Snag a Job – Ideas for Teens and Adults

IMG_3310 (300x200)The idea I am sharing today may change your view of the job search process and will hopefully help you to snag a job. Better yet, snag a job that is a good fit for you!

The term “snag a job” gives the idea that there is little hope, and that you need to just try for anything that comes along. There is a better way and it just requires shifting our focus from jobs that are being advertised to jobs that are NOT being advertised.

Here is a great example. A couple of months ago I was working with a client that really wanted to go into the construction trades. We put a plan together and crafted a resume that highlighted skills and experience in this area. We then identified some businesses to target.  The plan was to meet the owners or managers and submit a resume whether they were advertising for a position or not. A few weeks later I learned that this client had taken a factory position with a local company. I was a little surprised, but perhaps he had a change of heart. That is not where the story ends however. Just this week, one of the construction businesses we were going to target contacted me to see if I knew anyone looking for a job. They have tons of work and are losing an employee that is leaving for college. Now this may not be the missed opportunity that it appears, but it illustrates how it’s possible to find work in areas where other people are not looking.

So here is a step by step approach:

  1. Pick a Path – What kind of job track do you want to follow? Is this about pursuing a passion, or do you just need to find work to pay the bills? These are both valid options, but sometimes they can be combined. It is not always a choice between the two, and how cool would it be for you to snag a job that you love that also pays the bills!
  2. Identify your Skills and Experience – You need to identify your highest areas of competence and make sure to highlight these in your resume. Don’t just list the dates and places you worked. It is often not very helpful. More importantly try to communicate who you are and what you are good at with your resume.
  3. Create a Target List – This would be a list of potential companies for whom you would like to work, or where your skill and experience could be best put to use.  Again, the one big hurdle that people must overcome is that you are not targeting companies that are advertising! A good friend of mine walked into the office of a local auto parts distribution center just to find out what they were all about. He asked for a tour, was hired and because of his great personal skills was hired in the warehouse. In less than a year he was working in customer service and in matter of months became the human resources manager. He later went on to be the HR Director of a large cable company in our state.
  4. Send your Resume to a Person – Get the name of the manager of your desired department, or get the name of the owner/general manager of the company. Send your resume directly to that person. This is important. Often in a large bureaucratic system, the personnel manager will not have time to review your information. You want to get your information to a decision maker. They are closer to the immediate needs of the company and can make things happen.
  5. Follow up with a Phone Call – Rarely does this happen, but it is a critical step. This shows interest and engagement and will likely be the thing that helps you. Don’t neglect this! I know someone who recently applied to a position and just assumed after a week or two that someone else had been hired. What really happened is that the hiring process was very slow, as it is in many companies, and they hadn’t gotten around to picking a candidate. A follow up call or two can help keep you at the top of a hiring person’s mind. That is right where you need to be! The next step you take may be preparing for an interview!

So do you need to snag a job? Try this process. It is much more intentional than actual “snagging”. You actually have a very good chance of getting a great job that could turn into an awesome career! Let me know how you are doing. I would love to interact with you!

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!