Increase Your Odds of Landing a Job
As a business librarian, I’m inclined to tell people to do research whether they are conducting a job search or contemplating the start of a new business. Plus, I tend to scour the universe for information before I finally decide I have enough data. People who have worked with me would certainly agree about my thorough approach.
So, when I read Aldo Svaldi’s article today in The Denver Post entitled, As Colorado Jobs Start to Come Back, Searchers’ Skills Need Work,” I noted that the various experts cited in this article each advocated doing research as part of a job search.
Andrew Hudson,who runs a popular job board in Denver commented that responding to postings on job boards should not consume more than 20% of a job seeker’s time. Instead, spending time networking and making contacts is likely to be a more effective way of landing a new job.
That may sound easy but how does one find contacts? As a librarian, I would recommend using ReferenceUSA, a popular online business directory available at many public libraries, to identify potential employers. With ReferenceUSA, the user can quickly identify companies by industry, location, size, organization type, and more. Download lists with contact names and their job titles. Then, the hard part begins. Either pick up the phone and start calling, network through others, or try making contact through LinkedIn.
Later on in the article, Sam Sargent, president of Human Resources Asset Management Systems Ltd in Monument, Colorado, remarked with regard to interviewing that “Job hunters need to do their research and show an interest that goes beyond pay, vacation time and the employer’s stability.” I said, “YES” to that as well. So , go ahead and try something your competition might not think about doing.
Do some research about the company and the industry so that you can ask focused questions when interviewed. Such a strategy should demonstrate your genuine interest and enthusiasm about working for that company. Aim to set yourself apart from the competition making it totally obvious that you should be hired rather than the other guy or gal.