I love the internet. It is fantastic to know that I can get anything at my disposal anytime. The internet has opened us all up to new and exciting ways of running our lives. But what about using the internet for job searching? Many of us assume this is the most effective job search technique out there for landing your next job. There are hundreds and maybe even thousands of listings out there; one of them should be for me…right?
The quick answer is NO. Unfortunately the statistics don’t show that online job boards is how most people find jobs. So what job search technique works the best and why? Glad you asked. The following is a list of the top three methods of finding a new job and how effective they are. I will also go into why they work.
1. Connecting with a hiring manager personally (70% of time) – this is by far the most effective way to find your new job. I am a hiring manager now and know a bunch myself. One of the most important parts of my job is locating the right people for my team. As a manager I am typically thinking about how I can anticipate my future needs whether it be with my projects or my people. I have a couple of jobs in mind for someone right now. We don’t quite have the budget for them but without these people in place it makes my job much tougher. If someone would approach me and suggest they help me with one of my projects, I bet I could find the resources to hire them. I don’t like pain. Most managers don’t either. Connect with hiring managers and open up the “hidden job market”.
If you don’t believe this one, find 10 of your friends or family members and ask them how their found their last job. I did this in group of 16 men a few weeks ago. All but one of them found their last job because of someone they knew. I bet you will find the same results in your search.
2. Advertised job opportunities (25%) – These are everywhere from the internet to newspapers. These are the jobs in the public eye where everyone who is looking knows about them. The key to getting one of these is to be a perfect fit (I mean every details of the job description) and one of the first few to apply. Some postings get thousands of applicants. Do you think they go through all of them? Don’t bet on it. Be perfect. Be first and you will succeed.
3. Create a job for yourself in a growing company (5%) – This can happen. If you ask the right questions of a growing company’s executive ranks you might be able to create an opportunity where there never was one. This is a little riskier but it does happen. I had it happen once in my career and it was one of the best jobs I have ever had.
At the end of the day the most effective job search techniques are only mastered if you can get out there and meet people. It doesn’t have to be industry specific networking sessions. It can be anyone you know or knows of you. It can also be a stranger if you get the proper introduction. Your friends and family know people and so do you. Get out of your comfort zone a little and ask good questions. You will find help if you look for it.
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