A Job Hunter’s Tips for Contacting Companies You Want to Work For
Searching for a job often means researching what companies are hiring. You can contact others in your network and browse through employment listings. However, you could also turn the process around and start looking at where you want to work regardless of any current vacancy.
Exploring these kinds of passive openings has advantages for you and your potential employer because you’re targeting opportunities where you would excel. Find out how to identify organizations where you want to work, and how to communicate with them, using these strategies.
Learning About Your Preferred Companies
- Browse online. Gather information from the company website or social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
- Read the news. Local press and industry publications can also be revealing. Maybe your potential employer sponsors community programs you are affiliated with or have passion for.
- Seek referrals. Ask around to see if you have contacts who know employees at the companies you’re researching. Personal introductions make it much easier to set up initial meetings.
- Attend events. Networking sessions and business conferences are an efficient way to access information and individual perspectives. Check calendar listings for upcoming events.
Covid-19 considerations: Research Zoom meetings and or webinar events.
- Volunteer your services. Do you want an inside look at the kind of work you’re contemplating? Maybe you can intern or volunteer at the organization or a similar operation.
- Identify decision makers. Find out whom you need to talk with. CEO? Hiring Managers? Department Heads?
Reaching Out to Your Preferred Companies
- Consider your contribution. Put the focus on what you can do for the company instead of talking about what you want. Explain how you can add value and help them reach their goals.
- Hone your pitch. You’ll need to capture their attention quickly once you make contact. Rehearse your pitch until you can deliver it in about 15 to 20 seconds.
- Send an email. Your first communication will usually be an email. Craft a subject line that will pique their interest.
- Ask to meet. Follow up with a request for a brief meeting. Learn the best time to reach the person you are trying to contact. Early morning or late in the day?
- Build your qualifications. If you succeed at arranging a meeting, listen closely. Find out what would make you a more attractive candidate and work on those skills. Brush up a second language or strengthen your social media presence.
- Stay in touch. Remember that you’re making progress even if your preferred company is unable to hire you immediately. Check in occasionally to let them know you’re still interested.
- Be patient. Landing your dream job can take time. If one prospect fails to respond, move on to other options.Cultivate a strong support network that will encourage you and give you constructive feedback. Believe in yourself and think positively about your future.
Finding a position you love may enhance your quality of life. Make contacting companies you want to work for a central strategy in your job search.
Happy Job Hunting!
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SWIMMING POOL MANAGER I CANDIDATES MUST APPLY BEFORE TAKING THE PERFORMANCE TEST. ONCE APPLICATIONS ARE APPROVED, CANDIDATES WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING THE SPECIFIC DATE, TIME AND LOCATION. Swimming Pool Manager I positions lead, evaluate and supervise the work of subordinates and volunteers; administer and teach swimming classes; perform pool maintenance; administer first aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed; keep records and write reports; publicize and market new and existing aquatic programs; develop fund raising activities; plan and conduct special aquatic events; coordinate staffing schedules; conduct specialized staff training; provide information to the public about pool and facility regulations, policies and procedures; and perform other duties as assigned.
NOTES:Swimming Pool Manager I employees may be assigned to portable community pools where they perform supervisory functions, or to permanent community pools where they act in a lead capacity under the supervision of a Swimming Pool Manager II or III.Prior to employment, all applicants MUST pass a pass/fail performance test. Should you fail any part of the performance test, only one retest will be permitted on the same test date.Swimming Pool Manager I employees are available primarily on a part-time basis and may be assigned to work on holidays as well as weekends and evenings.Swimming Pool Manager I employees must be available to work June through August as scheduled with NO vacation leave.California State Law requires all persons hired in these positions to obtain certificates in CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard Training and re-qualify as required to retain employment.Swimming Pool Manager I employees must furnish and wear standard apparel prescribed by the Park and Recreation Department.Swimming Pool Manager I employees must take and pass a performance test periodically to retain employment.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated. AGE : 18 years of age or older. EXPERIENCE : Six months of full-time experience as a Swimming Instructor, Assistant Manager or Manager of a swimming pool which provides an organized aquatic instruction program.
CERTIFICATES : You must have ALL of the following valid certificates:American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid Certificate.American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response Certificate.American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certificate.American Red Cross CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for Lifeguard Certificate or American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED Essentials Certificate.NOTES:For information on certificate requirements, please check the following website for a listing of upcoming training classes: San Diego American Red Cross, http://www.sdarc.org/ (click on “Take a Class”). You may also contact Park and Recreation Department staff at (619) 525-8284 or American Red Cross staff at (858) 309-1200 (ask for health and safety).All certificates MUST be valid.Proof of current registration (enrollment) in any of the required certificate programs and/or letters from instructors are NOT acceptable.Applicants who have completed the required training but have not received their certificate(s) may submit a copy of the American Red Cross Course Record showing successful completion.An equivalent certificate from a lifeguard training program must be approved by the California Department of Public Health.HIGHLY DESIRABLE :Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Certificate.Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Certificate.American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level I Certificate.United States Water Polo (USWP) Level I Certificate.American Exercise Association (AEA) Aquatic Fitness Professional Certificate.Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Primary Group Exercise Instructor Certificate.Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAPHERD) Adapted Aquatics Instructor Certificate.Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate.American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor Certificate.American Red Cross First Aid for Public Safety Personnel Instructor (Title 22) Certificate.REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (MUST SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION) : Front and back copies of ALL of the following certificates:American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid Certificate.American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response Certificate.American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certificate.American Red Cross CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for Lifeguard Certificate or American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED Essentials Certificate.American Red Cross Course Record showing successful completion of required training, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.Equivalent certificate from a lifeguard training program, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to
2016 AI Summer Lifeguard ChallengeAnnouncing the 2016 AI Summer Lifeguard Challenge Overall WinnerMesquite Groves Aquatic Center wins title after securing back-to-back victoriesBy Rena GoldmanMesquite Groves Aquatic Center, Chandler, Ariz.Lifeguards at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center in Chandler, Ariz., proved their squad is a well-oiled machine, beating June and July’s challenges with time to spare and ultimately being crowned overall 2016 AI Summer Lifeguard Challenge winner.Mesquite is the first organization to win two challenges at the same location after going against teams from all across the country.What’s even more impressive? A different group of guards appears in each video.The team worked hard to clinch victory, overhauling its entire training strategy. Beth Grasser, head pool manager, said she was inspired by a training seminar by Pete DeQuincy, judge for the Lifeguard Challenge. “It was very different from how we trained in the past. At first it was a bit difficult,” she said. But the staff soon took to it and became fully engaged in drills and friendly competition.To keep the 78-person team on its toes, management encouraged the lifeguard staff to compete in the drills during rotation.“They excelled at most of the challenges,” DeQuincy said. “You felt there was a sense of teamwork and coordination. It was very impressive overall, their consistency.”The squad benefitted from participating, Grasser said. The outside challenge helped motivate in a new way: “Even if you don’t win, the participation and getting outside your comfort zone is amazing for your staff.”