The first had attended Offshore Europe 2011. This is the biggest offshore oil exhbition and conference in Europe and is held bi-annually in Aberdeen. There are hundreds of exhibitors and over 20,000 visitors to the exhibition. The OA Scotland client went to the exhibtion with his business cards, CV and a willingness to chat to all sorts of exhibitors. Smaller companies in particular often send their senior people to trade exhibitions, and these people have the power to make hiring decisions. The client got talking to a company who were just about to start a new project and needed a project manager. They were so impressed with him that they offered him the job there and then. He accepted the job and is starting work next week. Good luck? Yes, but the service leaver created the conditions for it but going to the exhibition in the first place and being well-prepared for meeting potential employers.
The second person I spoke to had been in his job for a couple of years. When the job was advertised in the press, he had applied and did not even get shortlisted for interview. He got in touch with the employer to ask for feedback about why he wasn’t selected and what he could have done do to improve his application. Two weeks later he got a phone call asking if he was still interested in the job. One of the shortlisted candidates had dropped out at the last moment and they had a spare interview slot. He was interviewed the next day and got the job. Good luck? Yes, but the service leaver had taken the trouble to ask (politely) for feedback from the employer. It may not have been the only factor influencing their decision to interview him but it would have helped them remember his name when they were looking for an addition to the shortlist.
Posted on 18th March 2013