The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.
Few (if any) truly great things were accomplished by people who stayed in their comfort zone.
Where is the ‘safety zone’ in a job search? It’s filling out online applications. You don’t have to talk to anyone or stick your neck out–you just type and send. It’s safe, but it’s dangerous. Why? Because it keeps you in hope that filling this out will get you an interview. The truth is that only a tiny number of online applications ever result in interviews. Think about how many applications you’ve filled out vs. how many interviews you’ve gotten from them. No interviews is a job search disaster.
What should you do instead? Stick your neck out. Tell everyone in your network that you are looking for a job, and more importantly, contact those hiring managers directly. Find out the email address of a hiring manager (the person who would be your boss, who can interview and hire you) at a company you want to work for, and send him or her a note (cover letter) along with your resume. This is how you get interviews.
One job seeker I know applied twice to the same company, for a job he was completely qualified to do. He didn’t get any response at all–not even a “Thanks, but no thanks.” He decided to contact the hiring manager for that job. Within days, he got an interview and a job offer. That hiring manager wasn’t even aware of this gentleman’s previous applications.
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