Well, the U.S. Labor Department dispatched its usual grim report yesterday about the economy shedding 467,000 jobs and the unemployment rate creeping up to 9.5 percent in June. That's why it's key for those of you who are unemployed to be strategic about your job search. On Monday, I interviewed local career coach Ford Myers in the Philadelphia Inquirer. He wrote a book titled Get the Job You Want When No One's Hiring. Myers talks alot about networking. What follows is one of his suggestions from parts of the interview that didn't make into the newspaper for space reasons.
Ford: Remember I said earlier that you don’t want to come across as a desperate job seeker, but instead you want to be a solution provider. So, let’s pretend that you’re at a networking meeting, and let’s say it’s a really good one. And things are really clicking and you feel a real connection and the person’s really engaged and listening to everything you say, and you see a connection. You can really sense that they have some issues or some needs or some problems back at their company that you are ideally positioned to contribute [to help them.]
So instead of just saying, “Okay, thanks, nice to meet you. Take care. Bye. I’ll call those friends that you told me about,” you say to the other person, “You know, I think I might have some ideas for you. You’ve been very generous to me. I’d like to give something back to you. Is it okay if I — when I get back to my office — write down some of the things that you’ve said here today and capture what some of your problems and needs and challenges seem to be? Then what I’d like to do — with your permission — is offer a couple of solutions that might be of value. Would that be all right?”