The Summer is done and now it's time for many to buckle down and get aggressive in the hunt for a job. Whether you are a college grad, unemployed, or currently employed yet seeking new career opportunities, you may be in the trenches looking for a new job. Aside from the traditional route of seeking employment I highly suggest you 'Get' these 6 important steps in order first. Following these guidelines will aid in you achieve great success which can lead to you landing your dream job!
- Get Mobile. Check around your local area and attend any type of FREE or low cost social events. This is a great way to meet individuals who may be able to give you referrals or leads.
- Get plugged in…to a Professional Organization. Attend their meetings and events to network with people in your industry. If you cannot afford membership, sign up for their free mailing list.
- Get your conversation in check. There is a difference between seeking leads and introductions vs. asking for a job. Avoid questions and statements that are too direct such as “Are you hiring”? or “Do you know of anyone who is hiring right now”? Such statements can be off-putting or embarrassing making the person feel put on the spot. Instead be subtle yet clear in what you desire. You can say something along the lines of “I’d love to exchange cards with you in the event you come across any referrals you might have for a job opening”. This way the person you are talking is not obligated to do anything other than accept your business card. Which brings me to my next point...
- Get business cards. Although you are unemployed people should still have a means of contacting you for leads and follow up. Just a simple card should suffice. Have some simple ones made with your name; profession and contact information (See the example below).
- Get Connected. Connect with some of your college mates or former coworkers. Make phone calls or send short messages to them through various social media platforms.
- Get Social. Use social media sites to your advantage. Look at what groups your friends belong to check and see if those groups have events you can attend. You may even be able to ask for an introduction to a potential employer or a valuable contact.
BUSINESS CARD SAMPLES