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What is the best approach in job seeking given that most of hired jobs are not publicized but through internal networking?

Many people have been in the situation of getting no response when applying for jobs online. The truth is, although the Internet can be effective in finding employment, networking remains the best way to find a job. #networking #social-networking

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Paul’s Answer

You are right on the money when it comes to looking for a job. You have to expand your network so I would strongly suggest you establish an account on LinkedIn.com. This is a social media site for working professionals. Think of it as Facebook but without the nonsense, games, and silly videos. Once you set-up your account you can connect with professionals in your industry and also at the firms you would like to work at.

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Simeon’s Answer

Generally, outside of some entry level positions (but even including most of those), people get jobs because of who they know, not what they know. It's important to remember that you need to build bridges before you need them. If you find yourself in need of a bridge right now, it's already too late. One of the first things to remember with networking is that it's difficult to network above your employment level, meaning you'll have the easiest time networking with people who are just like you. Networking is more of a long-game thing. Once the friends you've made are doing better off, they are likely to turn around and help you find a position as well. Trying to network to managers and recruiters is not really different than a normal cold-call asking for job positions. Go to events if you can, but don't forget to reach out to the people that you already know. Try to build connections with people you have genuine chemistry and connection with if possible. It won't do you much good to go to a networking event and make generic small talk with people and then swap business cards. Think about how likely you would be to recommend someone like that for a job opening. How would you know you could recommend them at all? You need to find people you naturally connect with who will positively remember you and be excited to have you join their company some day.

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Shawn’s Answer

It's true not all jobs are publicized, but there are a ton that are on the internet. With that in mind, it's important to have the right strategy when job hunting. Here are some recommendations that have worked for me over the years:

Online Job Searching:
1. Just sending a resume in response to an ad does not work that great. Instead, try to determine if you know anyone that works at the organization. If you do, have them introduce you. If you have linkedin or another social media tool, perform a search for the company and look at the employees, and see if you're connected through your network.

  1. Target your searches - look for companies that are hiring for the role you are interested in. For example, if you're a doctor, look at hospitals and research firms in your area. Go through their sites, and even if you don't see a job that you're interested in, contact HR, and let them know what your background is, and they can be on the lookout for you.

  2. Search firms - Great resource, get to know them, and let them do the dirty work (smiling).

Job hunting should be fun, and you want to make sure you're always utilizing your network of friends, associates, and family members because the adage six degrees of separation is probably more like 2 or 3 degrees in this day and age.