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Great post. Can't agree more with #3. Got out there and create what you want! Make informational meetings, go to networking events! If you really want it you'll do it with out thinking twice. In the mean while you're probably applying to more jobs that you ever thought you would. How are you staying organized during your job search? Traditionally people have used spreadsheets to keep track of their applications, today there is a free job search management website. Easily manage your job search from one location and with tools like passwords storage and follow up reminders you will never miss a beat in your job search again.

November 14 2012 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Other than being more competitie and more tecnelogical, the job market today is similar to what it has always been. If you can prove that you will fill a need that a company has you will get the job. You cant be lazy you have to do your homework, you need to know what the compay needs and how your skill set can fill those needs. We hired a guy that came to us when we needed help with our healthcare crm. He proved to us that he could fill exactly what we needed and got the job.

October 03 2012 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Very well stated points, JT. They are critical to anyone who is in job search mode.

Please allow me to add to the conversation -- as a small business owner of 22 years -- with what I learned over the past year when, to qualify for a short sale of my home without going into default, I had to interview for positions around the US.

First, I had a hiring manager tell me he had a "void," not a job, to fill. That meant there was no one perfect candidate. it didn't matter what credentials I or anyone else brought to the situation. What mattered most was the changing landscape of needs inside his enterprise and how he was able to address them. Ultimately, after spending several days visiting with him onsite, he scoped the position much smaller than what he and I discussed as being possible. And he elected to hire someone who only had that skill set and nothing more. This was invaluable to me -- I learned a lot about the firm, the industry, and this man who I will continue to stay in touch with over time.

Second, I love brokering recruiters on the management side of the house (there are also many in IT). They often have immediate needs to fill and tend to be very responsive. Which means you have to write to them as soon as they post an opening. More than 50 percent of the time, I've gotten screened through to hiring managers for conversations. Each time I learned something more about the industries and functions within which I do work. Being a strategist, this was wonderful competitive intelligence info I couldn't get elsewhere.

As well, make friends with these brokers. A few really do have your best interest in mind. On the other hand, I found traditional recruiters and head hunters do not. I found one broker who has gotten to know my advanced skill set so well that he actually found a CEO for me to talk to about creating a role that would merge what my firm does with his. While I've no idea where this might lead, I know we are both benefiting from the conversations because we bring varied and different expertise to the table.

Thanks so much for allowing me to share my experiences relative to the points you raised.

June 28 2012 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You didn't birth all of our Soldiers in out Military and Police Officers on the street. Most of them come from the Middle, Working of Poor of our social classes which you are treasonously destroying!. Do you think they will kill their parents and friends?

June 16 2012 at 7:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Actually employers will soon have an even bigger problem? Getting to work every day without having to worry about dying!!

June 16 2012 at 7:12 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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