You may be answering job postings online, attending networking events, and reading the newspapers for clues on who maybe hiring. There is one more thing you can do that most people don’t like to do. It’s about knocking on doors.
No, you don’t have to necessarily hit the pavement and literally knock on doors. You can send out emails and/or make phone calls.
Most people lack the nerve to pick up the phone and dial a stranger. It takes guts but it can yield results. The person on the other end of the phone will know you are brave and daring. Thus, they are unlikely to hang up or be rude or nasty because they know it’s a tough thing to do.
When you call, identify a peer or someone a level above you. Ask them for suggestions or if they know of anyone who may be hiring. But, above all, do not ask them if they have a job opening. Invariably, they will think of their own company anyway. If they need time to think of some possibly leads, ask if you can follow up in a few days.
You never know what may come of this approach. You may identify some contract work to tide you over or at the very least, you may gain a new ally along the way.
Need to find some companies and contacts to call? Try ReferenceUSA. It’s probably available @ your library. Most libraries in the Denver Metro area license this online resource and can be used by their library cardholders. Check out www.arapahoelibraries.org and click on research databases to find ReferenceUSA.
Alternatively, you may be able to find contacts through Linkedin. You can use the advanced search feature to look up staff by company.
It may be a challenge at first, but I sincerely doubt anyone would slam the phone in your ear.