There are a lot of reasons why you might be looking for a new job. You might have been laid off from your old job and need to find something else quickly. Or maybe you’re just bored with your current role and want to find something more exciting.
Whatever the case may be, landing the perfect job can be tough. There are hundreds of other people in your city or town who are also looking for jobs so how do you make sure yours stands out? Here’s one way: Get out there and canvass!
1. Start With A Plan
If you want to land your dream job, it’s important to have a plan. You won’t get far if you’re just sending out resumes willy-nilly and hoping it’ll work out. You’re going to need to do some research before making any contact with companies.
Identify Your Target Audience
The first step is identifying who your target audience is. Where do they work? What jobs do they hold? What skills do they have?
This will help determine where you should be looking for employment and how much experience you’d need in order for them to take notice of a resume from someone like yourself (someone who doesn’t yet know anything).
Make sure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date so as not waste valuable time reaching out unnecessarily or missing out on opportunities due to outdated information.* Make a list of key contacts (names)
Now that we’ve identified our target audience (and hopefully narrowed down what kinds of jobs would best suit us), let’s create an actual list of all potential employers within this field!
This way we can feel confident knowing exactly who we should be contacting when applying for these positions.”
2. Identify Your Target Audience
Now, it’s time to pinpoint your target audience. This is who you want to work with and for, so it’s important to think about them as much as possible.
You already know that canvassing is a great way for young people to earn money, but what kind of young people? Are they college students? High school students?
Young professionals looking for a side gig? Do they live in the city or the suburbs? Are they parents, young singles or someone else entirely?
These questions will help you hone in on an ideal candidate by defining what makes them unique from other potential candidates.
The more specific and narrow this definition is meaning “people who like dogs” rather than just “young people” the easier it will be for you to find these people when searching online through job listings and networking groups.
3. Make A List Of Key Contacts
Once you’ve identified the organizations and individuals that can help you find the job of your dreams, make sure to compile a list of everyone who might be able to put in a good word for you.
While it may seem obvious, including friends, family members and acquaintances is always a good start. After all, they know what makes you great, and they probably have connections to the organization or individual in question.
Don’t forget about colleagues from previous jobs either if an ex-boss or colleague has remained friendly with someone at an agency or company where you’re interested in working, don’t be afraid to ask them for an introduction.
Even if he/she doesn’t have much clout directly within the company itself (or even knows anyone who does), having another person vouching for your skills will definitely increase your chances of landing an interview!
If none of these options work out for whatever reason . . . well then there’s always LinkedIn!
Even though some people are wary about posting too much personal information online these days (especially after recent incidents involving data breaches), LinkedIn remains one of most effective ways
4. Research Company Websites And Social Media Feeds
Once you’ve landed an interview, it’s time to do a little more research on the company. The more you can learn about the organization and its goals, the better prepared you’ll be for your interview.
You should start by visiting their website and social media feeds. That way you can find out what they do and what they’re looking for in candidates.
You might even discover that there are current challenges facing your potential employer that would make them interested in having someone like yourself join their team!
Also, pay attention to any values or cultural information that may be present on their site (e.g., “Work hard, play hard.”)
These details can help guide how best to tailor your application materials so they show off who YOU are as well as why YOU think this job is perfect for YOU (you know… because it IS).
5. Reach Out To A Personal Contact/Friend Who Works At The Company
Once you have a list of companies and positions that interest you, it’s time to start reaching out. It can be daunting to email a stranger about something like this, so we recommend starting with someone who knows both you and the organization well.
If there are friends or family members who work at your dream company, reach out to them directly for an introduction.
You might also consider asking for an introduction from someone who works in a related department (e.g., legal vs corporate).
While they won’t know everyone on staff, they may be able to help get your foot in the door by connecting you with someone who does know everyone on the staff!
If there’s no one at your dream company whom you know or can easily introduce yourself to, reach out instead directly through LinkedIn or email/phone call just remember: Be professional; don’t use too many exclamation points!!!
6. Create An Email Cover Letter That Asks For What You Want (An Interview)
The best way to get an interview, whether you’re applying through a job board or directly contacting companies, is by emailing your resume. Here are some tips for writing a cover letter that will land you the interview:
Use a professional email address. Email addresses like “email@example.com” will make recruiters think twice before they reach out to you.
Be clear about what kind of job you want and why it’s right for you. You don’t have to tell them everything right away just give them enough information so they can see how qualified and interested in the position you are (and also make sure not to sound too eager!).
A summary of your qualifications, experience, and education will help convince people that this is something worth investing time in talking with/about further themselves.
Rather than just deleting it immediately as spam mail from someone who doesn’t seem quite right at first glance but might have potential if given a chance!
7. Create Email Subject Lines That Get Attention And Interest In Your Email Message
The subject line of your email is your first opportunity to grab the attention of a busy reader. Here are some suggestions for crafting a subject line that will get noticed:
Use a question. Questions create curiosity, which helps you draw the reader into reading more of your message.
