What to do When the Gravy is Gone

I’m no Forrest Gump and I don’t have a box of chocolates, but what do you do when the gravy is gone?

My mom never told me what to do when the gravy has long since been finished and the turkey is still good to eat, so what did I do? Well I improvised. Squash and cranberry sauce with a layer of some fresh spinach all nestled nicely over stuffing and turkey makes for some good eating!

Can you tell it’s lunch time and I’ve got a plate of food staring me in the face?

Well think of your job search as a turkey dinner without gravy. The leads have dried up and you just don’t know what to do. You have the motivation and you have the time, but you just don’t know where to send your resume to next. Time to get creative!

Do a search for a company that you would love to work for, whether they have active openings or not. Call and introduce yourself to the hiring manager or the HR Manager and simply give them your 20 second elevator pitch. Ask if you could get their contact info to send along your resume if an appropriate role should open up and see what they say. If they say no, nothing lost. Thank them for their time and move on. If they say yes, you have a new contact to ping every couple of months. If you do this 3 times a day for a week, that’s 15 new prospects. Get inspired and try for 5 a day and you have 25 new leads.

Soon you will be looking back at this blog post, laughing all the way to your new job!

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  1. Hi Mike,
    Excellent question. There is a little bit of luck and a lot of digging that goes on to find a contact at a company. If the person has not advertised their name on the job post you could look on Linked In, Spokeo or another social media type site. Sometimes management will be listed on the company website, which you should be visiting anyway to get a bit familiar with the company…there is a chance you could get the manager on the phone and they ask what you know about the company and why do you want to work there. With a bit of background check you will have something to discuss. If you aren’t prepared to speak with the manager then just be honest and let them know you haven’t spent much time on the site, but would appreciate it if they could give you a quick overview of what they are looking for in xx role you are inquiring about.

    Of course another way to reach out to the company is call the main number and ask the receptionist for their assistance. I’ve spoken to plenty of “first contact” types who are actually senior managers who were covering the phones or happened to pick up so have your game face on right from the start.

    Best, Wayne
    Founder – Night and Day Resume