“How to get into
the Job Market after a long time of being out due to…”
out of the job market for 6 months, 1 year, or more. It can be tricky to get
back in. Most firms will think you are unemployed for a reason. Recruiters that used to harass you, aren’t.
The same thing with those annoying emails from LinkedIn as well, right? To put
it bluntly, it is a horrible situation to be in and it Sucks.
you still must live, right?
I have mapped out a game plan below that could help you. But you must really
work it. It requires resourcefulness, perseverance, and an extremely optimistic
can’t stress the requirements of this plan I laid out above, enough. Once again, it requires resourcefulness, perseverance, and an extremely optimistic attitude.
Ready, here we go.
and utilize your contacts.
your initial network of contacts.
On sheets of paper, list the names of people
in several categories whom you could contact in your job search work. (Sample
Categories could be current co-workers, former co-workers, friends,
family members, even (church contacts, networking/job fair contacts,
professional contacts, parents of children’s friends, current/former
classmates, teachers, and social/community organization contacts.))
List all people that fall into these categories.
Do not eliminate anyone because you think he/she
wouldn’t know anyone who could help you in your job search.
Like that annoying optimist in your life (we all
have one) says,
“You just never know”!!!
In this case, “You just never know” who will know someone who ends up being a key
to getting your new job! No?
your list of personal contacts.
Identify how you think each person could be
Ask yourself, for example, if your contact could
help you learn about:
for your target position
Example: Maria wants to move on
from an administrative assistant position to being a legal secretary. She wants
information on what attorneys look for when hiring a legal secretary. She reviews her list of contacts
to see if any are legal secretaries or attorneys, or if any work with or for
lawyers in other capacities, or if any might know an attorney or legal secretary.
info about a company
Example: Ty wants to work in
grounds maintenance at Disneyland. He
looks at his contact list to see if anyone works at Disneyland or might know someone who works there. He
also notes anyone who is in the landscaping or grounds maintenance field. Example: Raman wants to work as a
recruiter for an employment agency. He wants to find out which ones have a good
reputation. He reviews his list to
identify which people might have had
personal experience with an agency, either working for one, or as an employer
or job seeker.
future openings for your target position
Example: Wei wants to work in
marketing and/or development for a firm. He reads through his list looking for people who work in those fields.
“A” for those who might have the most
helpful information for you;
“B” for those people who might be of
“C” for those who you believe would have
the least helpful information.
4. Contact…your Contacts.
with those on your “A” list contact each of your personal contacts by
phone or by letter with a follow-up phone call.
Voice is the best way to
communicate. If you have to leave a voicemail, ask them to call you back, but
don’t leave to much detail as to why.
to develop your contact network.
a finite source. Remember you to have to be resourcefulness, perseverance, and
an extremely optimistic. One way to do this is through the referrals you gain
from your initial list of contacts.
Example, Sally’s friend Tina Smith
refers her to John Somebody, an attorney who works with her. Sally places a
phone call, “John, my name is Sally Carter. Tina Smith referred me to
you….” Sally can now add John Somebody to her list of personal contacts!
Be in attendance
all professional association meetings for the field of work. You are targeting locations
and opportunities that present great ways to develop contacts. You can find out
about associations that would be appropriate to join by using;
I said Google. (put in your city, your field and professional associations
and see what you find)
Association are great places to meet individuals who work in your field and who
can potentially give you information about current or prospective job openings.
Also, keep in mind, professional
organizations may also have their own job bank or listings of job openings that
are made available at meetings.
2. Business &
Social Networking Events:
business and social networking events to increase your profile, and contribute
actively to these platforms by sharing your success stories, interesting case
studies or market insights that you have gathered throughout your career in your
industry. Once again, you are targeting locations and opportunities that present
great ways to develop contacts.
In closing, I would like to say, these are the best tips that this extremely good looking recruiter can give. I will add, that i have had a lot of contacts come up to me with this issue and later found out they did get a new position. That is why I chronicled the methods, they confided in me, that led them to their goal.
Remember what I said in the beginning
you must really work it. It requires resourcefulness, perseverance, and an
extremely optimistic attitude.”
- If you are in a position that you need these tips, I hope they help.
- If you know of someone in need of these tips, please forward them this blog entry.
Lastly, if you are approached by someone in this circumstance, take 5 minutes out of your day and try to provide a little help for them. You never know when you will be the one asking for this type of help.
Director of Executive Management & Technology Divisions