How do I get my foot in the door you may ask?
Many of us have secured a job by connecting with a prospective employer – maybe it was tapping into an existing network, maybe it was cold calling, maybe it was through volunteering or social media…
It all takes courage, a plan and persistence!
Tapping into your network
Don’t be afraid. Remember, you’re asking for advice to assist you in job searching, not asking for a job, and most people will be flattered and supportive. Your network can assist you in your job search by providing some really important information regarding current industry knowledge, skills and qualities the employer values, as well as referrals and linking you to possible upcoming opportunities.
You could start by reaching out to those people who know and respect you, including past colleagues or employers, family and acquaintances, as well as using any online professional networks you may have to make sure they know that you are genuinely looking for a new job or even a new career.
This is where planning and researching becomes oh, so important.
- Create a list of past employers, suppliers, personal and professional contacts.
- Ensure your online profile (if you have one) is up to date and reflects that you are in the market for a new career opportunity.
- Be prepared – modify and showcase your resume to reflect your skills and experience to match the organisations and industries you are interested in.
Cold calling is another way for you to contact employers directly. This may be over the phone, by email or in person. You need to research a company or organisation thoroughly to ensure you are identifying employers relevant for your career needs and aspirations, and ensuring your skills and experiences are a match. Again, if you are planning to send or provide a cover letter and your resume, it should be professional and tailored each time you contact an employer.
And finally, I would recommend taking the time to develop a script for yourself to ensure you are confident when you introduce yourself. Prepare and practice, then follow up. Here are five golden tips for cold calling.
Written by Lucinda, our new Networking Superstar. If you need help with getting your foot in the door, make a time to talk to Lucinda or any of the Skills and Jobs Centre advisors.