Which of These Claims About Job Hunting is True?
Networking is the most effective way to find a job.
A well crafted resume is the most effective marketing tool.
Recruiters know where all of the best jobs are.
Truth is, for some people, networking is how they’ve found good jobs. Of course, finding a good job is important, but actually getting it is a whole different, critical challenge.
For most people, a resume is their only real marketing tool. Unfortunately, today employers use resumes to screen people out. Unless you are seeking a lateral move to one of your company’s main competitors, chances are your resume will not survive the screening process. Age, education, job hopping, unemployment, self employment, under-employment are some of the main things that are commonly used to eliminate applicants from the hiring process.
Consider this: a resume is about the past, yet employers are concerned about the future - and you, as a job hunter are also focused on the future. Wouldn’t it make sense then, that your personal marketing tactics should therefore likewise be focused on the future?
Successful recruiters do know about some good job openings - at least the ones they’ve been asked to recruit someone for. However, most of their clients hire them to recruit someone that is currently employed in the same or a similar position in their industry. They aren’t interested in hearing from active job hunters.
If you have a lot of networking contacts, you might well learn about a good job opening and valuable intelligence about the employer and the hiring authority, but it’s unlikely that you’ll get an interview without first sending a resume and getting past the screening process.
Resumes are an antiquated marketing relic from the 1960’s that just make it easy to eliminate even people that could actually handle a given position very well. Everyone has experience, and competing on the basis of “me too, only more” hardly gives you a unique advantage in the mind of a hiring authority whose main interest is “what can you do for me?”.
Recruiters can often be very helpful provided that they contacted you first.
Making a smart career move is a solvable marketing problem. Should every job hunter get professional assistance to get the best solution possible? There’s certainly much to say for it. Faster, better results, and inoculation against a potential outbreak of the Heebie jeebies are some of the main benefits.
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