In the 20 Little Truths collaboration I did with my father, I stated that the way you get a job is by knowing the right people to get your foot in the door.
Believe it or not, we actually disagreed on this point.
This subject is an important topic of discussion and I’m happy to clear some things up in our very first “career” article.
Yes, I have a lot of insight in to this realm as well.
If you know anything about me or have been following my website, you know that I used to have a full-time career in the professional world.
I had a great job with a great salary. But I left that life to dedicate myself to growing Strength By Sonny.
If you know that, then you also know that getting a job was not easy for me. It was a very frustrating process.
In a way I can relate to many of you who get angry and frustrated with your lack of dating success. Maybe you’re angry at women. Maybe you’re angry at yourself. Maybe you’re angry at your parents.
I felt the exact same way towards the job market. I was angry all across the board.
I wanted to know how to get a job fast. Instead, I wasted months of my life essentially begging people to just give me a chance.
Learning how to get a job fast can be as easy as reading this article. You can read this article and be efficient with your time. Or you can do what I did and waste months with little to show for it.
This is one of those rare instances where my father and I do not see eye to eye on this issue. In fact, I have blatantly told him that he is 100% WRONG and that he does not know what he is talking about.
Watch the video where I explain:
He’s of the old school mentality that you can go around town knocking down doors and telling people you want a job. Just stick with it and APPLY APPLY APPLY. Eventually, you will get a job.
I will always admire his “put in a little elbow grease can do” attitude but he is wrong in this situation. This is not reality.
I know what reality is because I dealt with it every day during my job search 2 years ago. I knocked down doors and did everything I could to reach out to the right people. I applied to many jobs. I got rejected. However, most of the time, I just got ignored.
In this instance, my mentality is of the new school. You have to know the landscape of the job market. Watch the video where I explain in greater detail:
You have to know that over the years, the human/emotional element has largely been cut out of the hiring process.
The way things used to work was that you would fill out an application on paper. If not right then and there, someone would eventually get back to you and sit you down for an interview. Sometimes they hired you right on the spot. Sometimes they called you a few days later to let you know the good news. On the flip side, they would give you a courtesy call to let you know that they had decided to go with someone else. The point is everyone had a fair shot and was notified in a timely manner.
Today, everything is done online. Make an online profile for the company (really just a scammy way to capture e-mails and potentially try to sell you something). Fill out the application. Upload your resume. Submit. Thanks for applying! And then you never hear anything back.
If you’re stupid or just a slow learner (like I was), you’ll subject yourself to this tedious process for an extended period of time.
If you’re smart, you will realize the conditions of today’s job market. You will realize that because the human/emotional element has been cut out of the hiring process, your task is to do everything within your power bring the human/emotional element in to your job search.
You want to establish a relationship with the secretary/gate keeper. You want to get close with the hiring manager. Whoever has a say in that open position that you are gunning for… you want them in your corner. You want them to be on your side, wanting you to succeed.
Most importantly, if you are smart and truly want to know how to get a job fast, you will closely follow and implement the 5 strategies I have listed below:
1. Concrete Contacts = The Golden Ticket
Concrete contacts are your “connections.” They are the people you know that are either directly involved with the company that you want to gain employment with or know those people themselves.
For recent college graduates making the transition to young professional, these usually include the following:
– immediate family members (mom/dad/aunt/uncle…etc.)
– family friends
Concrete contacts are the Golden Ticket for 2 reasons:
1. They are close enough to you where they truly care about your well-being and success. They’re not just putting on a show. They know you well enough and have a history with you. They will do everything within their power to talk you up to the decision makers, put in you touch with those decision makers, get your resume on the desk of the decision makers, get you an interview, and ultimately, get you the job.
2. They bring the humanity back in to the hiring process and help you skip all of the bullshit. When you have a concrete contact in your corner, you don’t deal with the bullshit. Sure you might fill out an application, but it’s just a formality.
Your concrete contact will ensure that your candidacy is bumped up to the top of the list. Someone will carefully look over your application and resume. You will be interviewed in person. And more than likely, they will let you know right then and there that they are going to hire you. Again, it’s all a formality depending on how concrete your contact is.
For example, if your father owns the company, you are guaranteed a position.
3. Sometimes concrete contacts can inform you of open positions that are not listed anywhere else. Furthermore, if your concrete contacts have enough clout, they might even go so far as to create a special position just for you (I’ve seen it happen).
Concrete contacts are proof that the world is not fair. The sooner you realize that the better. This is what made me angry (resentful) for the longest time. In college, I would see all of these preppy rich kids who were hooked up for life. All they had to do was go to school, they already had a job waiting for them on the other side… either with daddy’s company or with a friend of daddy’s company.
