One of the most common complaints I have heard from most job seekers is many of them think they can’t land a great job because they don’t have enough experience. They focus so much or get scared of some job descriptions.
So many have avoided going for the good or better jobs because of their “lack of experience” or “lack of certification” excuse.
Are you one of such job seekers?
The truth is, with the right job search tactics you can beat their job descriptions and “shortcut” your way to a perfect job – even if you’re not so qualified for the job. And it’s one of the many job search tactics I teach my students in my Job Search Blueprint course. I have used the tactics in the past and know exactly how exactly it works. Some of my students are also currently using it and I will be sharing their success stories once it becomes available.
Here’s a summary of how it works…
First, have a focused plan. Select some companies that you are interested in. Find out the ones that are currently hiring and the ones that are looking forward to hiring for roles you like. Do not bother much whether you would meet their job requirements or not. Now, get in touch with some persons in each of those companies. For those companies that are not hiring, try and find out the roles that each of them is looking forward to hiring and plan ahead if you’re interested in any of the roles. For those ones that are currently hiring, if there’s a role you’re interested in, move on the second step.
Second, do you research to know what is required for the role. Remember, I said you should get in touch with some persons in each of those companies in the first step. Now try and find out from each and every one of them what specifically the company would be looking for in that particular role you’re interested in. You need to know exactly what you’d be doing day-to-day in that role as this would help you in the pre-interview project phase. You need to be able to “recreate” the job you’re applying for on your own and there are ways to do that. (If you want to know the many ways, enrol for my main course.) This would also help you discover where you might be lacking for the job.
Third, organise and execute your pre-interview project. This is where you will separate yourself and stay ahead of other candidate fighting for that same role in each of the company. Remember, you’ve already done the planning in the second stage by knowing what exactly is required for the role. What you need to do now is to organise your resources and start executing your pre-interview project. You should calculate the amount of days you would have before the main interview. And by DOING your pre-interview project or task ahead of time, you are indirectly letting the company know that you’re creative, proactive and fit for the job. While other candidates are busy photocopying their documents and reading GMAT and interview books, you’re strategically doing something that’s required of that job and that would position you ahead of them. Some pre-interview project could take you just a few days to plan, organise and execute and with little or no budget.
Fourth, showcase your pre-interview project. This also depends on if your project was a virtual (soft) or physical (hard) one or a combination of both. Now, if you finished your project ahead of time, forward it (do not include your resume) to the director of the department you’re applying for. I did not say to the HR department because you have no business with them for now. I said to the director or head of the particular department (HOD) you’re applying for. If it’s a small company where the owner is in charge of the department, forward it to him or her. I have designed some very nice fill-in-the-blank email templates that you can use in explaining or forwarding your pre-interview project to the HOD. (The template is only available to the students of my main course.) For some companies you would need to forward your project after you have secured an interview. That is, those companies that organise screening examination before the main interview.
If the HOD does not accept your project, find out why and do it again and again. Once the HOD accepts your pre-interview project things would be easier for you at the HR department. The company might still conduct their interviews with the other candidates to make things look formal but they already know who they would choose. And it’s the person whose pre-interview project has been accepted by the HOD.
Some persons have used this strategy to get a good position even in companies that are not hiring. What the company did was to create a position for them after accepting their pre-interview project. Some have even used it to negotiate for higher salaries. That’s why I keep telling job seekers that the smart ones among them showcase their creativities and NOT their CVs or resumes. On the interview day, while other candidates are presenting their CVs, you’re not only presenting your CV but backing it up with your pre-interview project.
For some very large companies where the hiring process might be more strict, what you need to do is to also forward your pre-interview project to some persons in the HR department before the interview. (I have designed some fill-in-the-blank email templates that you could use for this too.) Do not attach your CV or resume except any member of the HR department requests for it after seeing your pre-interview project.
If you use this job search tactics very well, it would help you to figure out some of the objections that might come up during the interview process and then you would prepare ahead of time to counter them. I cover this process in a ton of detail in my course. Enrol now and join the league of SMART job seekers from around the world. I will also teach you other tactics and strategy that would make every hiring manager and recruiter notice you. I will also share with you practical examples of where this job search strategy has been used to a great success.
Remember, hiring managers get lots of applications for any and every single position, so they need some criteria to screen out the people who might not be ready for the job. That’s why some jobs need you to undergo a screening examination and some “require” more years of experience than you will ever need to actually do the job. As a career coach and job search strategist, I will show you how to beat their job descriptions and use a “shortcut” to land the perfect job.
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How do you see this job search strategy? Do you think you can use it in your own niche, industry or sector?
P.S. At the beginning part of this article you would notice I used the word “shortcut” but if you analyse this job search strategy critically, you would notice it’s more of leveraging on the power of networking, being creative and proactive enough to stay ahead of most candidates rather than a shortcut.
BONUS: If you enrol before the early bird offer expires, you will get my “Fill In The Blank” Pre-Interview Project Template, which has all the content and structure you need for a great email. You just need to literally fill in the blanks.