Have the job search methods laid out in What Color Is Your Parachute worked for you?
September 28, 2010 4:55 AM Subscribe
Have the job search methods laid out in What Color Is Your Parachute
worked for you?
posted by ursus_comiter to Work & Money (10 answers total) 55 users marked this as a favorite
After taking time off the job market at the end of 2008 to get a masters and make a career change, I'm currently trying to find a job in my new field of choice (archaeology) and not getting much traction, as I'm looking for entry level work, am somewhat older and competing for a small number of positions with a lot of experienced people who got laid off when the economy tanked. I've been able to get interviews in my old field without any trouble, BTW.
So far, I've just been targeting listed positions, while networking for all I'm worth and taking care to write really solid cover letters and a good CV. I've also been keeping my hand in via volunteer projects in the area, have joined the main professional association in my region and gotten other certifications that are often asked for in the field. So far, it hasn't amounted to any interviews.
So, now I'm now considering whether it may be helpful to start employing the strategy suggested from What Color Is Your Parachute - approaching organizations that I would like to work for directly and asking for informational meetings and hoping to find an opportunity that way. I'd love to hear about anyone's experience with taking this approach, especially if it involved a small and somewhat insular industry. The idea of doing this had always given me the vapors - especially as I'd been approached that way in my old career a few times and always found it really irritating - but WCIYP really pushes this strategy hard and claims it works.