Note: This material has been extracted from Getting THE Call: Executive Coach Reveals Job Searching SECRETS Employer’s Don’t Want You to Know.
Why aren’t you getting the Job Interviews you deserve?
This article will focus on why you’re not getting the Job Interviews you deserve.
Here’s what I’ve learned from being an executive Career Coach for more than 20 years about how to get job interviews.
Send Emerging Opportunity Letters:
Emerging opportunities happen all the time. Look for opportunities in the business section of the local newspaper. Look for announcements of promotions or new people being announced to lead certain departments or divisions. Write these people an Emerging Opportunity letter and follow-up to see what you can do to help them.
Sample Emerging Opportunity Letter (no resume attached):
I noticed the announcement of your promotion in the Business Section of the Kansas City Star Newspaper this past Sunday as the new Chief Operations Officer for Sprint. Congratulations!
I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself. Much of my background has been directly related to Operations within the Telecom industry. A few of my achievements include;
- Quadrupled revenue, as VP of Operations, from $5 Million to $20 Million in 18 months
- Directed strategy, as Director of Operations, that increased profits by $10 Million, annually
I will contact you soon to discuss what I can do to add value to your team.
Format your resume for email:
When emailing a resume, you have two options; either insert the resume in the body of the email or send it as an attachment. Review the job posting carefully to see if there is a preferred method. Formatting is also crucial. Plain text (.txt) files are a safe bet, but Microsoft Word documents (.doc) and PDFs (.pdf) are often accepted and allow you greater control over layout and design.
If you send a resume as an attachment, save it first as MS Word 97 – 2003 formatted document (.doc). This way anyone can open your resume. If you send it in MS Word 2010, only people that have Windows 7 (.docx) can open the file.
Contact College Classmates and Alumni:
Sample email (or letter) to classmates and fellow alumni:
I need your help! I’m a graduate of the Class of XXXX, and I’m seeking the following position;
(List titles, function, industry, compensation, and location you’re your Focus Statement).
If you know of anyone who could use my skills, please provide my resume to that person.
Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to provide. I’ve attached my resume for your review.
Ensure to follow-up to these emails/letters (especially if you know the person). Also, ask your Alma Mater for their help in finding a new position (most have a Career Placement Office to assist their graduates to find work), and a list of all graduates who live in the geographic area where you intend to work.
I challenge you to share this information with others because the only way to truly own knowledge is to give it away – one of life’s great paradoxes.
Doing all you can to get the job interviews you deserve is far better than sitting home, just answer job ads, and waiting for your phone to ring. Think about it!
In my next post, I’ll continue to focus on the 19+ Proven Ways of Finding a New Job in 90-Days or Less. Prepare to be surprised. Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you need more help, learn more HERE.