Until it’s filled, an open position is just an idea. It’s a company’s idea of how to meet their needs and accomplish their objectives. But what if you have a better idea? What about those businesses that don’t recognize their biggest inefficiencies? Try thinking less like a job hunter and more like a business-to-business sales agent, and you just may be able to sell a company on your full-time services—and do it all on your terms.
So we’ve come up with a list of five needs and objectives many businesses simply fail to meet. With a little innovation and research, you can help some company do a better job, a job you’ve designed yourself.
- Customer Service
Customer service has become a lost art. Lots of companies outsource this function overseas, but others simply neglect it altogether. If you’ve ever worked in a call center or behind a counter, though, you probably realize something many company’s still don’t: customer service and sales go hand in hand. Package your customer service expertise into a job proposal with detailed projections of benefits like sales and future customer account management that far outweighs your suggested salary. Your hard work, initiative, and organization will show both the need and your ability to meet it.
You’d be surprised how many companies’ marketing efforts are comprised of nothing but a sign on the door, a listing in the Yellow Pages, and a small-time deal with a coupon printer. If you have marketing experience and no job, find a business with a good product or service but a lousy approach to connecting to their customers. Introduce yourself to the owner, put your savvy on display, and allow him or her to see the dollar signs you could generate.
- Web Administrator
You can set up a business’s Web presence and have it up and running, virtually maintenance free in no time as a single freelance gig. But why teach that business to catch small fish when you could make a living reeling in the big fish yourself? Many owners of small businesses with huge online potential lack the initiative or the know-how to cross the brick-and-mortar barrier. If you can find one and partner with them, you can add a big-time revenue stream and a brand new dimension to their business.
- Manager of Social Networking
Social media is growing at a breakneck speed and becoming increasingly complex. While many corporations are taking full advantage of the opportunities at the cutting edge of the industry, plenty of businesses are just plain frightened by the dangers. As a result, there are vast opportunities to take advantage of. Train yourself in as many different tools and networks as you can. Study up on what other businesses are doing to use this constantly changing medium to their advantage. Then develop a standard social networking business plan, a template for success that you could apply to several companies and industries. Approach businesses one at a time with your plan for generating major business using your expertise—if they aren’t using social networking for business, there’s probably no one at the company who could do a better job than you.
- You Name It
Businesses in any industry eventually grow to the point they need to add a position or even an entirely new aspect to their business. Whatever industry (or industries) you have experience in, make it your mission to find a company that is at the perfect stage of development—they’re ready to grow, but they just need a nudge in the right direction. If you’ve worked previously for a larger corporation, contact the key players at some smaller companies and let them know how your experience with their competitors can help them catch up. Just take something you have experience doing and find someone who isn’t getting it done.
This do-it-yourself approach to job creation is a good way to supplement your job search. Show companies that you can think outside of the want-ad box, and you are sure to find someone who realizes how invaluable you are. This approach can work well at your current company, too. Many employees have found themselves better jobs within the company simply by suggesting a new way to do business better. What are you waiting for?
Have you ever landed a job that didn’t exist? Do you think naming your own position is a pipe dream or too forward? Or is it just forward thinking? Let us know your thoughts.