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STOP Trolling Job Boards Now!

“STOP trolling job sites and mailing resumes”, said an IT Director commenting on a blog post titled “Get a Job: The Craigslist Experiment”. In fact, the ‘experiment’ was highlighted in a Harvard Business Review blog. The exact statement was, “People need to get it through their thick heads to stop trolling job sites and mailing resumes!”

Over the last several weeks, seven people have called to ask for advice because they are not finding jobs even though they have been actively looking. When I asked about the method they were using to look, most said they were uploading their resumes on job boards. The problem here is that the majority of resumes submitted online disappear into a resume black hole.

Before anyone begins to lambast this IT Director, consider this: Many people hide behind job boards because it keeps them busy and gives the impression they are doing something. It’s like the proverbial rocking chair that keeps rocking, but isn’t going anywhere. The fact is, a job seeker may have the best laid out resume but if it is only being marketed through job boards, and not being seen by the decision-maker, then all efforts will be in vain.

That said, job boards should not be dismissed because they serve several purposes. They give job seekers a peek into which companies are hiring and what skill-sets they are looking for; they offer career advice in addition to job postings, and some specialize in specific fields, known as niche boards.

Recruiting Trends, an online community that offers industry insight about recruiting, states in a recent article, that “…top talent is rarely hired from a job board, alone. For job seekers, posting your resume to an online job board is on par with randomly emailing a general resume and cover letter to hundreds of companies – and then failing to follow up to make sure that the message was received.” Following up is important, and that’s where networking comes in. There is no need to break out into a cold sweat or scoff at the mere mention of networking, because it has a track record of success. Studies have shown that 60 to 85% of job opportunities are found through networking while the success rate through job boards is less than 10 percent.

As difficult as it seems, networking is important. Think of it as a research tool that helps to build relationships one person at a time. It requires that you develop an X-ray vision – a technique that targets several companies you’d like to work for – find someone who currently works for the company and begin to cultivate a relationship with that person.  The point is if an opportunity exists in any of these organizations, at least you would be on someone’s radar because you have already established a relationship.

Going back to the ‘group of seven’ mentioned earlier, after I had reviewed one person’s resume, I suggested that she eased out of her comfort zone and make some cold calls. She connected with the hiring manager at one company and heard he had received 600 resumes for the position for which she had applied. While she was uncomfortable making the call, her effort resulted in her resume being pulled from the pile and placed on the interview schedule. “That took guts”, she said, “but I had become so tired and frustrated that I felt I didn’t have anything more to lose”.

Not everyone is going to be that lucky but if she did not stretch herself and go beyond where she felt comfortable, chances are she wouldn’t have been called for an interview. It’s worth a try. Don’t keep doing the same thing over and again if you are not getting the results you seek. Social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) has become a dominant player in the hiring arena. Make sure to incorporate social media in your job search strategy, and place less emphasis on job boards.

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About 

I am Daisy Wright, an award winning certified career management and interview coach, author, and certified resume strategist. I collaborate with executives, managers, and mid-career professionals in all aspects of their career and job search to help them get hired FASTER! I am the Founder and Chief Encouragement Officer of The Wright Career Solution and quite passionate about diversity and inclusion and women's issues.

Website: www.thewrightcareer.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/daisywright
Twitter: @CareerTips2Go

About Daisy

I am Daisy Wright, an award winning certified career management and interview coach, author, and certified resume strategist. I collaborate with executives, managers, and mid-career professionals in all aspects of their career and job search to help them get hired FASTER! I am the Founder and Chief Encouragement Officer of The Wright Career Solution and quite passionate about diversity and inclusion and women's issues.

Website: www.thewrightcareer.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/daisywright
Twitter: @CareerTips2Go

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