Career Calling

November 15, 2011

There’s No One Way to Get Hired

Clients often ask me, “What’s the best way to get hired.”  The simple answer is networking, and I strongly recommend that clients make networking their first priority.  However, finding a job is never that easy.  Some clients get hired by responding to job postings or by posting their resume on job boards such as Careerbuilder or Monster.  Some people transition from part-time/temporary to full-time positions.  Others are placed by recruiters.

Just as job seekers don’t follow one path, employers use diverse means to source, evaluate, and hire employees.  Some take an active role in identifying and pursuing talent.  Others ask existing employees for referrals.  Many still collect and review resumes.  The same company may recruit different positions in different ways.

It’s impossible to have a one size fits all approach to finding a job.  The best kind of job search employs several methods. Some employers will miss you (or you miss them) because they are looking for employees in a way that is different from the way you are looking for employers.  That will happen.  Factor it into your search.  Stay patient, positive, and active.  It’s not an easy solution, but it’s also the most realistic way to find a good job.

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