Career Calling

December 5, 2013

Posting and Waiting

What’s the worst way to look for a job?  By waiting for someone to find you.  Job boards like Monster and CareerBuilder and social Media such as LinkedIn let us post our resumes, which is a good thing.  Some employers will use those tools to recruit employees.  However, most employers still expect prospective employees to come to them through networking or by answering a job post.

Posting your resume and waiting is called a passive job search.  As the name implies, you’re doing little to find the employer.  When you network and respond to job posts, you are conducting an active job search.  Job seekers who post and wait often get no calls.  Or they wait much longer to get a job than those who apply for jobs and do whatever they can to work their network.

When clients ask me about the best way to look for work, I say they should put a priority on networking while still applying to job posts and identifying companies that need their skills.  I do not tell them not to post on job boards, but that action should be a low priority.

LinkedIn is a little different than posting.  It’s important to have a good profile because some companies use it to double check your resume.  LinkedIn also offers several tools that enhance networking and enable posting for jobs.  Learn how to use this tool as part of an active job search.

The most important thing you can do to find a job is to know what you want and work hard to get it through an active job search.  If an employer happens across a resume you’ve posted or your LinkedIn profile, call yourself lucky.  Every job search involves some kind of luck.  The more you look for work in a focused, persistent manner, the luckier you will be.

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