Hey Ray …
I’ve been having a heck of a time in my job search!
- “I can’t get past the brick wall of HR, no matter what I do or who I talk to.”
- “What’s wrong with me? I feel like I ace my interviews, but still no callbacks.”
- “My wife thinks I’m a loser. I spent 5 years getting my degree, and so far, all we have to show for it are student loans we can’t pay back.”
- “Honestly, I’d be okay with 3 minimum wage jobs if it meant I didn’t have to suffer through another wave of rejection letters.”
What’s it going to take to get past the powers that be that have a monopoly on hiring?
- Open to a new way of doing things.
- Open to challenging the status quo.
- Open to trying new ideas that may seem counter-intuitive.
- And open to a worldview that says, “Hey, if I keep sending out resumes and doing interviews the way I always have, I’m going to keep getting what I’ve always gotten—very few responses, very few callbacks, and and HR haggling me down on salary.”
7 Steps to FINALLY Land an Interview
- Identify and talk about your accomplishments on your resume and during interviews.
- Accomplishments are not duties.
- Accomplishments demonstrate your ability to
- Make money for your employer
- Save money for your employer, or
- Improve processes for your employer.
- Stop using job boards as your primary search method.
- The hidden job market is the 80% of job openings that are never advertised.
- You won’t find these position on job boards, so stop looking there.
- Accept the fact that HR is NOT the decision maker.
- Stop applying for jobs through job boards.
- Don’t apply for position through the employer’s website until you have spoken with the hiring manager. (more on this in step 6 and 7)
- Identify companies that need your skills whether they have advertised openings or not.
- This is how you uncover the hidden job market.
- Make a list of 150 target companies within a 50 mile radius of where you are willing to live.
- Identify the hiring manager within each of your target companies.
- This is the true decision maker. The person that would be your boss’ boss.
- DO NOT contact HR first. You must find a way to speak with the hiring manager.
- Allow the hiring manager to introduce you to HR.
- Send your resume directly to the hiring manager.
- If the hiring manager instructs you to send a resume to HR, do it. But …
- Make sure the hiring manager receives one too.
I have just given you 7 foundational elements to an effective job search. Put them into practice and you will dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend looking for your next position.
If you will apply these 7 Step to FINALLY Land an Interview, you WILL Breach HR’s Brick Wall.
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