Too many job seekers find themselves weeks or months past the time when they expect to be hired and started at a solid, career-level, employment position. If that description sounds anything like your circumstances, then pay attention to the following tactics that often jump-start and move ahead a job search onto the employment superhighway.
But be warned, these are strategies not for the faint-of-heart. Mental-focus, self-discipline, dispassionate drive, and a large dose of stick-to-it-ness are required to move your career forward with these methods rangers joba. Too often, job seekers’ minds are captured by the hypnotic distress caused when successive letters-of-rejection or, after hours sending out scores of resumes, a string of failed call-backs for job interviews line up to assail job seeker enthusiasm. Don’t allow your focus to waver. Use the strategies herein to keep your job search on course and on time.
And by the way, these tactics are not the typical network-with-industry-friends or the visit-a-niche-job-board sort of job search advice. Keep your mind open about these suggestions. These are the same friendly, but to-the-point, approaches that many professional executive search-recruiters use to generate job hires at all levels of employment. Such methods generate job offers – year after year – and they will work for you now, if you stay focused.
Additionally, to turbo-charge this job search model, you must create meaningful employer-prospect lists that reasonably match the career you pursue, then put those lists to work as you methodically follow the steps below.
A PRIMARY STRATEGY – PAY ATTENTION, NUMBERS, RESEARCH
As you create and decide and plan which job or job title offers you choose to harvest, remember to collect, correspond and organize as many accurate facts and statistics as you can about your own job history that accurately illustrates your on-job performances relative to key workplace topics that are commonly discussed on your work-floor environment – statistics, such as, percentages of improvement or loss-control on various subjects that highlight your skills and successes; include ratios, comparisons, totals, breakdowns of production, growth margins, projections, and more, as you don’t know yet which of those prime-topic-stats will be of keen interest to any particular employer-prospect, so be prolific in this endeavor.
Next, constantly remind yourself that about seventy-percent of all job openings are not posted to any job board, nor even posted or discussed within an employer’s own business walls. Nonetheless, the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, confirms the aforementioned “about seventy-percent” figure, so don’t doubt it. And be sure… your doubts of it… won’t change the truth of the number, it holds fast despite your belief-system.
It is important to note that last observation, and remember it, at least during any job search using the job search strategies reported in this article. In fact, remember to check-at-the-door most previous job search beliefs, they will prove to be massive time and energy wasters; set them aside, especially those concepts that used to yield results but now prove to be impotent; like the rumor that if you send out enough copies of the same resume someone will call back. That may be work for certain entry-level jobs, but not careers. The tactics herein rely on accurate, repeating numbers. The job seeker performing certain numbers of job search tasks in a repeated, methodical manner, without fail, whose results always move things forward, towards a real job offer.
For some people, such activities may seem over-the-top — and these strategies do require some unorthodox but friendly snooping around, too, some may say – but not deemed such by any reasonable professional assessment. To secure career-level employment positions, you cannot be shy about making direct contact to business operators and employer managers who are not advertising to hire for your job specialty (and do not be too shy to communicate with their associated employees or ex-employees, too), as smart job seekers remember that many of those business operators and employer managers are also known to occasionally hire specialists with your sorts of skills – even when there are no obvious job openings available.