Just Say “No” to Job Boards: Say “Yes” to Social Networking
A few weeks ago, while I was hanging out at an airport en route to Nicaragua for a cycling vacation, I happened to notice an interesting article about the importance of of networking when looking for a job (Unfortunately, I don’t recall the source).
Did you know that applying for jobs on Monster, CareerBuilder and the like could actually hurt your chances of landing a job? Apparently, some corporate recruiters regard those job seekers who rely on online applicants as losers. Yes, losers.
So, what does that mean? You have to rely on Linkedin, Twitter, etc. even more. Go ahead and connect with people at companies where you would like to work. Find out if you can have a few minutes of their time to find out key information and share what you have to offer.
Be sure to join groups to broaden your network to increase your odds of having Linkedin connections within your reach (2nd level).
Lastly, be visible online. Read the article How to Say ‘Look at Me!’ to an Online Recruiter which appeared in The New York Times by Phyllis Korkki. Recruiters and employers are looking for candidates who are technologically “with-it.”