One client of mine, Cindy S. from Minnesota, just got hired at a huge Fortune 500 corporation. She persisted creatively in her search after others would have given up.
You can, too.
“I had applied to this company many times through a big Internet job site, but got no response,” said Cindy.
“Late one night, I saw a job posted on the company’s own Web site that was perfect. I applied online and the next day got a call from them! I don't think I had the experience for the job I applied for, but the recruiter was very nice in helping me find a position that would be a good fit.
“Coincidentally, I got a temp job at the same company, as an administrative assistant for a VP in the HR department. I wrote a thank-you letter to the recruiter and mentioned I was working on the 9th floor for 2 weeks, and that maybe we should meet. It turned out she worked on the same floor!
“Because I was already working there, I was able to interview with 3 different people on my lunch hours. And I got hired full-time!”
Action Step: When using the Internet, apply directly to your target company through their Web site. Send a thank-you letter to every person you speak with. Then, make your own luck by working hard to get an interview with decision makers. Even a temp job can lead to a permanent one, as it did in this case, if you make smart use of your contacts and network within that firm.
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