It would be nice if society had a better way for people to find jobs. For a short time, I worked for an agency that hires home care workers. I happened to see what happens on the other end of hiring. Employers need good people, but they have the hardest time finding them. They tend to get overwhelmed when they post an ad and then a flood of resumes come in. The person in charge of hiring already has a job to do, and then they are faced with this stack of applications that they somehow have to fit into their day to go through. Pressure starts to set in. What do they do? They want an easy way to find the right person. So rather than go through the pile, they start asking others nearby “Do you know anyone who could????”
My best advice for job hunters is find a way to stand out on the interview. They don’t know you and will forget you in a heartbeat. A way to stand out if at all possible is to bring samples. Show them what you can do. Seeing is believing. It worked for me more than once. You will be that person who gave them evidence of your ability.
Whatever you do, don’t seem desperate. When people called to ask if their resume was seen or why haven’t they heard anything, it was a huge turn off. Especially when they call every day. I don’t think that is right, but that’s what I’ve seen.
Try for the informational interview. Ask people at the places you want to work if you could just talk to them for advice to get on the right career path. This kind of interview takes all the tension and pressure off both sides. Give them your card and if something comes up, you might just get call.
Another good thing to do is volunteer. A lot of people think that “Oh no, I can’t do that I have to get paid.” But the thing about volunteering is that you don’t have to do a lot of it. You can work as little as half a day once a week. I work in a hospital and this is what people do. It doesn’t take long to make some friends. So any place that accepts volunteers could be a possibility to make some contacts that could lead to a job. Volunteering also looks great on a resume.