Patience, productivity urged in job hunt
Out-of-work job seekers need to be patient and learn to market themselves, career transition consultant Packard Brown tells people in search of work.
Brown, a 1968 graduate of Whitworth University, is a career consultant based in Denver. He made a presentation on job search tactics Friday during the university’s homecoming weekend.
Among other tips, Brown said unemployed folks should take part-time jobs even if they’re not specifically in the career direction they’re going.
“A future employer will say: ‘Though you didn’t find anything in your line of work, you’re still being productive, making a living and using the skills you have,’ ” Brown said.
That shows initiative and shows one is not being idle, Brown said.
He offered several other tips, including:
• Translate your job strengths into skills a possible employer can use. “If you are good with people, you can show a company you can help in customer service and reduce customer complaints, for instance,” he said.
• Research every company before you contact a possible employer. Find companies that are growing.
• Contact the department manager who would be the person most likely to make a hiring decision, instead of first pushing a resume through a company’s human resources department.
“Talk to that manager first to show you know what’s going on in the company and how you can be of help to them,” he said.