How Pam Got a Job in an Instant without even submitting her resume
Here it is short and sweet. Most of you wouldn't think that you could apply these same techniques to your job description but you are probably wrong and just need some creative adjustments in your thinking and awareness.
I recently hired Pam to do a little work for me. She got the job instantly. How did she get the job? It was actually very easy.
Did she send a resume? Nope.
Did I know her? Nope.
Did a friend refer her? Nope.
She simply downloaded an eBook I had written, edited the first page, sent it to me and created her own job!
Now I was no English major and I tend to write like I talk; not always the best format and certainly not proper. And of course, even though numerous people proof read the book, it still has typos and your basic grammatical errors. Frankly if you are one of those people so concerned about every little detail and never see the value of the content you are reading then you are missing out on a lot of what life has to offer.
Okay, back to the story.
Yes I hired her on the spot via email.
No resume, no references, no interview.
Her sample work was all of those and better! She answered all three questions every interviewer wants to know.
Do I like you?
Will you do the job?
Can you do the job?
But most people are not willing to show their work before getting paid. Essentially it is an on the job interview. And one that no one can dispute. I can actually hear your pessimism now. Pam has it easy, there are thousands of eBooks all over the Internet and most of them are probably written by layman (like myself). So how can this work for you if you are a more traditional worker? Well first of all, you have to give Pam credit. Yes there are thousands of eBooks on the Internet and there are also thousands of writers out of work. But she is the ONLY one who did what she did.
Here are a couple of interesting ways that you can be the ONLY one in your field getting work.
1) Package a project that you worked on in the past and send it via snail mail (package) to companies that you feel might get solid benefit from it. Stick with small companies who NEED help (like me) and have fewer resources (like me) and will really appreciate what you can bring to the table. Small businesses are the backbone of America but they just don't get the great press that big, public companies do. In down economies they are the only ones hiring.
2) Put together a simple coupon offering your services as a consultation for 1 hour including a free write up. You can have 100+ post cards printed up for about $25 or less at the local print shop. Canvas the small businesses around your home. Especially if you have an industrial park close by. There are probably hundreds of small businesses that you are not even aware of.
3) Do the same as #2 but offer strictly contract work. Did you know that contract work has exploded recently? Why? Because companies still have work that needs to be done but they are on a shoe string budget and can't make a long term commitment. But you get the opportunity to highlight your skills, make great connections and get referrals like crazy. So explain the benefits of what you can do for a company as a contractor on a postcard and include a link to your LinkedIn profile, an email address (get a free one from Gmail just for this) and a visible phone number. Heck why don't you throw in a testimonial (some people call those references) on the card as well?
4) And here's the best part. You now have the opportunity to follow up with companies that you send your cards or past projects to. It's your foot in the front door.
Good luck and have fun. You can meet some great people and get a leg up on your next career move.
Colin Daymude is Chief Employment Officer at The Job Genius and specializes in strategies that help people by-pass Human Resources and Recruiters to connect with jobs quickly. You can get more information at www.thejobgenius.com
Colin Daymude, Chief Employment Officer at The Job Genius specializes in teaching active job search strategies that dramatically reduce the time a candidate spends in the market. He does this by taking Human Resources and Recruiters out of the equation. Download the free e-book, Getting Past the Gatekeepers at www.thejobgenius.com
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