I recently spent some pretty valuable time (to me at least) counseling a job seeker who reached out. I do that a lot–helping someone who has emailed me with some valid question. I actually spend too much time doing so–seeing as how I don’t get paid for my time. [Read more…]
I was speaking yesterday to a job search/networking group and one of the questions came up regarding the best way to get ‘found’ during your job search. By far the most effective way of landing your next position is personal networking within your industry. That Rolodex or LinkedIn group you have spent all this time creating has exceptional value to a job seeker. The number I repeat during my presentations is that 60-80% of all jobs are found through networking. I have NO idea where these numbers come from but I like them, I believe them and repeat them. Just makes sense, doesn’t it?
The reason for this post is that I find job search “professionals” like to disclaim the value that job boards (especially corporate job boards), other online sources and staffing companies have in the job search process. And to this I often respond that you are “only looking for one job”–so what difference does it matter where that job comes from?
To further support my thoughts on this I always mention my friends Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin, the founders and proprietors of one of the most intelligent employment websites around: CareerXRoads.com. Their commentary is priceless and, as a bonus, their primary audience is the HR professional. As a job seeker I have to tell you that having an insight into the world of HR and how HR professionals think is invaluable. Visit their site and seek out their latest (annual) Source Of Hire survey. Very much worth the time if you are wondering how to best spend your time (your principle resource) during job search. [Read more…]
I have recently reconnected with Aly Adair, an old friend who contributes to Yahoo! Finance. I found this particular posting on an eyes-wide open approach to her (successful!) job search worth passing along.
Aly Adair on Yahoo! Finance for your review and consideration.
Cheers and Good (Job) Hunting!
[The following is the April 2011 Park University Career Column.]
Park University April 2011
Do you have any idea how much work it takes to create a title for a book? A job-search book no less!
I hated the title of my first book (Really Useful Job Search Tactics); I’m not fond of the title of my current book (The Real Secret to Finding a Job? Make Me Money or Save Me Money!) so I thought I had really come up with a beauty of a name for my new book when just about everyone I know informed me how bad it was. Arrrrgh!
So I’m going to give you the title my next book would have been but won’t: “The Second Shoe Interview.” Well, I liked it but as I have already mentioned I got shot down simply because the title would require extensive branding and nobody knows who I am as it is! So why “Second Shoe Interview” and what has that got to do with job search and this column?
I sometimes tell a story in my presentation about the sales guy who persisted over several years to get an appointment with a corporate buyer. Regardless of how hard he tried he could not get this woman to make the time to see him. Based in New York City she was a genuine “Master of the Universe” in the cosmetics industry and had enough clout to make or break a company. [Read more…]