Career Calling

May 13, 2014

Make Your Job Search Active

 

Too many people have the wrong idea about how to look for work.  They update their LinkedIn profile and wait for a call.  They send their resume to some recruiters, and then they wait.  It’s time to stop waiting.

 

Career coaches have a name for the kind of job search that relies on waiting:  the passive job search.  Workers on all levels — entry to executive — find a new job faster and get more offers when they perform an active job search.  This method requires that the job seeker take charge and look for the job him or her self.  It’s hard to make the contacts needed for networking or spend nearly an hour to fill out an online job post, but that’s the best way to reach employers and market your skills.  Track what you’ve done to move your job search forward.  When you get stuck, try to find new ways to locate and contact potential employers.  Looking for work is hard and often frustrating.  However, if you follow a passive job search because it’s easy, the only thing you might achieve is waiting for the phone to ring.  Get active.

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