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Stop Depending On Job Boards
Nothing can be further from the truth. Job seekers, you must quickly learn to stop depending on submitting resumes to job boards as your primary source to find jobs. If nothing from nothing leaves nothing, it doesn't matter how many job boards you decide to join... nothing from nothing will still give you guess what? Nothing!
Did you know that nearly 80% of ALL available jobs are UNADVERTISED? For many of you, by the time you apply for an advertised job, it's already too late because the employer was waiting for you when you were waiting for them to post a job advertisement. Yes that's right... if you are completely depending on the traditional way to apply for jobs, you are making the decision to bypass nearly 80% of the available unadvertised jobs in the Hidden Job Market. Those employers may never know that you are out there.
Remember This: Employers can't hire you if they don't know that you even exist!
I know it stings to hear that statement. Especially for those of you who work tirelessly day and night to find work; however, the truth is, you need to find out about those hidden jobs and set up an interview for yourself before they run an ad. While this can't be done with all employers, you have to trust me... it is much more effective than simply relying on most job board postings.
Job boards are not useless. In fact, if used correctly, they can help your job hunting process; however, only a few people know how to take advantage of job boards and use them properly. Job boards are not meant to simply join and submit a resume. Surprised by this? You shouldn't be.
Remember These Words: If you don't figure out how to find jobs before they become publicly available, and before a zillion people push you aside as they rush to submit their resumes, you might as well continue what I call "insane job hunting" by continuing to do the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results each time.
Here's a Quick Job Tip: Searching for a job on a job board should be used as a form of research, rather than simply applying for a job. For example, if you notice Company A is hiring a lot of warehouse workers (e.g. forklift operators, pickers & packers, general labor, etc.) you should use that information as a leverage to contact the employer (for example) and sell them on your warehouse management skills. Who knows? They might need someone. After all, this is what professional recruiters do all the time when trying to get new job orders.
Here's another Quick Job Tip: Instead of allowing a job board to direct you to the employers' website to complete an online application, pick up the phone and contact the hiring authority and inquire about the job opening. You will have to do a little bit of homework to source names, get to the proper department, and develop a plan on how you will present yourself; however, your results will be far greater than simply submitting a resume and crossing your fingers.
Moving forth, do not put all your eggs in one basket by simply submitting a resume to a job board and hoping for a miracle. Learn how to market yourself in a tough economy, access the hidden job market, and set up your own job interviews!