We had a new client reach out to us this week, she had sent out over 50 resumes and hadn’t gotten any real opportunities. She originally contacted us to redo her resume, but we identified that her resume wasn’t really her issue. Her challenge was to find “hidden” opportunities where she wasn’t competing against others that, quite frankly, were a better fit on paper.
Looking for and finding new opportunities can seem daunting, and lets face it, most people struggle with this part of the job search process. This week’s podcast is part 3 of The Great Canadian Job Search Program where we discussed the variety of ways to identify and find quality job opportunities.
Do you remember playing hide-and-seek as a kid? One of the fondest memories as a parent is playing this game with my children. Sometimes they astounded me with their ability to find unique hiding spots. Finding new job opportunities can be a lot like this. Some positions are simple to identify, while other opportunities can be incredibly frustrating.
1. Finding opportunities starts with really looking. I know that sounds like a simplistic statement, but it is true. I have been part of many a hide-and-seek game where I wasn’t really playing too hard. When it comes to job hunting, really look, it’s as much about attitude as accepting that this part of the practical reality of a job search. Opportunities won’t usually seek you out.
2. Where to look? In our recent poll, respondents shared where they found quality opportunities:
• Personal Network 73%
• Recruiters 11%
• Informational Interviews 11%
• Job Boards 3%
My advice to clients is to use all the above elements in your job search. You never know where and when the best opportunities will be found, the more the merrier.
Like the game, “finding” is all about connecting with people, aka potential hiring managers. Peter shared “Remember…people hire people, not paper, getting your resume out is one thing, connecting with the right person is the key!”
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