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.