The tried and tested methods of getting employed have been used for decades, but the problem is that everyone is using them. Want to stick out from among the crowd? Then try these unconventional ways to get a job.
1. Create a resume that really stands out - If you have a resume that isn’t overly impressive perhaps you should design it in an impressive way. Just look up “awesome resumes” in Google images and you will get a sense of what I am talking about. Now a lot of these resumes are for graphic designers, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t tailor a template to look slightly more professional. If you have InDesign, use it. If not, find or hire someone who knows a bit about graphic design to help you out.
2. Cold Calling - I can hear the shuddering as I type the phrase, but cold calling can work. In a world in which everything is done through email and text based communication, phone calls can make you stand out from the crowd. It always shows your potential employer that you are sincere about looking for employment. It also gives you the chance to show off your fantastic telephone etiquette. So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and start dialing numbers. You are probably going to bomb during the first few calls, but after a while you will get the hang of it. Write a script if you have to, but just make sure you do it.
3. Ask to hand in your resume personally - With this approach, you find a job online, look for a phone number to call and ask who ever you end up speaking with, if it would be okay to come by and hand in your resume and talk about the job. This technique jumps the gun on the person who is hiring, and let’s them know that you are dead serious about the job.
4. Network - Believe it or not, this is the way that most people get jobs. I think it’s safe to assume that you have a network of friends and family that might be of help to you in gaining employment. But don’t just think of your closest friends and families – what about that weird uncle you never really kept in touch with? Your cousins who live further out in the suburbs? Make the call and ask them – what have you got to lose? If you are part of social media pages/groups post around asking if anyone knows of any job openings. Post a status on your wall! The internet has made it so much easier to contact people – think about the ways you can harness it’s full potential.
5. Go store to store asking if there are job openings – Okay, this is perhaps the most demeaning and soul crushing method of finding employment. In the past you have probably bitten the bullet, and stumbled into store after store, and after each rejection you feel like something is continuously dying inside of you. You need to change your approach and your mindset to do this method effectively. Drink a can of red bull, blast music and get yourself totally psyched up. Before you walk into a store, try to think of something so you will have a huge grimace on your face. Ask about jobs and make small talk, thank them for their time and move on.
Well there you have it folks, five methods of gaining employment. They will challenge you and push you out of your comfort zone. But surely you will admit that they are more likely to lead to employment than submitting copies of your faceless, average resume to companies through employment websites.
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