Where would you like to work? Change work is not a dream
Where would you like to work?
For a competitor …
In the company that is considered the market leader …
In the company near your house that makes those beautiful things…
You might dream of working for a specific company, like Google.
You might even think about working there.
You can think seriously about how you could get a job for a specific company.
On the one hand there’s you, with your market know-how, your job skills, position and personal characteristics, including your personal details and place of residence. There’s also your urgency to find work, there’s the time you give yourself, there’s the other things you bring to the table (different contractual conditions, a lower salary, a different city, a new language to be studied).
On the other hand there’s the “target” company, the one you want to work, e.g. Google. You need to study what the company does and what its strategies are and what its criteria is for staff. What does it do in Italy, how is the company organised in Italy, who works there and what are its growth strategies for the Italian market? Assuming it’s the Italian market you’re interested in! And how do they select staff, etc?
All of this is possible. It might be a bit time-consuming and may require a lot of focus and concentration but, thanks in no small part to the web, it can be done. Aside from the web and newspapers, there’s also the people you know – directly and indirectly – who can be sources of info. The same applies for conferences in which a Google spokesperson might be giving a speech.
What else? It’s not enough to send your cv - however good it might be – to Google’s offices in Italy - you have to ask yourself two questions:
a) does your candidacy make sense? If the average age is 32 and I am 50, does it make sense? If they are all digital natives and you use your PC like a glorified typewriter does it makes sense? If you are a legal expert does it make sense? If you only speak French does it make sense? In other words you have to be realistic.
b) what is you have to offer that might be of interest for Google? Why should they consider you? If you’re an adult with experience, you should be able to answer that question! If you find something that might be appealing you should proceed.
If you are in a position to proceed, state what you have to offer and try to contact the company in all possible manners – directly and indirectly – and then write: by email, through Linkedin, Facebook, or the Post Office!
Also provide your phone number to certify and support your candidacy and get to the interview phase. Thereafter do some extra work for the first interview and the second one and so on...
In other words it’s just like a real sales campaign.
In this way you have a chance of reaching your objective.
There’s really no alternative to this rather time-consuming process that many people seem to neglect, because very often they confuse a direct candidacy with putting their cv in the section “work with us” of company’s websites!
Unless you are a young graduate and the "work with us" section offers internships and a genuine focus on new recruits, I would avoid it.