The 5 best ways to look for a job (according to What Color is Your Parachute)
- Asking for job-leads from: family, friends, people in the community etc.
This method has a 33% success rate. Otherwise called ‘networking’ or ‘word of mouth’.
- Knocking on the door of any employer, factory or office that interests you, whether they are known to have a vacancy or not. 47% Success rate. Remember this doesn’t mean that on every second door you knock you’ll get a job. It means that about half of people who only use this method of job hunting succeed.
- Using the Yellow Pages to identify areas of interest and asking employers if they’re hiring for what you can do well. 69% Success rate.
- In a group with other job hunters using the Yellow Pages. 84% Success rate.
- Doing a life-changing job hunt. 86% Success rate. As to what this is you’re well advised to read chapters 6-10 of Parachute – or to read more on the ‘Guerrilla Job Search’ here at www.jobsearching.co.za
So what does this mean for you? It means that ‘alternative’ approaches, bold approaches are MUCH more effective. You’ll land a better job, faster if you take a knock on doors approach – if you enlist the help of friends and family and if you approach employers directly.
What is key here is this: If you clearly identify what you want, if you understand exactly how you are valuable to an employer (how you can make a difference), and if you’re willing to be bold an approach them directly – saying, in effect:
“Hey, I can help, I can make things faster for you, I can solve this problem that’s bugging you, I can help save money, etc” – then you stand a great chance of getting a job fast.
On how to do this – see the 8 steps in the Main Menu on this site (to the left of your screen.)