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.
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