"Getting in the door"
Nick, I need your help! I have recently joined the ranks of the unemployed. I have worked
for a large food manufacturing company for the past 12 years and have been in the food
industry for 17 years. I live in an area (NC) that I really love and want to stay here if
possible. I have identified an employer in a similar business in my area as a target but
cannot get them to give me the time of day. I have tried a number of methods but to no
avail. My question to you: what ideas do you have for getting an employer to open up. I
have written letters, made calls (only to get voice-mail), had friends inquire on my
behalf, but still nothing. Give me a really good idea. I am counting on you.
The employer may not be hiring. Or you may be getting the runaround from the wrong
- Find out who their vendors are. Talk to the rep from the
vendor who services the account. Get names, get advice, get a referral. Get him or her to
put in a good word for you.
- Ditto their customers.
- Call their sales department and ask for the rep who handles
your area (local, obviously). Ask that person for some advice. Ask for names. Ask them to
give you a tour of the facility and to introduce you to some managers.
- Avoid Human Resources.
Hope one of those ideas is smart enough to pay off. All
you owe me is to tell me how this works out.
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