By Heather R. Huhman For job seekers, the loads of advice found on the Internet is almost overwhe...
Heather Huhman talks about a few elements of the job search for which she indicates is typically "bad" advice. I'd like to zero in on one particular area she wrote about in the article.
Bad Advice: Networking is the only priority.
"Networking is a very essential part of the job search process, but if this is all you’re doing, you may not have a fruitful outcome. In some ways, landing a job is about who you know, but you must have the personality, skills, and knowledge to back that up!"
Although there are many things you have to do in your job search to be successful, networking should be one of the top priorities (if not THE top priority), both on-line and off-line. There are hundreds of elements to effective networking. You can pick the ones that fit your personality - but you must do it and I'll disagree with Heather - you have to make it your top priority.
80% or more of all jobs are in the "hidden job market". They don't get advertised. If you want to find these opportunities, you've got to move beyond sending your resume to the classified job advertisements in newspapers and job boards.
If you don't know how to network on-line and off-line, perhaps it's time to take a course, find a job search coach, invest in some personal learning.
If you can't put enough job leads into the top of your job search funnel, there is NOT going to be any opportunities to practice your interviewing, research, resume and cover letter writing on. So, getting enough consistent, abundant, great opportunities into the top of the funnel is the MOST important issue in conducting a job search. Everything else is secondary.
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