3 Creative Job Search Tactics

Many smaller foreclosure clean up businesses get work from larger mortgage field services companies. The trash-out and foreclosure clean up industry is on the rise, as is evident in foreclosure industry reporting data from sources like RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosures. According to RealtyTrac, 3,825,637 foreclosure filings were reported in 2010 on U.S. properties. That's a double digit increase from the year 2008.

Foreclosure clean up companies handle the clearing out, cleaning up and ongoing interior and exterior maintenance of homes that have been foreclosed upon by banks and mortgage companies. Services offered by foreclosure clean up companies can include a wide spectrum of services, well beyond cleaning. Services offered by these businesses include cleaning, debris removal, painting, minor repairs, lawn maintenance, applying tarps to roofs and full roof repairs, pressure washing, gutter cleaning, one-time and ongoing inspections, vehicle removal, tree cutting, winterization, lock changing, window and door boarding, and more.

Many smaller foreclosure clean up companies get work from property preservation companies. While there are a plethora of property preservation companies in existence, it can be a time-consuming process signing up with all of these entities. The best way to start getting work is to establish your business with the proper license, insurance, and equipment.

Often a business occupational license from your county's County Clerk Office is what is needed. Each county is unique, so call your government office that handles business licensing in your county to find out what type of license you will need based on the services you choose to offer.

Next, contact a local insurance agency and discuss your business so you can best determine the type of coverage your company will need. At minimum, you will need liability insurance coverage. Also plan to discuss securing workmen's compensation insurance and the appropriate coverage for your vehicle.

There are a few routes you can take when it comes to getting equipment for your business. You can either a) purchase equipment, b) rent equipment, or c) use the equipment you already have on hand in your garage or basement to start your business. Plan equipment based on the services you plan to offer in your business.

If you niche your services, or offer one-stop shop services based on subcontracting or referring out services, you will need limited equipment to start. However, if you choose to become a one-stop shop and do everything yourself, you will need more equipment. Keep this in mind as you plan your business and equipment needs.

After you have properly researched the industry, planned your business and marketing strategies, secured proper license and insurance, and have your equipment needs in order, it will be time to start signing up for work.

The best way to start is to register your business with larger property preservation companies. Below is a list of five large property preservation companies. Contact them for their vendor packets and start signing up your company so you're part of their databases.

A national property preservation and inspection company founded in 1986. (Website: mcs360 DOT com)

Cyprexx is a national field services business that provides property preservation, inspection, repair and maintenance services to some of the largest financial organizations, government institutions, asset management corporations, and brokers in the U.S. (Internet Address: cyprexx DOT com)

This company has been in business for more than 40 years providing property preservation, inspection, and REO management-related services. (Website: fivebrms DOT com)

Field Asset Services is an REO asset management servicing and property preservation company responsible for more than 7.3 billion dollars in residences on behalf of almost 30 major nationwide clients. They regularly care for 120,000 plus properties. (Site: fieldassets DOT com)

LAMCO has been in existence since 1989 providing residential REO asset management and outsourcing solutions for national lending institutions, banks, servicers, and investment firms. (Web: lendersreo DOT com)

When you register your foreclosure clean up business with these large property preservation companies, be prepared to show proof of insurance, business registration, and quite possibly be prepared to take a property preservation quiz. Most of these quizzes are straight-forward tests that simply judge your comprehension of basic industry terms and tasks. Much of the test information is quickly available online -- if you don't already know it.

Remember, once you get registered with these companies and your credentials check out, these larger entities can provide your company with bulk foreclosure cleaning work for years to come.

Much success registering your REO trash-out business with these companies for foreclosure clean up jobs!

For a larger list of property preservation companies and other key businesses with which to register for foreclosure cleaning and REO trash-out work (with direct vendor job links), see the Property Preservation & Real Estate Industry Contracting and Subcontracting Directory.

It’s a fact: the best jobs attract loads of competition. So it pays to do whatever you can to stand out as a persistent, creative candidate, one that any sane employer would love to hire.
But how can you do that, in this impersonal age of email, chat rooms and mega job sites?
Easy. Just do what has worked for others.
Here are 3 mini case studies from job hunters who got hired by creatively persisting and going after the positions they really wanted.
How can you emulate them?
1) Follow up creatively and get them talking
“I remember one job seeker trying to transition from geologist into a position as a copywriter in an advertising agency,” recalls Elizabeth Laukka, National Recruiter for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Minneapolis.
“He sent me a resume and work portfolio, then a few days later sent a follow-up note with a stone attached, that read: ‘I am tired of being taken for granite in my current industry,'” says Laukka.
Now, you may or may not love puns, but you have to love what happened next …
“His persistence stood out from a creativity standpoint. But more than that, he took the trouble to find out the name of the hiring manager and sent him the same excellent resume, portfolio and follow-up rock,” says Laukka.
So, not only did this candidate show creativity by sending stones in the mail, he started a conversation at the agency by mailing his materials to two people: the HR person and the hiring manager. This got them both talking to each other.
Did it work?
“We offered him the job,” says Laukka.
2) Prove your enthusiasm by showing up, and showing up, and …
Enthusiasm is a wonderful kind of wild card that can trump potential negatives in the minds of employers. And it can get you hired.
Here’s proof …
“I was hiring manager at a retail business, looking for a ‘mature’ individual for a customer service position,” says Los Angeles-based job search expert David Portney (Confidencenow.com/secret.htm)
“A lot of applicants came in, but none really fit. Among them was a young man named Michael. He was dressed to impress, had a charming and polite demeanor, but he didn’t match my ‘mature’ requirement, so I turned him away,” says Portney.
But Michael didn’t take “No” for an answer.
“A couple of days later, Michael came back, and politely asked: ‘Have you filled the position yet?’ I told him that I appreciated his follow-up, but that he did not fit the position. He thanked me for my time and left,” says Portney.
This didn’t stop Michael.
He came back a few days later … and was again turned away. So Michael came back a third time. Mildly exasperated, Portney started to show him the door, but Michael dropped a bomb.
“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘I realize I’m not the ideal candidate. But I want to tell you this — I think this store is fantastic and I’d be very proud to work here. If you give me the opportunity to prove myself, I’ll be one of the best, most reliable employees you’ve ever had,” says Portney.
“I was so impressed that I hired him on the spot. And he proved to be a hard-working employee who delivered stellar customer service that was great for business! He even worked his way into a managerial position,” says Portney
(How many times have YOU stopped at the first “No”? Michael didn’t. And he got hired. Food for thought.)
3) Prove your skills by following up
If you’re applying for a job in which follow-up is important, such as sales, your persistence after submitting your resume can lead to more interviews.
So says Dale Gustafson, Manager for Bloomington, Minn.-based Management Recruiters International.
“For individuals applying for a sales job, tracking down the hiring authority and calling them can be effective. Because any good sales person should excel at finding and cold calling decision makers. So if I am recruiting on a sales position and I get a call from someone who has submitted a resume, I will take the call,” says Gustafson.
Does it work?
“I have submitted sales candidates to clients that I otherwise would not have, because they called me following up on their resume. Of course, the candidate must say more than, ‘What’s happening with my resume?’ I expect a polished sales presentation about why they feel this may be the right position for them,” says Gustafson.
So there you have it. Three success stories you can learn from to find your next job faster.
Now, go out and make your own luck!