A few months ago, I met with a client named Rob who had lost his job through no fault of his own. Thanks once again to our NAFDA friends, the business he had worked many years for had decided to close its doors being unable to compete with overseas imports.
Rob was motivated and presented himself well and I thought that he should be able to secure employment in a relatively short period of time. My observation proved to be right. His story is a good example of what can be accomplished not only in Woodland, Maine, but anywhere. By following the advice of career professionals, developing a solid job search plan and investing up to 6 hours or more each day to his job search, he was successful in securing employment within a growth industry and with the employer of his choice!
The following is Roberts 10 step method:
- Visit a Career Center to seek help and to see about signing up for unemployment benefits (either by Internet or by toll free number).
- Complete paperwork for the Workforce Investment Act (WeeAyah), a program to assist folks with career counseling, assistance with resume creation, and to develop a job search action plan.
- Assigned a job coach, who told me how to go about introducing myself to companies that I saw myself working for.
- I was told that I needed a resume and a cover letter of introduction. I was handed a booklet to take home, and told to fill in the blanks and, when finished, bring it back and someone would help me make a resume from it.
- I called companies that I wanted to work for to see if they were aware of any job openings that may not have been currently advertised in the newspapers. I also contacted managers, in case they knew of an opening in their departments that the higher-ups were not aware of. Hey, it happens!
- My wife and I used the Internet to research companies and made some phone calls to learn the names of those who actually did the hiring, and made sure to address all the cover letters and resumes to them by name.
- I worked very hard at finding a job. I was told that job searching woudl be a full-time job, and they were right. I spent about six hours each day, and sometimes more, job searching.
- I knew where I wanted to work, and I applied there to probably over a dozen positions they had posted on-line. I kept looking, kept applying, and never gave up! I applied at many other places as well.
- During interviews, I paid special attention to who was interviewing me, being careful to remember their names. I listened closely and answered all their questions.
- When they asked me if I had any questions, I said, "I know that hiring someone based on a short interview must be difficult, but if given a chance, I assure you that I will not let you down." It must have worked because they offered me the job, and I was off to the races.
* If you have a sold job search action plan and stick to it, your chances of being successful will be greatly improved. ~ Mac