If you’re currently working, or unemployed, don’t wait for companies to get back to you – take charge!
Are you sending your resume or just filling out job applications without ever meeting someone within the company? Don’t wait for the phone to ring! Take change of your career and stop by the company and introduce yourself. If this is a long-distance opportunity it will be harder to do, but if it’s a local opportunity there is no excuse.
I received a call the other day from an unemployed construction worker and he told me he was having trouble finding work. We discussed several different construction companies in the area and he said he called them but he wasn’t getting anywhere.
I told this guy to get in his car and start driving by construction sites and introduce yourself to the project manager or superintendent on the project and tell them what you can do for them. Don’t place a phone call at the main office and wait for someone to get back to you – take charge of your career!
This guy called me later that day to thank me. He did exactly what I suggested and received a job offer earlier in the day! This stuff works! Do you know why this stuff works? It works because people hire people they like. Period. And how to you get people to like you? Meeting face-to-face, that’s how!
When you just call a company it’s easier for the company to pass on you, especially if your phone skills aren’t very good. Most people will call a company and ask, “Are you guy’s hiring?” and the company says, “No!” and that’s the end of that, but when you meet face-to-face it’s a lot harder for a company to say “No!” they most likely will ask you what you can do.
When you meet face-to-face you can build a rapport with the person. You can explain your skills and what you can do for their company. People hire people they like, right? If you’re speaking to someone that works in the same industry as you, there will be a lot of commonality between the two of you. That’s one of the keys that makes this work – commonality! And this is near impossible to do over the phone. So don’t wait for the phone to ring! Get in your car and take charge of your career today! I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!