Four drastic steps to take if you really need a job

On 1 November 2017 at 12:30

Getting a job is one of the most difficult things one can do. Of course, there are millions and millions of people out there who want the same thing, and with limited positions available, the available ones will always be difficult to get by. But they say desperate times call for desperate measures. If you want something to change in your life bad enough, you’ll do anything to make it happen.

As difficult as landing a job may seem, you can get lucky if you adopt the following steps.

Send part of your resumè

Find a company you intend to work for. Write an impressive cover letter, telling them why they should give you a chance, and pointing them to check out your resume. It’s better to not seal the envelope or add any resumè to the envelope. They might assume that the resumè fell off the envelope. Make sure you attach your number to the cover letter.

It is 90% certain that they will call you for an interview – if such a position needs filling. When you are finally called, sell yourself as much as you can.

Consider sending direct mails

Make use of the power of direct mails – I don’t mean Emails. Emails can be trashed with ease, but a direct mail has the power to be treated with respect. Locate up to 5 companies you wish to work for. Look for a contact in your network and ask them if they know anyone who works in any of the firms you listed out. If they give out the names, collect permission to forward your resume via email and always mention your contact in the cover letter.

Send email chain letters

Create a list of up to 20 companies you intend to work for and send an email to everyone you know, requesting to know if any of them knows someone who works in those firms. Ask them to contact you if they know someone so that you can ask for referrals. Finally, you can also ask them to forward the emails to 10 more people in their own contacts. Employed persons are to disregard this process as it can endanger your employment.

Call up a human resource department

This requires some gumption, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Pick up the phone, call up a human resource department. You can ask them what outside agency or third party or recruiting firm they use.

They will surely ask you why you want to know. Pitch your skills. Remind them that since they are not recruiting now that you are available, and who knows, maybe they can redirect you to another organization that may need your services.

Do not ignore the aforementioned. I know they may appear out of the ordinary, but like I said, sometimes, you need to do the unusual to get what you want. Good luck!