So often getting a job hangs on a slender thread. A VERY slender thread. Perhaps you mentioned your job search casually to a neighbor who told a friend of hers, who told her husband, who told his boss, who told his supervisor–you get the idea.
With that in mind, your top priority is to meet as many people as you can to introduce yourself and your qualifications. Not only neighbors, friends and past colleagues, but the butcher, the baker and the candlestick makers as well. Or their modern day equivalent!
Think about the people you see on a daily basis: your banker, your doctor, your pharmacist, your child’s teacher, your child soccer coach, your child’s scout leader, your mailman… you get the idea! Don’t ever pre-judge the potential for someone to be of assistance to you: make every contact count.
When interviewing, treat everyone—from the janitor and the receptionist to the Human Resources Director and the Vice President—with the same professional courtesy and demeanor. Your ultimate goal: to make a favorable impression on anyone (and everyone) who assists you in your search for a position.
The smaller the company, the shorter the ‘feedback chain’ will be—i.e. word tends to travel faster about that ‘stuck up blond who thought she was the cat’s meow’ or that ‘great guy with such a nice smile’ in an office with fewer people.
From the minute you walk in for your interview, until the minute you leave, you will be under the microscope. Not only will your competencies and qualifications be evaluated, but you will also be judged on the way you look and the way you behave.
By treating everyone–regardless of position or rank–with the same respect as you would like to be treated yourself and you’re likely to enhance your chances of a receiving rave reviews… and just maybe, an offer of employment!