'Ha!' you say, 'It may be easy for you, but it sure hasn't been easy for me!' We've heard that song before. Many of our clients come to us just because they've been looking and looking and looking and not coming up with an interview much less a job offer. So we know how you feel, because they felt the same way, but they soon found that with a little help they were getting interviews and job offers aplenty.
The job market couldn't be hotter. Only 4.7% unemployed, oh big deal, it went up to 4.9% today, should we say the sky is falling? By the way, the 4 point something figure, which is the lowest in ten years, is terribly misleading. It is actually about 2.7% at the very most. You know how the Government likes to exaggerate the bad news so they can get more money out of Congress to take care of it.
Companies are begging for people of all kinds, not only hamburger flippers. What you see in the paper is only the tip of the iceberg. 80% of the jobs are never advertised. The companies can't afford to do it. A Sunday ad for an Administrative Assistant could run over a thousand dollars and one for a Salesman or Accountant could cost $5,000. They advertise the ones that are tough to fill and use a dozen other ways to find the people they need. Wouldn't you like to know some of those ways so you could get in on the gravy train?
'Why can't I get a job?
Why can't I even get an interview?
Why can't I even find a job to apply for?'
Good questions to which we have good answers. One reason might be your resume. One client was let go after 20 years with his company. They kindly hired an outplacement service to help him and the others they had RIF'd. The service helped him write a three page resume and for almost four months he sent it out without one interview being offered. We rewrote the resume into a one page, hard hitting, door opening, interview getting one, had him send it to all the same places and voila, in two weeks he had plenty of interviews and three job offers.
Another client got interviews but no offers of employment. She hadn't been interviewed in fifteen years. Didn't have the foggiest idea of how to be interviewed and how to interview the company. Once she was trained in the right way to do it, guess what, she got the right job.
Did you know that 3.5 to 4 million people get a new job or a first job every month. An article in Prevention Magazine quoted a study that said, "The people who sent the most resumes and made the most calls got the most interviews and got the job," I wasn't impressed. I didn't have to do a study to know that the hinge that squeaks gets the oil.
"But all the companies I go to say they want people with experience," you cry. I have news for you in case you didn't know it... there are 140 million people working in this great country and every single one of them started out without experience. Think about it. My favorite story is about a lady in Texas whose husband ran off and left her with five kids to raise all by herself. She had no work experience and she too was having a hard time getting a job. So she took a night job at, you guessed it, McDonalds. Soon she became the night manager, then the day manager and finally they asked her to take over a store that was failing (yep, happens even at the big M), she did and was able to work out a deal to buy it. Today she owns, yes, I said owns, 26 of them and the whole family including the spouses of her kids works in the business.
Like to tell you about how companies get people... so you can place yourself in their way... but that's for another TIP from Bob Snelling.