I just read the morning edition of the Wichita Eagle. Two articles got me even more excited than my morning coffee. Airbus plans to expand from 200+ to 350 employees in the upcoming year. And, Boeing has signed a five year, $100 million contract with the U.S. Navy. I'll talk about what I would do with this information regarding Boeing in a future blog. This morning, I'll share my ideas about Airbus.
If I am an engineer looking for a job, this is my plan.
I will print off a copy of my letterhead on high quality bond paper, dress up in my best professional clothes, drive to Old Town,and stop in at Airbus. Using my best manners, I will ask if I can speak with the manager of human resources. When I get in front of the HR manager, I will deliver my carefully prepared 30 second commercial, tell her how interested I am in her company, and ask if I can leave my resume. I will ask for her business card so I can follow up.
I might get "no, you cannot speak with HR" as an answer from the receptionist. If so, I will graciously thank the receptionist, give her my 30 second commercial, tell her how interesed I am in her company, and ask if I can leave a copy of my resume. If she tells me "no, you have to apply online", I will again graciously thank her, ask her to tell the manager of human resources that I stopped in, and tell her I will indeed apply online. Best case scenario: I get to talk with HR. Worst case scenario: I will connect with someone in a company that is growing and expanding. That person just might have more influence than I imagine. And, that person just might tell HR--and/or a manager in engineering--that "the nicest engineer dropped in today. . ."
It takes work to get a job! There's a "hidden job market" out there. . .work it!