Use an interesting fact or statistic. This can be especially effective if it’s related to what you’re promoting (e.g., “Did you know that 123% more dogs were adopted last month?”).
Make a strong benefit statement (e.g., “Save 20% on all orders over $50!”) and use strong verbs like “save” instead of passive ones like “get.”
Be specific and relevant; don’t get too general with something like “Tips for Getting Started.” Instead, be more specific about what kind of information you’re offering with something like this: “The #1 Way To Get Ready For Your Fundraiser.”
8. Use A Professional Email Address
Use a professional email address. The email address you use to contact employers and send out job applications is an important part of your online brand, so make sure that it reflects your style and branding.
If you don’t have one yet, try using your first name in the address as an easy way to create something new.
Don’t use personal email accounts like Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail (or other free services) because they are too easily forgotten by potential employers who may never see them due to high inbox volumes at those companies.
These kinds of accounts also aren’t very professional-sounding, even if they do work well for sending emails back home!
Avoid using overly long addresses because they can be hard for people to remember (and thus harder for them to find).
Try shortening them down into something short and sweet like “name@gmail” instead of something longer like “firstname_lastname@gmail” which might confuse when trying things out on different devices such as iPhones or iPads during an interview process.”
9. Send Emails Between 6 am-8 am Or After 6 pm Monday Through Thursday For The Best Open Rates
Open rates are highest at 7 am and 8 am, so send your emails then. You should also avoid sending emails around 3 pm and 4 pm on Mondays this is when open rates are lowest.
If you haven’t heard back after three days, follow up with a phone call or an email that reminds the hiring manager of your interest in the job. Don’t be pushy! Your goal is to stay on their radar without seeming annoying or desperate.
10. Follow Up Your Email With A Phone Call If You Don’t Receive A Response Within Three Days Of Sending The First Email
“I don’t know about you, but I never get through to hiring managers on the first try. They’re busy people and sometimes aren’t checking their email regularly. So if you haven’t heard back in three days, follow up with a phone call:
Leave a voice mail with your name and number and explain that you sent an email a few days ago expressing interest in the job position they had posted online (you can also mention why this job would be perfect for you).
Then keep it short no more than 20 seconds and include your name, and phone number, and request that they call you back at their convenience.”
11. Call Between 8 am And 9 am Or After 4 pm Monday Through Thursday
8 am to 9 am or after 4 pm Monday through Thursday. The best time to call is between 8 am and 9 am or after 4 pm Monday through Thursday.
The worst time to call is 3 pm to 4 pm on Mondays because people are usually in meetings and it’s hard for them to hear you talk over all the background noise (chances are they’re drinking coffee at their desk).
If you have a lot of calls that come in during this window, try sending an email instead!
6 am to 8 am or after 6 pm Monday through Thursday. The best way to send an email is between 6 am and 8 am or after 6 pm Monday through Thursday.
This will ensure that whoever reads it has some extra time in their schedule before they get started with work for the day (or before bed if they’re working nights).
12. Leave A Message In A Voice Mail
Keep it under 20 seconds and include your name, phone number, reason for calling and request that they call you back at their convenience
A quick message is important because you don’t know how much time the person will spend listening to your voice mail (or if they will listen at all). Be brief but clear about who you are and why are calling.
Try to make your message sound professional so it doesn’t come across as spam or telemarketing calls.
You want to sound confident when leaving messages on answering machines; this means having good diction, not rushing through sentences, and pausing before ending your sentence with “okay?” or “thank you!”
Use expressions like “please contact me back when convenient” instead of assuming they will call back right away even though most likely they will!
If someone does answer the phone after leaving a message, don’t just hang up without saying anything–that’s disrespectful and rude!
13. If No One Answers The Phone, Try Again Later In The Day But Leave Two Or Three Business Days Between Calls So You Don’t Seem Pushy
If you are calling for a job that has specific requirements, make sure to tailor your resume and cover letter to those details.
If there is a particular application that you know or have heard of through word-of-mouth as a good fit, it’s okay to mention their name in your cover letter or when you contact them directly.
14. Review Linkedin Profiles Of Hiring Managers
LinkedIn is a great tool for canvassers to use during their job search because it enables them to make connections with hiring managers. The first step in this process is reviewing the LinkedIn profiles of hiring managers and identifying the level of experience they have.
LinkedIn is required by law to include dates for all positions held by individuals, so you can use this information to determine how long they’ve been in positions that require similar responsibilities as yours.
If they don’t have any relevant experience, then you may want to consider applying only if there’s not much competition.
So there you have it. If you’ve got some time to spare, the best way to get your dream job is by canvassing.
It may not be a glamorous profession, but it can give you the financial security and satisfaction of knowing that a career in canvassing will pay off for years down the line. Good luck!
Takeaway: The most important thing when applying for a job as a canvasser is to make sure that you care about what they do and talk about how they could use your skillset in their organization.