Archive: July, 2009
We've been doing a lot of talk about networking and super-charged job hunting techniques. But how do you find a job if you are a blue collar person -- not in the upper ranks? That's the question that reader Jean Haskell asked in an email. She makes her point in the context of the work of Ford Myers, the local career coach and author of the recently-released "Get the Job You Want Even When No One's Looking." I interviewed him in the Philadelphia Inquirer and have been blogging about his work lately. Rather than paraphrase her point of view, I'll just copy and paste her email and hope that someone will have a suggestion. Meantime, I'll try to squeeze in some digging on my own to answer her question.
Here's Jean's email:
I enjoyed your article on Ford Myers, whom I know, and for
whom I have great respect and admiration for the work that
However, the information about how to find a job, while
excellent, is limited, and applies only to well-educated people
seeking relatively high paying white collar jobs.
What about the people who are seeking lower paying blue
collar jobs? Is there a career counselor who can give them
some assistance? They certainly need it.
There's one more tip I liked from my Philadelphia Inquirer interview last week with Ford Myers, a local career coach who wrote a book titled Get the Job You Want Even When No One's Hiring. I'll copy and paste it from my interview notes. This is material that didn't get into the paper for space reasons. What he's talking about here is a letter to be sent to a job that seems really perfect for you. You now are trying to distinguish yourself from hundreds of other candidates.
(By the way, please excuse any typeface weirdness.)
Ford: I call it the “Perfect Match Letter.” Because what you’re doing is — let’s say you see a job posting on the Internet. You know and I know that they’re going to get a thousand applicants. And the typical cover letter says, “Dear Sir or Madam, I saw your ad. It looks really interesting. Here’s my resume. Please call me.”
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.]
With the unemployment rate at 9.5 percent and the nation's payrolls shedding 467,000 jobs, according to today's report by the U.S. Labor Department, it's no wonder that panicked job seekers may decide to turn to a career coach. Whether that's a good idea depends on the coach, your wallet and whether you can conduct your job search on your own.
I've been writing about Ford Myers, the local career coach who wrote a book titled Get the Job You Want Even When No One's Hiring. Recently I received an email from Mitch Ehrlich, who hired Myers, but was not satisfied with his work. I'll print the email, provide Myers' response and add my own observation.
Dear Ms. Von Bergen:
When it comes to looking for a job, there's a lot of unavoidable grunt work involved. One of the first and most important elements is to compile your contact list, if you haven't already, said Ford Myers, author of "Get the Job You Want Even When No One's Hiring." If your list is in scattered places like mine is, then it can be a ridiculous, albeit necessary grunt job.
I interviewed Ford in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Click here to read it. I'm now adding more of the interview -- focusing on contacts. Contacts are key because networking is key and obviously, you can't network without contacts. (Please excuse any typeface weirdness.)
Jane: You mentioned in your book making a tremendously long list of contacts. Should you include the people you network with in this list?