Searching for a job today is a lot different than it was just a few years ago. There was a time that people scoured the classified section in the newspaper for job advertisements and mailed a hard copy of their resume to employers for consideration. Times have changed, but many job seekers are slow to adapt.
If it has been several years since you last conducted a serious job search, take note.
Today most jobs are located through networking. Yes, good old fashioned connecting, engaging, inquiring, and discovering reigns over job advertisements (most of which are now online). Studies have suggested that up to 80% of jobs are landed through networking, whereas it is estimated that less than 10% of jobs are secured through online job boards.
Yet, even though online job boards are not proving to be very fruitful, technology still plays heavily in today’s modern job search. Gone are the traditional paper copy resumes as more and more employers use ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) for job seekers to upload their updated, branded, ‘lean and clean’ resumes into. And even though networking reigns supreme in landing a new job – a massive portion of it occurs online through social media and professional networking sites like LinkedIn.
Ultimately, if you want to be a forward-thinking job seeker you need to embrace and leverage the power of technology and networking. As the saying goes: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.” If you don’t yet have a LinkedIn profile – it is time to get one. If you don’t know what ATS is – you need to research it. If you are using outdated career tools (resume and cover letter) – seek assistance preparing new ones. And, if you are spending hours scouring online job boards – focus on tapping into your network instead, both online and offline.
Show employers that you are a modern professional comfortable with technology and current job search trends; they likely expect it.
Networking is Still the Best Way to Find a Job – Survey Says: http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2011/06/07/networking-is-still-the-best-way-to-find-a-job-survey-says/
Successful Job Search Networking: http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/networking/a/networking.htm
Job boards Still Sucking Wind: http://www.cmo.com/articles/2012/9/10/job-boards-still-sucking-wind.html
80% of Jobs Landed Through Networking: http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/80-of-today-s-jobs-are-landed-through-networking
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