It didn’t matter what they did. Got a DUI? Got caught cheating on a test? No problem! Daddy will just throw some money at the problem and everything will be okay. They will graduate from school and they already have a start date for their first job.
This was not the case for me since no one in my family had concrete contacts. In reality, I should have started professional networking early on to amass my own concrete contacts.
Bottom line, concrete contacts are king. You should know early on if you have them.
If you do, great. Have them do some of the dirty work by making phone calls and sending e-mails to the right people. Have them bridge that gap between you and the decision makers.
If you do not have them, then you must start aggressively networking as soon as possible to get them for yourself.
2. Hammer Your Alumni Network.
When it comes to learning how to get a job fast, your alumni network comes second to your family (if they are concrete contacts).
In a way, your alumni network is an extended family because there is an unwritten rule that graduates from the same alma mater seem to abide by.
“I will do anything I can to help.”
If you are a recent college graduate looking for a job, you must realize that alums (especially older ones) love to help. They have a connection to you because they were you. Like you, they were once young professionals fresh out of school looking to establish themselves.
Now they are established and they welcome any opportunity they get to help out someone who recently graduated from the same college or university.
It does not matter what the task is. Maybe you are still trying to get a job. Maybe you are interested in learning more about a particular field. Maybe you want to expand your network. Or maybe you simply want to talk to someone and get their advice. It does not matter.
In most instances, if you reach out to an alum, they will do everything they can to help regardless of your situation. Just send them an e-mail with a resume attached.
*** They know the game. They know that it’s harder than ever to get a job. No need to sugar coat it entirely. If you are looking for a job say that… Just be sure to grease the wheels a little bit.
MAJOR TIP: Become acquainted with your college or university’s career center. Many colleges and universities have a data base containing the contact information of previous students. It is usually organized by city. Some go so far as to organize it by industry as well. Just contact the career center and they will give you the login information to access this data base.
3. Hammer LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is not just for reaching out to contacts and building your network. It’s also a great place to get a job.
LinkedIn is great because you can search for jobs according to company, location, and industry. However, what truly separates LinkedIn from other job posting sites on the Internet is that in many instances, the job will include the profile and contact information of the person who posted it.
It will say something like: “This job was posted by”… and then you will see that person’s LinkedIn profile and their profile will often list their e-mail address.
As a hustler, you should apply to the job and then contact this person. Friend them. Send them a message. E-mail them. Do what you gotta do to reach out to them.
You don’t want to go all out saying that you want (need) this job. But make yourself known.
Let them know that you have recently applied and that you would love to talk with them more about the position. You just want to find out some information… that’s a good way to ease in to it. That person likely has some say in who gets the job. Just get some sort of contact with them. Doesn’t it make sense that you would want them to know that are doing everything you can to reach out to them because you are interested in the position?
4. Be specific on Indeed.
Indeed is a good website to look for jobs if you are going the “cold apply” route. It’s a good site because you can narrow down your search according to industry, location, starting salary, and much more.
Once in a blue moon, a job listing will include an e-mail or phone number to call to learn more. Thus, they at least give you a shot to humanize your job search.
Other than that, I would not recommend relying on Indeed as your go to resource for getting a job. You will waste a lot of time.
5. Everything Else is ehh…
“Everything else” is your basic cold applying. You don’t know anyone associated with the company. You have no in.
If your degree and experience has to with anything related to computer science or engineering, this isn’t necessarily a waste of time. In the United States especially, these are the high demand industries.
If not, then my advice is to not even waste your time. More likely than not, no one (an actual person) is going to look at what you have submitted and you will either get rejected or not hear anything back at all.
Cold applying might have worked in the 70s and 80s but it’s a waste of time now.
Concluding Thoughts on How to Get a Job Fast
Things aren’t the way they used to be. Talk to any older timer about their experiences of when they needed to know how to get a job fast. Compare that to your own experiences. Yea… times have changed.
The biggest difference is the absence of the human and emotional aspect in the hiring process. This favors companies and corporations because technology has made the hiring process that much more efficient.
However, this puts recent college graduates/aspiring young professionals at a great disadvantage because they no longer have the same opportunities to physically meet with decision makers in order to sell themselves.
Does that mean you should give up? Absolutely not. It means that you need to thoroughly understand the current professional landscape and adjust accordingly.
The big takeaway is that your primary goal should be to bring that human element in to your own job search. Cold applying usually leads to wasted time.
You need to figure out who the decision makers are regarding your desired position. Once you figure that out, you need to do everything you can to establish some sort of contact or connection with them.
That is the key when you want to know how to get a job fast.
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