Get Bold in your Job Search

21 Mar

One of the great things about getting farther along in your job search, and reaching the “crossover point” (see previous post on this), is that you get a lot more bold. Maybe you’ll start writing publicly about your experiences with unemployment, or maybe you’ll make some cold calls for informational interviews, or maybe you’ll work your network to make more connections, or maybe you’ll pitch yourself to your dream companies, as my friend is about to do. 

I had coffee yesterday this bold friend who is also unemployed, as we do occasionally, to catch up, share strategies, and support each other.  My friend is really good at using her network to make connections at companies where she is interested in working, or where she has applied for a job. We all know that connections matter, and she has been very successful in getting interviews this way. But, yesterday she was discussing an opportunity that she is really excited about, but wasn’t able to find a connection to the hiring manager. So, we discussed making a cold call to the company to try to get some traction. This is something she may not have considered earlier in her job search, but why not take the risk. Now is the time to be bold!

In my case, I’ve decided to more aggressively pursue freelance writing opportunities in addition to continuing to look for a full-time job. This blog has reminded me how much I love writing, and reaching the “crossover point” has made me more fearless. What have I got to lose? Initially I was looking for freelance opportunities on Elance, but now that I am feeling more bold, I am going to pitch the websites and blogs who I really want to write for. Will there be rejection along the way? Yes, without question, and rejection isn’t easy, but eventually a door will open. Be bold!

I challenge you to get more bold in your job search, starting your own business, or pursuing freelance or contract opportunities. Maybe you’ll try a creative resume,  or maybe you’ll stop asking companies to hire you and create a  reverse job application website to have companies submit offers to you  (love this!). Or, maybe you’ll have a brilliant idea, as Alec Brownstein did, to create an ad for himself that popped up when advertising execs googled their own name.

What will you do to be more bold? Leave your ideas in the comments and share your experiences!

photo credit: Tooley via photopin cc

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2 Responses to “Get Bold in your Job Search”

  1. Razwana March 22, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    I totally agree that getting bold in your job search is far more productive than using the *traditional* job search method of sending your resume to a zillion job adverts.

    By contacting the websites/blog directly, you are taking the first step in connecting and creating a relationship – this is bold in itself. Keep going!

    – Razwana

    • Lisa M. March 27, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      Thank you Razwana. I appreciate all of your support!

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