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I have several years experience in running a "crisis management" station or an Environmental Health and Safety office for a major university, however, since I have moved I cannot find a suitable position in the area. I could understand this if it were a small area but Dallas/Fort Worth! Almost all companies need my services but refuse to admit it. I know I can be of value to employers but convincing them seems to be a problem. How do I contact a front-man to extol my abilities?

Insider Advice from
James Wick
Oregon Site Environmental Health & Safety Manager
Intel Corporation

Let me preface my suggestions by saying that the discipline or skill set (in this case environmental health & safety) is irrelevant to the search.

Identifying and contacting hiring managers can be a formidable task. However, it can be done. First, I'll presume that you have done a self assessment of your own skills and have identified a few target possibilities. So, gathering data is a good next step. Part of this is plain old hard work, learning all you can about the target organizations and possible opportunities. Read news accounts, surf the web, review annual reports, etc.

Next, play to your strengths and your existing network of contacts from your previous jobs. Contact the network and ask for help in identifying contacts in the target organizations, or perhaps in one of the environmental safety & health organizations in one of the Dallas area universities. Then go talk to them. Ask for names and contacts.

Professional organizations and trade shows or business group meetings are also excellent opportunities to identify the names of potential hiring managers. However, as these meetings and shows happen periodically, this may take a protracted time to accomplish.

Once you have the name in hand, Ask the Headhunter (the online site) Nick's books have some excellent suggestions for your next steps. Good luck.

NOTE: The advice provided above is an opinion, not a professional service. Ask The Headhunter and the author of the advice are not responsible for its accuracy, use or mis-use.


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