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GUEST COMMENT: Guerrilla job search tactics for the frankly desperate

Personally, I am happily employed. I have no need of hunting down a new position. However, I know I’m lucky: I know former colleagues who’ve been looking for work since 2008. I suspect that some of them just haven’t adjusted to the newly shrunk financial sector and are still “living the dream” Credit Boom style. They’ve been offered jobs but have turned them down because “the salary’s not good enough” or “they don’t do exactly what I’m interested in”.

If you’re getting desperate and you need a new role soon, these tactics are for you. Use them with care.


1) Internet Stalking

Thanks to the internet, stalking no longer need involve trailing people physically. These days, you can track them digitally. Find potential hiring managers on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook. Ingratiate yourself subtly. Retweet their opinions; laugh at their jokes.



2) Good Old Fashioned Stalking

Failing this, find out where they hang out and hang out there too. Door-stepping a prospective boss is difficult to execute, especially since the last two years have made high profile financiers paparazzi targets to rival Brangelina (witness Sir Fred Goodwin’s hounding by hacks and weirdo leftist protesters alike as evidence of this).

City gyms and sailing club changing rooms are both good. I’d call this the “nuclear option”, but you never know, perhaps they’ll be impressed at your pure tenacity and hire you on the spot.



3) Birthdays

The internet can also be a source of birthdates. See the society pages of the Evening Standard, the FT etc. If you send someone a card or email wishing them happy birthday, they may like and remember you. Alternatively, they may think you’re weird.



4) Blogs and opinions

People may also be inclined to remember you if you are able to demonstrate a commonality of opinion with them, or at least that you are a person with interesting opinions. Write a blog on your investment strategy. Draw attention to it using LinkedIn, Twitter, or simply emailing your target hirer. Sumzero is quite good for this but note that you’ll need to be able to convince the site’s founder (Divya Narendra, Harvard buddies with Mark Zuckerberg and recently featured in the Facebook movie) that you’re already an “investment professional” in order to be granted membership.

The author is a former M&A banker now working in private equity.

Comments (10)

Comments
  1. I told everyone on here..I went long dollar on friday..AND HAVE NOT LOOKED BACK SINCE!!

  2. looking for work since 2008?!?!! Man, that has got to be painful.

  3. ..it is indeed. I took the first year off and traveled the world. Now I am not even looking for a job, as the last recruiter suggested to switch sector. I am becoming sport and music addicted. The point is that when you talk to your ex colleagues and friends who are still in the same routine you soon realize you dont belong anymore to that world and dont know what to say.

  4. Send them a birthday card???…..are you some sort of prat?

  5. @since 2008 why on earth are still on this web site if your life of sport and music is so much better than the existence of your former co-workers? DOn’t write your career off totally fella – I have placed someone with a two year gap recently.

    There are still lots of people who told the market the “the salary’s not good enough” or “they don’t do exactly what I’m interested in” during the first 18 months of job . These two statements roughly translated to me as I can’t be bothered and I don’t need to pay cheque.

  6. @recruiter: I never had to turn down an offer. I had also said yes to an unpaid position and was ready to change city, just to close my gap and start again from there, but the company never made it real (I still cant believe it!). So I like to believe I cant be depicted as someone who doesn’t want to be “bothered”.
    You confirm there is no strategy for someone with a 2 year gap.
    I am still here from time to time just to check available positions, because I liked my job and because I cant make a living from sport and music, which are just a piece of my life, not the whole life.

  7. The guy who wrote this so called article is an idiot !

    “Personally, I am happily employed… I know former colleagues who’ve been looking for work since 2008…. they’ve been offered jobs but have turned them down because “the salary’s not good enough” or “they don’t do exactly what I’m interested in”. ”

    No one gives a rats ass if you are happily employed! Listen mate! You are not going to work tomorrow. Then I can write an
    condescending article about what an idiot you are and all the reasons why you dont want to start wiping floors when you have spent ten years doing a PhD in quantum physics which have left you in financial ruin.

    It is people like you that destroy the experience for everyone ells !

  8. I was kicked out of a bank in 2008, went into industry for a year and went back into the City earlier this year. Adapt and survive. The name of the game is success in the long run.

    Though as Keynes said (the only correct thing he ever said), in the long run we’re all dead. Something comforting about that.

  9. Did your friend sign on the dole while out of work? Thinking if they turned down an offer because the salary was to low and they are recieving employment benefit then its unacceptable and something that is wrong with this country.

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  10. “I told everyone on here..I went long dollar on friday..AND HAVE NOT LOOKED BACK SINCE!!”

    The dollar is sinking again! Better start looking back!!

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