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How to Get a Job – Pounding the Pavement

Friday, 24 January 2014

Today on Lets Get Working, I’d like to talk about getting out there, meeting people asking them questions, doing some volunteer work and ringing up to follow if there are any jobs going.

1. Informational interviews – you can ask to meet with a professional to find out information about that particular area of work.

  • This meeting is not to hit them up for a job, but if they offer you one – go for it.
  • Have lots of questions ready like – what does a day look like? What are the kinds of tasks in that job? What skills do you need?

    2. Networking – it’s not what you know, but, who you know.

  • Ask family and friends if they know of any jobs going where they work
  • Keep working on your friendships with people – the stronger the link, the more they want to help you.

    3. Volunteering – go volunteer for an organisation you are interested in.

  • You will learn new skills
  • Employers will know you are serious about work and you take initiative
  • A volunteer job may turn into a paid job.

    4. Cold Calling – ring organisations, ask for the Human Resource (HR) person’s name.

  • Speak to the HR manager and ask if there is a job going.
  • Visit the organisation in person, ask to speak to the HR person, chat with them and give them a copy of your resume. – meeting you in person may prompt the HR person to remember you and hire you when a position becomes available.

    Until next time,
    Enjoy the journey!
    Martha!



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