Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter confesses to have used job boards when he was still doing recruiting and was trying to find candidates for clients. Here, he encourages you to do the same… But not as much as you normally do.
I know you is in John Hunter are constantly being told not to use job boards to find work. I've use them. I think you should use them, too.
Job hunters over use them. They spend 80% of their time on job boards when, in fact, job boards, only fill AT BEST 30% of all positions.
So why do you do it? The answer is because most of you are lazy. Most of you try to take the easy way out instead of doing the hard work necessary to network to find a job.
You see, when I say I use job boards, I also would network aggressively, I do LinkedIn research. I reach out to any number of people. I do direct mail campaigns. I talk to absolute strangers. I blog. I created videos.. I create impressions with people. I publish the e-zines. Several podcasts. I do a lot of things for people to find me and the work that I do.
You don't do that.
If you're working full time, yes, you come home and do some things but are there 5 minutes in the day where you can network with someone? 5 MINUTES?? You don't take a break at some point for 5 minutes and reach out to someone you used to work with?
I don't buy this, "I don't have time" stuff. I'm working a lot and doing a lot of things. You can be doing that, too.
Don't take the easy way out because it doesn't really serve your career well.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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