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Hi All

My company is being sold. Having met the new management a number of times and seen their interactions with my boss, I know it is time to move on and quickly.

I have been pounding my network (about 3100 in Outlook). What is the most creative way you have used to get in a new door very quickly?

Much appreciated

*RNTT

stewartlogan's picture

[quote="asteriskrntt1"]Hi All

My company is being sold. Having met the new management a number of times and seen their interactions with my boss, I know it is time to move on and quickly.

I have been pounding my network (about 3100 in Outlook). What is the most creative way you have used to get in a new door very quickly?

Much appreciated

*RNTT[/quote]

Ask for help from someone. Someone you want to get closer to. A la Carnegie in How to Win Friends ...

It's very subtle, but explain your situation to someone you would like to work for, and ask them to refer you to a source that would be helpful/looking to fill a position. Not only will they look for opportunities for you and keep you in mind, but they'll also be sure to mention if they know of something available.

MattJBeckwith's picture

Hello RNTT. When I read your question I immediately thought of a great story. I heard Ann Rhoades speak last year and she told the story of how someone got an interview with Herb Kelleher, the famous co-founder of South West Airlines. The candidate learned that Herb really liked Wild Turkey whiskey so she sent him a bottle with the label re-done with her resume on it.

Acquisitions can be scary times. If you haven't listened to it, there is an excellent 'cast on managing during that time (8/21 and 8/28/06). Of course, listening to the 'casts on resigning and your resume are great resources as well.

Best of luck to you.

asteriskrntt1's picture

Thanks guys...

Loved the label story... very creative... and I am listening to those casts right now.

*RNTT

Mark's picture

Why do you need to be creative? If you know 3100 people, why not call many of them, explain your situation, and ask for an opportunity to interview or for a referral?

Mark

asteriskrntt1's picture

Well, there are a number of reasons:

1. The large majority of the list are not the professionals that Manager Tools listeners are hoping to be
2. This is the fourth time in four years that I am getting kicked to the curb in an acquisition, and many of them have already tried to help me.
3. The vast majority of them don’t have hiring authority
4. Many just don’t want to help

I could go on although I think this one example crystallizes it. I have a life-long family friend, who is very senior in a bank and was a major player in the outsourcing industry. I asked him if I could use his name to get through some gatekeepers to a former employee of his, who had hiring authority. He said “Nope, I don’t want to burn a favour. If you get in the door and end up in front of him, I will speak for you. Otherwise, it will be seen as me wasting his time and it will lower his attitude of my professionalism.”

So as the posting said… when your network is not enough, what do you do?

*RNTT

Mark's picture

Well, I'd certainly start with eliminating that long time family friend from my network.

- Call a recruiter.
- Contact companies directly.
- Check major job boards.

What do you want to do and where do you want to do it?

Mark