Self-Promoting Yourself into a Job

If you’re like most people, you’ve never written a press release to call attention to a success you’ve had.

And rightly so.

But some of you should be sending out press releases or encouraging your company to promote things that you and your group are doing because they are significant.

And most of you can be doing the next best thing to a press release:

An old friend of mine would mail a note to all of her friends to bring them up-to-date on the things that were going on in her life, her professional successes, accomplishments and, occasionally, the frustrations. It allowed her to stay in contact with lot of people who would offer her advice, suggestions and jobs.

Today, with e-mail, it is much easier than before.

Every six months, send an e-mail to all of your friends, acquaintances and former colleagues to bring them up-to-date. Skip the complaints about your boss. Former colleagues may be in contact with them and you don’t want to generate problems.

It’s easy to add people to Outlook and other products like it; you can also use any service that hosts a rolodex online and allows others to connect with you, too.

Any way you look at it, since only 22% of positions are filled by recruiters and fewer than 6% via job boards, your contacts and their ability to think of you will go a long way to helping jobs land in your lap.


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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