Post Date: March 13th, 2018

Frustrated by your job search? Try this instead.

A person I don’t know recently asked a question in an online group. He asked about different ideas or suggestions on how to find work. Here’s what I recommended:

Question

Hi, I am a Veteran (Naval Electronics Technician) from the Royal Canadian Navy. I specialized in internal and external communication systems and fluent in repairing electronics equipment and have had previous job experience servicing, sales and support of computer systems and wired/wireless networks.

I am currently looking for full-time employment, but having a hard time finding that type of postings on the normal channels (indeed, etc.)

Thought I would finally introduce myself and see if anyone had any good ideas/resources I could take advantage of.

Thank You

Answer

Hi [Name],

Thank you for your service.

I’m a career professional and military spouse. The advice I most often share with clients is to stop going to job boards and start researching companies instead.

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Rather than looking at openings (using job boards), look at companies in your local area (or if you’re thinking about relocating, research companies at the new location).

Come up with a list of 10-15 companies where you know you’d like to work.

Instead of waiting for the opening, pitch them on the idea of hiring you.

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Give them 3-5 reasons in a cover letter along with a resume. …even better if you can find a friend (or a friend of a friend) to introduce you to someone within the company.

Good luck. I hope you find what you’re looking for.

Maureen.

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