Monday, December 3, 2012

Beware of the Big Job Sites!

How are you approaching your job search?  If you are like many job seekers, you are focusing your efforts on finding and applying for job leads posted on the big job sites.  This is not the best approach.  While you can't ignore these sites, they shouldn't be your primary method of looking for a job.  Here are some reasons why:

Most jobs aren't advertised there.  The vast majority of job vacancies are never advertised on  job sites.  Most are filled through networking, or are posted on the company website.  If you are spending all of your time on the big job sites, you will miss a lot of opportunities.

There is lots of competition.  Since so many people use the big job sites to look for a job, there is an enormous level of competition.  For every job advertisement, the employer receives hundreds of applications.  It is easier to stand out when you're using other methods to find a job. 

It can be discouraging.  Because most jobs aren't advertised, the job sites provide a negative picture of the labour market.  Although the situation may not be as bleak as it appears, it is discouraging to look at the sites and see no jobs available in your field. 

The job advertisements may be misleading, or could even be scams.  Since the job sites are not responsible for screening the employers or the job advertisements, you always need to be careful.  Do your own research, never give an employer or agency any money, and trust your intuition; if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

It gives the feeling of being productive, without being effective.  You can respond to job advertisements all day long, for weeks on end, and still not get any interviews.  However, since you are busy, it distracts you from the fact that you aren't achieving your desired results. If you haven't received an interview after a month of job searching, then you need to do something different. 

Finding a job is not easy.  While it is less threatening to browse the job sites while sitting in your pajamas, it is the slowest way to find a job.  Get dressed, get out there, and start talking to people, and before long you will have developed some valuable leads. 

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