2. Offer a solution to whatever problem recruiters are facing
Don’t initially ask for what you want — provide value, then ask. Sometimes a recruiter is looking to fill a position that has nothing to do with your experience, but you may have a friend who is a specialist in that area. Send an email referring your friend and wish them a good day.
In the future, they might reach out to you if they are looking for whatever skill you can bring to the table. If not, at least you have a point of contact when the right position opens up.
3. Don’t take no for an answer
A Concordia grad and former career counsellor suggested I write to the marketing VP of every company I had contacted. Tell them you’re following up on a missed opportunity, after applying without success through their usual channels.
Then say something like, “You have the experience in the field I want a career in and, although it’s a lot to ask of a stranger with a busy schedule, I would appreciate if you could take 10 minutes to have a look at my resumé and offer advice on how to get my foot in the door.”
Then close by promising to pay it forward once you have an established career.
4. People are nicer than you think
Many people who reached out just wanted to give me advice because they related to my post. And sometimes the most unexpected person will reply to your message because they just want to help.
Send that email. Just because the chances of getting a response are small, that does not mean you shouldn’t try.
5. Don’t take just any advice
The amount of advice I got from people was appreciated but a lot contradicted each other.
For example, one person told me my resumé was formatted the wrong way, while another told me that it looked original and did not require any changes. One individual told me my website was too personal, while someone else said they liked how down-to-earth it was.
There were moments where I felt like people’s advice created more doubt than clarity. That’s when I realized that no advice necessarily applies to every person.
6. Show your worth
You can be the most qualified engineer or the most creative graphic designer around, but if nobody knows about you, it’s as if you never existed. That is why I now actively put myself out there if I want people to notice me — I have to show my worth. Otherwise, no one will ever know what I can offer.
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