Job Search: The Hunter and the Hunted
First, please tell us what YOU think!
Perhaps this is an odd way to refer to the process of looking for employment, but then again, maybe not. Have you thought of it?
Most applicants I work with initially describe their job search efforts similarly. They use the internet (mostly) to access public or niche-specific job boards to search for vacancies or new postings. If the online service is new to them, they upload their cover letter, resume, and other supporting documents, and then click APPLY NOW.
Then, they wait. And wait. And wait. Endlessly it seems. For nothing, it seems.
How would the applicant know "what" - if anything - is happening on the other side? Was their application received? Does anyone really look at them? Where are they in the process? What is their timeline? Have they already begun interviews?
Searching for a job in this fashion is similar to the analogy the title suggests. Because of the strategies used, however, it is clear however that most applicants see themselves as the Hunters and teaching positions (districts) as the Hunted. Unlike in nature, though, once the applicant spots a target, although they pursue it initially, most Hunters then do a very odd thing! They crouch down low - under cover - and remain very quiet, and wait. They wait for the prey to come to them!
Any guess what the usual outcome will be? The target is given a great chance to walk away, and they do. It happens every day! Individuals screening applications generally choose to interview other candidates.
I suggest that applicants for teaching jobs - and probably most other jobs, as well - FLIP the process! Turn it upside down! Assume instead that the district is the Hunter and that the applicant is the Hunted! This model puts the school administrators in the driver's seat, and indeed, that is how it really is! They are the Hunters and candidates are the Hunted! This puts an interesting spin on the game!
Here is why. Assume that district administrators are looking for prey (ideal candidates) and they are in an active pursuit. What could you do to be seen? How can YOU create application materials that would help them to FIND YOU? How can you make yourself more appealing to administrators seeking to fill important positions? How can you make your cover letter and resume JUMP OUT?
These and other tips and strategies are shared fully in the ebook, Pathway to Teaching! Get your copy TODAY and jump start your job search!