You can’t wait to hit “send” after filling out online applications ad nauseam.
To date, you have hit send 53 times.
You know you have because you are keeping track in your little green spiral notebook.
To date, you have heard from exactly no one.
Zero. Zilch. Zip. Nada. Nothing. No one.
Not one person has contacted you as a result of your replies to job postings.
Nothing is happening – nothing.
You don’t get it.
You don’t understand why no one replies to your “sends.”
You are frustrated.
You decide to take a break from the computer, the job search and the incessant focus on finding employment via a computer search.
You decide at the last minute to go to Ben’s holiday party across town to get away from all the madness (your word) of job search.
Why not go? You can always return to the computer – the computer doesn’t care what time it is. The computer doesn’t care if it is 3:00 A.M. and you can’t sleep.
The computer doesn’t care how many times you hit “send.”
You hop on the “L” headed to the party, hoping that the train stays on schedule.
Ben works for ABC Corporation – he’s a corporate trainer. Ben knows that after the first of the year, his department is going to be adding a new employee to the HR Department. The only other people who know of the upcoming hire are Ben’s boss and his four colleagues. You are Ben’s acquaintance; you’ve known him since high school and on occasion, you hang out, although he’s not your BFF.
At the holiday party, Ben introduces you to his boss, Katherine.
You and Katherine exchange pleasantries and discover that your sons both attend the same elementary school and have Mrs. Willie as their teacher.
Katherine inquires as to what you do for a living – you offer that you are “between jobs” and have a background in HR and a law degree from XYZ University.
Ben interrupts the conversation as he wants to “introduce you around” to some people.
Nice to meet you, Katherine.
Three days later, Katherine contacts you via email (Ben gave her your email address) wanting to know if you would be interested in interviewing for a newly created position that will be opening up after the first of the year.
You are shocked.
Overjoyed, in fact.
You grab your phone and enter the date on the calendar – followed by a mental note to self:
Do Not Mess This Up!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – you have an interview: 10:00 A.M.
And you didn’t find the job lead on the Internet.
Remember, the computer doesn’t care if you have a job or if you don’t have a job.
The computer doesn’t care if you are frustrated, tired, overwhelmed, struggling or stuck.
What the computer and its never-ending job search articles can teach you, however, is this old-school tip:
People hire people.
Yes! People hire people.
Jeb knows Ben. Ben knows Katherine. Katherine and Jeb know Mrs. Willie. Jeb now knows of Katherine.
Katherine and her team know about a job opening that does not yet exist online for the entire world to see.
Jeb has an interview thanks to Ben, then Katherine.
The job lead came about because you, Jeb, showed up at your buddy’s holiday party.
If you find yourself “between jobs”, who do you know?
Who is right in front of your nose?
If your “hit send” strategy isn’t working to your advantage, who do you know who knows somebody who knows somebody?
“Every problem has a solution. Sometimes it just takes a long time to find the solution -- even if it's right in front of your nose.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator