Even a fox can get a job guarding a henhouse if he has good enough references.
Internet job boards fill 13% of jobs, recruiters fill 4%, and referrals fill 26% of jobs according to one survey. So where do you want to concentrate your job hunting time?
But there are so many jobs on Monster, Dice and Career Builder, shouldn’t I try to get those jobs?
Absolutely! But that doesn’t mean you should automatically send a resume through those services.
22% of jobs are found on a company’s own website. Gotta like that. Still, don’t even apply at the company’s own website until after you have tried to take advantage of this country”s main job finding system: Networking into referrals.
Print out the jobs you want that you find on the internet. Make a list of the companies. Next to each company, make a list of people you know who work there. Include people who know someone who works there. Add a list of recruiters who can get your resume past HR (Human Resources) and directly to the hiring manager. Get into www.linkedin.com and see if you can find someone working at that company. (Link to firstname.lastname@example.org to expand your network.) Add the people at companies your are targeting to a list.
Your objective is to find someone who can drop your information on the hiring manager’s desk. Look at your whole list before you make a move. Who has the best chance of helping you? Who is the best connected? Is it a professional networker–a recruiter? Is it your friend’s wife? Get your resume in there and follow up. If you don’t get a call within a week, try again through another person.
26% of jobs are being filled by networking. 13% are being filled by recruiters. Shouldn’t networking and recruiters be your main job search tools?
Something To Do Today
List where everyone you know works, their spouses too. Keep adding to the list whenever you find out where someone works. Keep track of coworkers who leave. Start making a list of where everyone who knows you works. It may be worth more than gold to you now or in the future.