Knock Knock. Who's there? Your future employee?

Tuesday 20 August, 2013

When we're job seeking, we are often told that the best thing to do is to stop looking in the paper, print off a hundred resumes and start pounding the street.

The idea for some seems mad, especially when you're on the receiving end and find a job seeker at the door of your business asking for a job ... "ANY JOB". Sometimes a business wonders whether the job seeker actually has any idea of what the company even does. They hand over a resume which says "skills in beer pouring" when the office they are standing in is for financial services.

Nevertheless, it's a very practical, get-going approach to finding employment but does the door-to-door knock and enter really work?

It really depends on what job you want and what business you want to work for. 

Quite often, businesses in the hospitality industry - pubs, cafes, restaurants, small motels, can't afford to advertise job vacancies in the paper or online as their turn-over for staff is too high. These businesses rely on the old sign-in-the-window approach or word-of-mouth networks to hire new employees. In this instance, if a job seeker were to walk into a cafe with their resume, they may likely be asked about their experience and their availability. On the odd occasion, they might be asked to come back later that night for a paid trial.

On the other hand, if you're a job seeker looking for work in the corporate sector, education, health, financial services, or any other career which would generally require a high level of specialised training or a university degree then the processes for hiring are usually more formal. Employers working in these sectors don't usually appreciate job seekers walking into their workplaces, asking for possible job vacancies or even, demanding to meet the boss because they usually have HR departments, or have already advertised for these positions and don't like to have their time wasted.

There is an exception to the above however. If you really want to break into one of these professional, white collar industries you can still walk in 'off the street' so to speak - not to ask for a job, but for an internship. Let them know why you want to work for them and make sure to bring your resume. If you are fortunate enough to be offered an opportunity to work for the businesses, whilst you are there make sure you take a moment to show the employer your resume and willingness to work for their business. 

Let OneShift know your thoughts. Have you ever got a job by simply walking through the door of a business? 

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