Consider Job Proposals as Part of Job-Search Strategy

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“Job proposals are on the rise,” notes the white paper, Findings of 2010 Global Career Brainstorming Day: Trends for the Now, the New & the Next in Careers. A job proposal is focused on [a] company’s challenges and how the [candidate] would define the milestones, solve the problems, and deliver the desired results,” the white paper says. The white paper notes that executives use job proposals, often “during the interview or as a leave-behind or follow-up.” Sometimes, employers ask candidates for documents like these proposals — for example a 30-, 60-, and/or 90-day plan for what the candidate would tackle and accomplish upon starting the job. But job-seekers can also consider a job proposal before ever getting to the interview stage. A job proposal is akin to a cold-contact cover letter, but is more specific and detailed. Where a cold-contct letter is often on a prospecting mission — endeavoring to determine if the employer has any vacancies — the job proposal often suggests the employer create a position for the job-seeker based on how he or she would tackle the employer’s issues. “These presentations communicate the instant message that the job-seeker is already engaged with the company, the people, the products, and — most importantly — the solutions and strategies to take the company into the future,” the white paper notes. An excellent resource on job proposals is Denise Bissonette’s Beyond Traditional Job Development: The Art of Creating Opportunity. The book was written for job developers, but it’s equally helpful to job-seekers. Also conduct a Google search on the term “job proposal” for guidelines and samples. The brainstorming day was held in December 2010 by the Career Thought Leaders Consortium, publishers of the white paper.

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