If you’ve been struggling to find work this year, you’ve got company.
While the pace of job losses slowed last month, with payrolls declining by 11,000 positions in November 2009, the length of the average job search actually surged, to 28.5 weeks of average unemployment — the worst in more than 10 years.
So, times continue to be tough.
And times may stay tough, if you’re laboring under two of the most common and costly misconceptions that plague most job seekers.
On the heels of President Obama’s Jobs Summit, one Twin Cities business is teaming with The Salvation Army to put Minnesota back to work this holiday season.
“The average job search now lasts 28.5 weeks — the longest in more than 10 years — according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s dire news for anyone looking for work,” says Kevin Donlin, Co-Director of Guerrilla Job Search International, with offices in Edina.
Donlin, along with the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel, is sponsoring a job-search seminar on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 6:30 pm, called: “Guerrilla Job Search Secrets Revealed,” with 100% of ticket sales to benefit The Salvation Army. A donation of $5 or more is requested at www.PutMinnesotaBackToWork.com.
Now, for the first time, you can watch and learn the 4-part phone script you can use to call the most-connected person you know — the one person who seems to know everybody else in your town or industry.
When you do this, you can expect to get at least one hot job lead within 5 minutes of calling.
Here’s the phone script:
1. “Hi! I’m at a training session and they told me to call the most-connected person I know. That’s you!”
(Many folks hesitate to make networking calls because they don’t know how to start the conversation. So, use me as your excuse — say that somebody else told you to call.)
2. “I’m looking for a position as a JOB TITLE at a company like COMPANY #1, COMPANY #2, or COMPANY #3.”
(You have to think first, about what JOB you want and at least 3 COMPANIES you want to work for.)
3. “Who would you call if you were in my shoes?”
(You’re asking the most-connected person you know to think as if they were in your shoes. This produces results. Rapidly.)
4. “Could I have their name and number? Thank you!”
(Write it down. Hang up. Call that new person and drop your well-connected friend’s name.)
Want proof this works?
Meet Ellen, from suburban Minneapolis. She got a job lead in 2 minutes 17 seconds following the script …
And don’t forget Greg, from Fargo. He got a job lead in less than 5 minutes using the same script.
Want more tips like these? The same Guerrilla Job Search tactics that helped one man land a 6-figure job in 8 days? And 3 other people find jobs in 7 weeks — less than 1/3 the national average of 26.9 weeks — in Detroit?