Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The first thing you should do is figure out what field you want to work in and what part of that field you want to be part of or have a passion for. This will determine who is the right person to contact. Then find five or six companies (2 –big, 2- medium, 2- small) to call and ask for their help/advice on how you can get into the field and improve.
Try to reach the HR Department or hiring manager. Don’t ask for a job because the person may not wish to speak to you. Asking what you need to learn to pursue a job in that field will calm the person down and he/she will be more willing to speak with you. Doing this may also lead to an interview. If not, at least you know what areas to focus on. Take their advice to heart and try to learn at least one aspect of what they suggest. That way, when you call back, you can tell them that you thank them for their helpful advice and that you did learn the skills discussed that they are looking for in the area they advised on. This may create a great impression on them.
HR and hiring managers deal with staff all day trying to get them to listen to what they want and need them to do, and you (someone who doesn’t even work for them) has gone out of their way and did as they asked. This makes a statement as to who you are as a person and worker and may lead to a possible interview.
For those of you who will be going to networking events, always have a business card handy (one with your information on it). When you take a business card from someone at the event, make sure to hand them yours. Networking is a great way to get your foot in the door!!