This is a tough time to be looking for a job. Many of my career success coaching clients are having difficulty getting interviews let alone landing a job. However, I heard a story not too long ago about a new MBA from NYU who got five job offers. He did it by creating unique resumes especially tailored to the job for which he was applying. This takes work, but in this fellow’s case, the hard work paid off.
Now get this. According to a study conducted at Carleton University in Ottawa, people are forming first impressions in as little as 1/20th of a second.
The second are the jobs that are discussed internally but have not been posted. Internal discussions have taken place but no formal advertising has occurred. An example would be where the CEO tells the CFO that “Maybe we need to beef up our sales organization”, but no firm decisions are made. Similarly, the third category is when there is a problem waiting for a solution but no position has been identified. In these last 2 categories, an employer will hire someone if they find them, but they are not actively searching.
And that’s the crunch, the recruitment agency or top hospitality recruiters will be using a keyword search or CV comparison tool to look at your CV and those things have not got real intelligence! So the chances of you coming out of their search will be slim unless you are a close match.
So how do you tap into this market? The answer of course is networking, but most people do not really know what that means. Networking is more than just asking your friends and colleagues, “Do you know anyone who is hiring?”, and in this digital age, networking has become much easier and more effective. Here are some important steps for you to take.
Clever marketers are far more abundant than inspired leaders. As human nature takes hold, folks will reflexively do what they do best. What is the net effect? A lot of folks are good at signing you up, but then they have no earthly idea about how to provide you with any value. Some of them could not care less!
Restaurants are still hiring. There are many great positions currently available. Just put forth a little effort and you may have a new job title soon.