Step out of your comfort zone to shorten job search time
While continuing to focus on traditional
job search strategies, it is very
important for job seekers to keep their antennae alert to job
opportunities that may present themselves serendipitously.
Consider the following success stories:
E-mail leads to a job offer
Despite a busy
job search schedule, Nick* made it a
point to regularly read numerous trade and academic publications. To
him, the journals presented opportunities that were not covered in the
help wanted sections. Whenever an article or story piqued his
interest, he would write a note to congratulate the author or to initiate
an intelligent discussion. Over a period of time, Nick developed a
network of top experts in his
Prompted by habit, Nick once wrote to the author of a study that
directly complimented his area of interest. One thing led to another
and the researcher, a well-recognized expert in his field, not only --
rather zealously -- introduced his new-found fan to other experts in
the field, but was also instrumental in securing Nick a
Promoted in the train
Sally* a software engineer was frustrated with her daily commute from
Connecticut to New York. She was looking for a
job opportunity closer to home. Once,
during an informal conversation with a fellow-commuter, she expressed
her interest in finding a
job in Connecticut itself. At that
time she did not know that the person she was conversing with was a
C-level executive at a leading software firm in her own city. Call it
coincidence, luck, or the hand of destiny, the company was looking to
fill a project management position. A series of
interviews followed this initial
introduction and Sally ultimately found a new
job -- and
promotion -- just one mile away from
workout, get a job--free
Tania* loved her management
job with the federal government.
Frequent travel, however, was disturbing her otherwise peaceful family
life, and she was desperately looking for a change. During a
stress-busting workout session, she casually described her
interests to her trainer.
The CEO of a local firm happened to come in for a workout the same
evening. The trainer did not lose the opportunity to present her
favorite client’s case. Tania now
works as the manager of an
establishment not far away from home.
ye shall find
While conducting a routine transaction at the bank, John*, the owner
of a marketing communications firm, politely requested the customer
service representative to introduce him to someone in the marketing
department. The associate, as a matter of professional courtesy, was
more than happy to oblige her loyal customer. She facilitated the
conversation and, voilà, our man landed a lucrative project with the
are meant to be broken
Jack* was an enterprising student. He was very interested in pursuing
a research fellowship with a leading pharmaceutical company. As a
matter of policy, the company accepted applications only from
doctorate degree holders. Jack, however, had only a master’s degree.
Undeterred, he researched the name and contact information of the
fellowship director and during a 45-minute conversation, he managed to
impress on the director that he was a perfect fit for the position.
Jack was invited to apply for the fellowship the following year.
story, find a job
Janice* happened to read a newspaper article that described some problems her
dream company was facing. She did not lose time in sending an
unsolicited proposal describing her talents and her ability to solve
the company’s existing problems. She also requested face time with the
manager. Her creativity helped open a position that never existed.
All the above examples describe stories of average individuals who did
not hesitate to step out of their comfort zones. It was their
initiative and alertness that ultimately landed them jobs.
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