By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog
|Today's job search seems void of people.|
- Make phone calls. Use the phone to touch base with networking contacts, follow up on job applications, and ask employers for a meeting--even if no job opening exists. Preparing and practicing what you want to say may make the calls a bit easier. If phone calls are extremely painful for you, send emails, which may or may not be as effective.
- Attend business events. At local business events, you may learn about growing companies, meet people who are hiring, and gain current information about your field. To make business events less daunting, focus on meeting just one or two new people—perhaps someone you’ve researched ahead of time. Break the ice by asking a question about the person’s company or giving him or her a compliment.
- Go on informational interviews. Ask professionals who work in a target job or a company if you can meet to learn about their careers. Preparation and research will make informational interviews less frightening.
- Knock on doors. This old-fashioned job search technique still works, especially in smaller companies. Although you will get rejected (expect it), you may also get interviewed on the spot. Have a short speech ready about your background and skills, and promise yourself to make just one or two contacts as you head out the door. Be sure to look and sound professional for an extra boost of confidence.
- Find a mentor. Ask a colleague you admire for ongoing advice about your career path. To make this easier, choose someone with whom you are comfortable.
- Connect through social media. Join and get active on LinkedIn and Twitter to connect with people in your field, learn about job openings, keep up with trends, and share your knowledge.
- Talk to everyone. You never know when someone will connect you to a job. If you can’t bring yourself to talk to everyone, try to talk to at least one or two different people a day.