Look for the Right COMPANY to Find the Right Job

When looking for a dream job, or a job that is a good fit, it is best to focus on finding the right company. All good companies need good people. When you keep this in mind, you realize that there are likely more opportunities out there than you find in the classified section of the newspaper.

If 70% of jobs never get posted, then the best opportunities never make it to your attention. If you are just searching the classified ads or the job boards online, you are only seeing 30% of what is out there.

So here are some good steps to take:

Be Sure You Know What You Want

It is important that you can clearly explain what you are looking for. If you don’t know, then you are at the mercy of those who DO know what THEY are looking for. If you don’t fit, then you won’t get the job. They aren’t being mean, they just have a clearly defined path to follow. If you don’t have a clue what to look for, get some advice, ask for feedback from trusted friends, and take a personality assessment. The best plan would be to take the personality assessment first and then get some feedback from friends as you review the results.

Look for Companies that Need What You Have.

This can be exciting. Instead of looking at posted jobs and saying, “I guess I could do that…”, why not put together a long list of companies that you know could use what you have to offer. This list could contain very large companies with lots of employees, but it could also have small growing companies that could be looking for their first Office Manager, or Plant Manager.

There is a really great tool to help you with this search, and the tool is free. Here is a quick tutorial on where to find it and how to use it.

Reach out to These Companies and Introduce Yourself

When you have identified a list of companies that need what you have to offer, reach out to their decision makers. Send a cover letter that lets them know you want to get to know them and what they offer. Follow up with a resume and then a phone call to ask for an opportunity to visit. It’s about building a relationship with an organization that you respect. This approach does the following things:

  • Shows you to be a serious career person that is looking for a great fit.
  • Demonstrates that you can be creative.
  • Singles you out as the only candidate under consideration.
  • Allows the company to sell themselves to you as a colleague.
  • Gives you an opportunity to impress them with your enthusiasm and professionalism.

All of these things are difficult to do as one of many applicants for a posted position. Look for the right company to find the right job. It’s the best way to find a great new career path!

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About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!