How To Turn Black Holes Into Wormholes When Appling For Jobs in Cyberspace
Updated: Feb 14, 2019
It used to be an easy thing to do. Simply, write, print and mail your résumé and cover letters along with self-addressed envelopes on high-quality paper to potential employers. Selecting the highest quality 8.5 by 11-inch size paper that you could afford to buy was deemed directly related to achieving your dream job offers. Even the color of the paper played a role in your chances to get the right job. Cream, pale yellow and light gray (never white) colors with fine linen textures were popular résumé paper choices for most job seekers in the 1980’s. The ink was always black, the font choice was traditional and set to 12 points with margins set from 1.5 to 2.5 inches to overcome the fear of having the dreaded white spaces in your cover letters and résumé. After the hard work was all behind you, the long-awaited company letters started piling up in your mailbox with offers for interviews and sometimes, the desired career position itself.
Nowadays, it is no easy task to apply for jobs because companies don’t send snail mail job offer letters anymore and job opening web pages are full of black holes. Months and months of job-hunting experiences have shown me how to turn these undesirable black holes into desirable wormholes that can lead you to finding more career job opportunities in cyberspace by asking yourself three very important questions.
1. Using my best skill sets, what job opportunities are available which gives me the
best chances of being hired?
2. What makes me a unique candidate for these desired job-positions?
3. Who are the people in my social network that can help connect me to start
conversations with prospective employers?
No one hires on the basis of skill sets or what you have in your wheelhouse alone. Developing a conversation with your potential employer to establish credibility and chemistry will go a long way in securing your next steps in the hiring process. If you are lucky enough to get to a phone interview, make sure you have done your homework. Companies are very impressed if you have been on their websites, listened to their podcasts, watched their YouTube channel(s) and visited-liked their social media sites. Recently, I posted how excited I was to be interviewed on my Facebook page, which in turn gave me a step-up in the eyes of my prospective employer.
Another way I found to turn a black hole into a wormhole is through making LinkedIn and Facebook connections. It is easy to send a private message to people who you are connected to from your homepage. A short message about how you would like to work for their company and what advice, introductions and information they can help you with is worth the effort. If you can get a connection to make a direct referral to a prospective employer, your chances of being given serious consideration are much higher.
Just remember to turn a black hole into a wormhole is not easily done but if you do your homework, identify what makes you a unique candidate with the right chemistry, and get direct referrals to prospective employers then your chances of being hired are far greater than the average job seekers in today's economy.
All rights reserved 2019 @ robinwalkerdesigns.com
Blog Post Author: Robin Walker, Digital Media Professional for 10+ years, February 13, 2019, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.