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The Insidious Part of Relying on Online Job ApplicationsBut focusing on online job applications as the main part of your job search can be insidious: You think you are accomplishing a great deal, but you really are not. You think you are taking action, but you are most likely spinning your wheels and not moving your employment search forward.
People often say they feel as if their online applications go into a black hole. Most applicants get no acknowledgment, no response, and certainly no phone call for a job interview. Perhaps you are feeling the same. Every time you hit SEND, you are transmitting your resume to a virtual trash bin. This method of job hunting is no different than in the past when job hunters would mail hundreds of resumes in the hopes of hitting the job jackpot.
How then, are you supposed to find a job? You have quite a bit going for you as an introvert or as a shy person. You can do well at the following parts of the job search because they take thinking, planning, and writing skills, at which many introverts excel. These aspects of job hunting are also proactive, which means you are taking action rather than passively applying for job after job with no plan or strategy.
Kick Your Job Hunt into Proactive ModeSo kick your employment search into proactive mode by doing the following:
- Get organized. Think about what you want to do for your next job, what your top skills are, what you can offer an employer, and how you can get the job you want. Jot down your ideas; consider making an outline or diagramming out your thoughts. Then create a schedule with proactive job search work you’ll do every day, such as reaching out to networking contacts, looking for suitable job openings and contacting employers before blindly sending resumes, and writing or calling employers you admire even if they aren’t advertising jobs.
- Create a superb resume and cover letter. Make sure your job search materials and correspondence brim with skills, accomplishments, and details on how you can best help employers fulfill their needs and grow. Write to your audience—the potential employer. Remember this is not about you; it’s about how you can solve employer problems and help them achieve goals.
- Do your research. Make a list of ideal employers, what they want, want they need, and how you can help them grow. Find this information in newspapers, company websites, social media, trade publications, blogs, and through online research. Perhaps you know someone who works for the organization and can provide firsthand insight.
- Do soft networking. Networking can be tough for shy and introverted job seekers. So if it’s difficult to call people you don’t know, try email and snail mail. Or perhaps someone can introduce you to an employer of interest so you aren’t making a cold call. Networking through LinkedIn and social networks can also be effective.
- Prove just one point in the job interview. When you meet with an employer, be sure to keep one point in mind. You must prove you can do the job, do it well, and do it better than anyone else the employer will interview. So focus on that point by giving example after example of how you will solve the employer’s problem. Preparation and rehearsal are key to job interview success.
- Follow up. Be sure to send thank-you notes and to follow up after interviews.