Joe sent a nice update email the other day describing his job search status.
It was chatty and informative. His last gig did not work out the way he hoped so he is in the market again.
Unfortunately, [that company] wasn’t a good fit for me. I have been networking over the past few months and met with many great, helpful people. My network is continuing to expand. I continue to evaluate opportunities, but haven’t found the right one yet.
My career search is focused on a Human Resources Manager or Operations Manager position within a small business of $5M to $100M in revenue with 50 to 200 employees.
I appreciate any help and support in my job search. Feel free to contact me if you would like to get together for a chat or if I can help you in anyway.
This is a nice note. I really applaud Joe’s efforts to stay in touch. He has a very specific job in mind and he is utilizing his network to find leads.
However, he leaves the next step to me. What if the reader does not help? Then Joe’s nice note does not forward his cause.
I wonder if there is not another way Joe can focus his job search in addition to this kind of outreach?
Joe has a very specific job objective in a very specific size of company in a very specific geography. Although it seems counterintuitive, Joe has the right idea. Being very specific HELPS his job search.
These very specific requirements become the parameters for a search! He can search within his geography for companies that are $5M to $100M in revenue with 50 to 200 employees. There is a limited number of these companies, enough to make a great pool for his job search.
Here are 5 steps to this kind of proactive job search:
- Create the list of possibilities.
- Research those companies to prioritize in order of best fit for you – interesting products or initiatives, culture that seems to be a good match.
- Use LinkedIn to find people who work at those companies who sound interesting.
- Reach out to connect with those people.
- Start a conversation via LinkedIn email about something in that company – a product, an initiative, a problem you know they probably have, a question that can start a conversation. After a few exchanges, you can ask for coffee meeting then VOILA you have expanded your network to people who can help you in your target market!
This kind of search is more sophisticated, requires more planning and research, and definitely more patience. But with this kind of search you take your networking into your own hands with more control over your future!