A Better Way to Work a Job Search
Recently, I was scanning some posts in some LinkedIn groups written by job seekers who were soliciting their availability or skills with the hope that someone might come forward with the perfect career opportunity. Hypothetically, the posts could have been as follows:
- “I am relocating to San Francisco and I’m looking for a marketing position…. Does anyone know about any such jobs.” or
- “Please have a look at my resume or profile to see if you know a company who could use my skills and expertise.”
To me, it’s wishful thinking if you think this approach is going to work. Don’t expect much to materialize when you wait for the jobs to come to you.
At some point, whether you’re applying for jobs that are listed on job boards, being filled by recruiters, or beating the pavement on your own, you need to show that you can provide a valued service. See what Thomas Friedman, the respected journalist for the New York Times writes in his piece called, “How to Get a Job”. The importance of providing adding value, cannot be said enough.