With this post, The Phone Lady is pleased to introduce you to Miriam Jobin. Miriam radiates energy, joy and abundant curiosity. Her entrepreneurial spirit is undeniable. She is currently delivering and revising our job search workshops.
You may not be on the search for a job, but the truth is … we’ve all been there at some point in our careers. Whether you’re fresh out of school, leaving a job, looking for something more, or maybe unexpectedly finding yourself out of work, there is an often neglected tool that can help you find your next – and perhaps even your dreamed of – job.
What is this neglected tool? How can it help you in your job search?
There are many opportunities out there. The question is … how do we find the right one?
Based on my recent experience, our first instinct is always to use a job search site, such as Indeed or Workopolis. We match positions to our resume, apply and … hope to hear back. However, according to the 2018 Sources of Hire Report, these sites account for less than 20% of hires.
So, how can we tap into the remaining 80% of job opportunities? We need to pick up the phone!
These five steps allow us to pick up the phone with confidence:
- Being aware of our wants versus our needs for our career
- Making a list of employers that have the position we desire
- Looking for open positions on company websites, often under “Work for us” or “Careers”
- Researching and getting to know others who work there (Sources for Hire cites 55% of hires come from referrals)
- Brushing up on our phone skills. Here are some great tips and resources (with more to come): http://thephonelady.com/the-four-factors-that-inspireconversation/
Are you currently using the phone as part of your job search? Share your experience in the comment section below. I’ll be sure to respond.