by Kevin Donlin,
Maybe youâ€™ve heard the â€œgolden voiceâ€ of the new most famous man in America, Ted Williams â€¦
Ted is the formerly homeless, former alcoholic/addict, formerly unemployed man who was just hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers for his dream job as an announcer. Other job offers are still pouring in from around the country.
If youâ€™re unemployed, you can learn a lot from Ted Williamsâ€™ Guerrilla Job Search.
Hereâ€™s why â€¦
No social worker on earth would say to a homeless person, â€œYou know what you need to do? Go stand in traffic with a sign and talk like a radio DJ.â€
Ted could have followed conventional advice â€” gone to his local workforce center or library, waited to use the free computers, and applied online for advertised jobs.
Luckily, Ted Williams is a natural born Guerrilla Job Hunter.
He did these 4 things, which you can do, too â€¦
1) He got out of the house and met people
If thereâ€™s one advantage to being homeless in a job search, itâ€™s this: You canâ€™t avoid meeting people.
By contrast, unemployed people with homes often go to great lengths to avoid meeting people. They sit at home, in front of the computer, zapping out resumes by email and feeling productive. But thatâ€™s usually a pointless waste of time.
Instead, Ted was out in the game, every day, meeting and telling people about the job he wanted. And he met just the right person â€” a reporter who told his story.
You never know who you will meet on the street. That person ahead of you in line at 7-11, or sitting next to you at Starbucks, may be a VP at your dream employer. Of course the chances of meeting your dream employer on the street this week are small. But your chances are ZERO if you stay at home all week and never get out.
Questions for you:
- Do you know EXACTLY what job you want to do? There are plenty of homeless (and â€œhomedâ€) people looking for â€œany jobâ€ â€¦ and they struggle for months.
- How many people have you talked to this week about your job? How do you know? What is your quota?
2) He didnâ€™t use an ordinary resume
You canâ€™t get much less ordinary than a â€œresumeâ€ handwritten, in magic marker â€¦ on cardboard.
But take a look. The opening says, â€œI have a God given gift of voice.â€
Thatâ€™s pretty â€¦ extraordinary! And, while we recommend using a Guerrilla Resume if you want to break the mold, Ted has done well with this.
More importantly, he didnâ€™t waste weeks trying to polish and perfect every word in his resume.
Questions for you:
- How many ordinary resumes have you sent to employers?
- If youâ€™re not yet ready, how much longer will you wait for your resume to be â€œperfectâ€ before sending it out? And how many jobs have you missed out on in the meantime?
3) He didnâ€™t interview, he performed
When most job seekers get an interview, they retell success stories from their past, hoping employers will take a leap of faith and hire them. Not so effective.
Ted Williams performed his work for anyone who would listen. His first â€œinterviewâ€ â€” the YouTube video that made him famous overnight, didnâ€™t feature him begging for a job. No, he was DOING THE JOB in that video interview. Big difference.
Questions for you:
- How can you perform your most-employable skills at a momentâ€™s notice?
- If youâ€™re in sales, you can pick up a phone book and make cold calls?
- If youâ€™re a designer, you can draw on napkin.
- A teacher can deliver a memorable 5-minute lesson.
- A customer service manager can pose as a customer, call his target employer, and analyze their phone service.
You get the idea â€” there is NO job that cannot be performed in a interview. Because, if youâ€™re hired you will have to perform anyway. Why wait?
4) He kept a positive outlook
Yes, your situation may be dire. You may have been jobless for months or even years. You may have troubles with your finances, your family, or your health.
But you probably wonâ€™t be sleeping under a highway overpass tonight.
So do what it takes to greet the world with a smile. Itâ€™s the fastest way to make the best impression on anyone. And it doesnâ€™t cost a dime.
If Ted, a homeless recovering alcoholic/addict, can be unfailingly polite and positive in his dealings with others, so can you. Just watch the video, if you havenâ€™t already.
Still not able to stay positive? Fine â€” fake it for just 30 minutes tomorrow morning. Get out of the house. Meet one person. Talk to them about your job. Perform your skill. Do it with a smile.
When youâ€™re done, you can go home and scowl for the rest of the day. At least youâ€™ll have a home to go to.
If you get out, meet enough people and â€œperformâ€ in a positive way â€” like Ted Williams â€” you may have a job, too. Thatâ€™s the Guerrilla way.
Kevin Donlin is contributing co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0.” and “Guerilla Resumes“Â Â (Which I review here). Â Since 1996, he has provided job search assistance to more than 20,000 people. Author of “51 Ways to Find a Job Fast — Guaranteed,” Kevin has been interviewed by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Radio and others.Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. To learn about Guerrilla Resumes and how it could help you, visit his site atÂ www.GuerrillaResumes.comÂ or visitÂ Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters, aÂ great informative site for job hunters.
This is Kevin’sÂ thoughts reprinted in its entirely from his Guerrilla Marketing for Job HuntersÂ blog.