I am giving a talk to future civil servants at the JSSA Employment and Career Services. http://getagovjob.eventbrite.com/ I am talking about developing internal champions within the agency they want to work. Richard Nelson Bolles, in “What Color Is Your Parachute” suggests doing research to find needs that the job seeker is uniquely qualified to meet. He suggests finding the person who has the power to hire you and convincing them that you are the one in one hundred people who can help them with their most difficult challenges.
I realize that in the government, we have a transparent hiring process that is fair to all candidates, so this isn’t as easy to do in the civil service as it is in the private sector. At the same time, I followed Bolles techniques and was hired in a competitive process by hiring official who met me through my creative job seeking process.
So I wanted to know if anyone could comment. Has anyone “interviewed your for information” asking about trends and needs rather than directly asking for a job? How has that worked? And if you are a hiring manager, have you ever had someone make a presentation to you that made you wish that you could hire them, even though you didn’t have the money – or maybe someone who you did hire or send to someone who you knew was hiring?
I look forward to hearing from people.