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
Oregon Site Environmental Health & Safety Manager
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
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