Having trouble getting a job — Part 2

The second reason you’re having trouble getting a job is that you spend too much time posting for positions online. It’s a fact: over eighty percent of all jobs are not advertised online. You stumble upon them through networking. So spend the majority of your time—eighty percent of it— networking with your friends, business associates, former clients, and family members.

Unless you luck out, nobody will probably know of a job opening. But some will by happy to refer you to their business contacts and friends who are in a position to help. So ask your contacts, “Who do you know in my field that you think I should be talking to?” You can learn many networking techniques in the chapter titled, “It’s who you know, stupid,” in my book—Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. 

Also, when it comes to jobs on the Internet, instead of viewing each posting as an application, look at it as a possible job lead.

Do some detective work on a particular lead by researching on Linkedin, on the Web, and at your local library to see if you can find the name of an executive who could hire you if there were a job opening. Then write to that person—without mentioning the posting from which you obtained the lead— explaining you’re interested in such and such a job and would like to make an appointment to discuss your background to see if there’s a possible fit. End your letter by saying you’ll call his office in a few days as follow-up to see if she can work you into her busy schedule for an appointment

You’ll start making money faster after making a list of your contacts in categories mentioned above and spending most of your job search time working with them and following-up the leads they’ll provide.

You might also be interested in these related posts: Networking for Jobs; and, The Quickest Way to Get a Job.

Copyright © 2015 by Ransom Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.