Recently, Thomas came to us recognizing he needed help in his job search. He wanted a senior-level Software Development position in Europe (he was currently located in the US) and really had no contacts there. He also realized that he had only about 10 hours a week to spend on his job search and most of that was after hours. After a month of two of trying to look on his own, with his limited time, he decided if he was ever going to achieve his goal, he needed help. Thomas partnered with us first through our résumé portfolio approach and then through our “concierge” job search solutions to help build his network in Europe.
Thanks to our large and responsive pipeline of connections, we were able to connect him to several “insiders” in companies he was targeting in his search.
After a few months of building relationships with these contacts, he was invited for an interview and was offered a position. Success!
Here is how Thomas described his experience:
“Instead of using up all my job search time just trying to find the right contacts, I spent that time responding to all those connections you made for me. I know I would not have found these contacts on my own.”
This is what partnership and “pipeline” building are all about.
Most of us professionals know that the most effective job search methodology today is still “networking”. But it takes a lot of time. Like Thomas, it is time you most likely don’t have. If you work 50-60 hours a week, you probably also want to have some work–life balance…catch your kid’s soccer game and get that project done around the house. This is understandable!
Time is our most precious commodity. And it is why we at ITtechExec will partner with you to be part of your job search “team.”
Just looking for a recruiter who will talk to you and tossing your résumé on a job board aren’t enough anymore. Maybe it worked in the 90s and early 2000s when you were last out in the job market, but in today’s global marketplace, “pounding the pavement” has taken on a whole new meaning.
You need someone on your side. Think of it this way: When you check into a hotel or are lugging your baggage through the terminal, isn’t it beneficial and good to have someone there willing to assist you in your “job” at hand? It’s not that you can’t do it yourself, it’s that it’s nice to know you don’t have to carry the burden alone.
As Thomas put it:
“I thought I knew how to look for a job. I mean, this was not my first ‘rodeo’. I’ve been out in the workplace for 25 years. But my life is different now, and the market is different. And although there are a lot of tools and information out there, you can spend all of your time just sifting through it. I’m glad I recognized I needed help. This wasn’t a quick-fix solution. It still took time to find the right fit, but now I had a ‘team’ behind me, and my time was much better spent!”
So how is your pipeline?
If you know you need to build a better pipeline of connections, let us save you the legwork. We will get you in touch with the “insiders” within your target companies and provide you with some other employers you may not have considered. Networking within the current workforce of these target companies is a great way to get an employee referral and learn the culture, issues, and opportunities within the company. You can leverage your “insiders” to know about positions before they are published, and if you uncover an opportunity you are interested in, you can learn more by asking them directly.
Remember: It is not that you can’t, it’s that you don’t have to!
Sue Sacco is a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS) for ITtechExec who blends a unique background in managing both IT and telecom day-to-day operations with extensive hiring and recruitment experience for small/mid-sized organizations as well as for a prominent Fortune 1000 company. She is also a Career Thought Leader Associate.
Sue has been up close and personal with HR and has had to wade through layoffs, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. (That means she’s a veteran of the job market zoo and has been so deep in corporate goo that nothing surprises her anymore!)
To schedule a time to speak with Sue and learn more about her “concierge” job search solutions, click on the calendar below: