The Simple Truth About Finding A Job
As the chart shows, a job search consists of four activities: answering ads, pitching your network, contacting target employers and using recruiters. You do more or less of each of the four depending on whether you think it's a good use of your time.
If you have a large and well-connected network, you'll want to devote much of your job search time to using and building your network.
If you have an ahead-of-the-pack work history, are currently employed, and looking for work similar to what you're currently doing, it's worth answering a bunch of on-target ads and contacting recruiters.
If you're out of work and/or a career changer, you'll want to spend little time answering ads. The standard recommendation is to try to convince employers that you have "transferrable skills -- skills used in another context would be applicable on his job. But in today's tight market, that works poorly. If the employer or recruiter wanted someone with little direct experience, rather than going through the rigmarole of placing an ad and screening oodles of applicants, she or he would have hired his cousin.
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The San Francisco Bay Guardian called Dr. Nemko "The Bay Area's Best Career Coach" and he was Contributing Editor for Careers at U.S. News where he now also blogs. His sixth and seventh books were published in 2012: How to Do Life: What They Didn't Teach You in School and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Proposals for a Better America. More than 1,000 of his published writings are free on www.martynemko.com. He posts here weekly.
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