the more comfortable you get in talking about it. But never be frightened to talk about it within your community, within your tribe.
So, tell all the people around you, your friends, your family, your acquaintances You always meet people. Even when you are in the lineup at the grocery store, don’t be frightened to talk to the person behind you or the person in front of you. You never know. I’ve had a couple of clients who again have met their next bosses just by being in the grocery lineup. How wonderful is that? And it doesn’t take much. Don’t be humble. Be proud that you are talking about the situation you are in. Career transition hurts, but the more you air it, the easier it’s going to be for you.
Where do You Want to Work?
Finally, informational interviews. If I was coaching you, I would insist that you come to me with 35 different companies, entities that you want to go and work for. I don’t just want you to pick them. I want you to give me a reason, a paragraph or a couple of paragraphs about why you want to go and work for that company.
Then I will coach you to find the person who will be your boss or your boss’s boss, or some other influencer at that company and then go and seek an informational interview with somebody at that company. I can’t tell you how many clients, thousands of my clients over the years have secured a formal interview as a result of being are they informal interview or an informational interview?
So I would encourage you to get out there and tell people that you’re in career transition. Hopefully, you’ve got something from this post, something that’s tangible, that you are now being able to execute in your job search plan. If you are in career transition, all you simply want to do is to manage or advance your career. I am here for you. I’d be happy to have a conversation with you.
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