Guerrilla, it’s Christmas time - defy conventional wisdom and intensify your efforts because:
- Hiring managers are preparing their staffing plans for 2006 right now;
- It's easier to book appointments and get in to see people as December is generally a slower time for all businesses except retail; and
- People like doing
upbeat activities during the holidays and interviewing and hiring is one of
If you’re looking for a job, you’ve probably realized that typical tactics—like cold calling and bombarding companies with resumes—don’t work well in today’s intensely selective and competitive job market, so how about:
- Dressing up like Santa - drop off gift boxed CDs with your resume and a video interview on it – it worked for Donald Trump’s Apprentice.
- Office Parties – : Not your company’s silly the party the company[s] you WANT to work for. Mix – mingle – network. Dress as a waiter if you have to. Work as a waiter and get paid to boot !
- Christmas parties - the ones in your neighborhood. I guarantee you 90 percent of the guests know of openings. Ask your host to introduce you to the most connected people in the room. Then ply them full of liquor and work them for leads. No seriously, ask them what’s hot in their industry and who is hiring. Which are the up-and coming companies? If you get a lead, ask whether the person can arrange an introduction for you.
Christmas parties are great because people want to be seen as compassionate during the holidays. People love to help others; it makes them feel good. If you haven’t been invited, then crash a few (appropriately attired, of course). Think Dustin Hoffman [Tootsie] because you're an American classic too!