I get a lot of questions these days from frustrated job seekers, who want to know how to get noticed by employers, how to network more effectively, etc.
After pouring over my email inbox for the last 30 days, I picked four commonly asked questions that really resonate for October 2003.
If you or someone you know is in the job market now, chances are one or more of these questions (and answers) will apply to you.
So here they are...
Question 1: "With so many other candidates sending in resumes these days, how can I get mine noticed?"
Answer: Itís always been important to focus your resume on results and use compelling language. Nowadays, itís more than important -- itís essential.
You can do two things today to improve your resume and your chances of getting noticed:
Question 2: "How can I find inside contacts in a company I want to work for when I don't know anyone who works there?"
Answer: Try to come at them from all angles.
For example, although you may not know anyone who works at Company X, you do know about 250 people, if youíre at all average.
And the 250 people you know, know 250 others. Thatís 62,500 people. Chances are, one of them is connected somehow to Company X.
If not, find out who the suppliers and customers of Company X are. Use your network to get an introduction at one of those firms. Then move back up the food chain and get an introduction at Company X.
As a final suggestion, the Vault Web site (www.vault.com) is a great networking resource you can use to meet people in companies nationwide.
Question 3: "What industries are doing well in this economy?"
Answer: To find out what the demand for certain jobs is, search for openings at the bigger sites, like www.hotjobs.com or www.collegerecruiter.com. Experiment using a variety of terms.
Examples: a search at www.monster.com for "registered nurse" pulled up 2082 openings nationwide, while a search for "art teacher" returned 71.
If you don't find a good number of openings, try new search terms. If pickings are still slim ... consider a career switch.
Question 4: "I've tried networking, but it didn't work."
Answer: Thatís like saying, "I tried skiing, but it didn't work. I kept falling down the mountain."
Sure you tried networking. But did you try doing it right?
Now, go out and make your own luck!