"4 'Weird' Ways to Find a Job"
It was gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson who said: "When the
going gets tough, the weird turn pro."
When it comes to your job search in this sluggish, war-time
economy, you might try this advice: When the going gets
tough, the tough get weird.
In other words, be daring. Different. Zig when other job seekers
Here are four ways to get "weird" -- and more importantly, get
hired -- by being unconventional in your job search ...
1) Seek The Path Less Followed
Everyone advises you to post your resume on leading sites like
Monster.com and HotJobs.com. And there's nothing wrong with that
-- my clients have been hired using both.
But don't forget the growing number of job postings found on
niche Web sites that cater to specific industries, associations
and other affinity groups.
This tactic worked for one of my clients Carla S., from
"I interviewed for and got offered a great job this week
after applying to openings on sites from my industry, like
www.jobsinlogistics.com and www.careersinfood.com," says
If you follow Carla's lead and focus your search on sites
that appeal to a narrow audience, you'll likely find you
have less competition for jobs that are closely matched
to your qualifications. That's a win-win scenario, don't
Find niche job boards at sites like www.nicheboards.com
and by doing searches for keywords ("YOUR INDUSTRY + jobs")
at search engines like www.google.com, www.yahoo.com,
www.teoma.com and www.kartoo.com.
2) Network Backwards
One client, Jeff R. from Prior Lake, Minnesota, hit pay
dirt in February by networking among contacts most
people would never consider calling -- potential employers
from his LAST job search.
"I emailed a manager I had interviewed with two years ago,
before my latest job. He had moved to a different part
of the company, but he referred me to the right decision
maker. That new person interviewed me and offered me a
job," says Jeff.
So don't forget to look both ways when you network -
forward and back, all the way back to your college
career office and internships, no matter how long
ago you graduated.
3) Reject Rejection
Your response to a letter of rejection may, incredibly,
get you the job, according to California-based James
Adams, a career expert and former job-search consultant
to the U.S. government
"I was consulted by a woman who interviewed very well
for a position, but still got a letter of rejection
after applying. Most people would have torn up the
letter and gone on to other things," says Adams.
Instead, Adams told her to write a gracious reply,
thanking the company for their time and reaffirming
her strong desire to work for them.
Did it work?
"The top contender for the position had to relocate
on short notice. The hiring panel remembered the
letter they got from the really eager and pleasant
woman who replied to their rejection letter. She
got the job," says Adams.
4) Networking Begins At Home
When networking and sending out resumes, most folks
tend to search far and wide for job leads. But don't
overlook your own family as a potential gold mine
of employment information.
One client of mine, Paul W. from Columbia Heights,
Minnesota, found a job this way in accounting and
"I emailed over 100 resumes to employers and was
networking seriously, eventually getting 8-10 good
interviews. But it was my wife who helped me find
my new job," says Paul.
His wife told her friend, who told her boss about
Paul's qualifications. That wife's friend's boss
offered Paul an interview, and eventually, a job.
It's proof that you should leave no stone unturned
in your networking efforts, even under your own
by Kevin Donlin
Kevin Donlin is Managing Editor of 1 Day Resumes. The 1DR
writers provide same-day, one-on-one resume writing assistance.
He is also author of "Resume and Cover Letter Secrets Revealed,"
a do-it-yourself manual that will help you find a job in 30 days
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