Looking for a Job? Here Is What You Need to Know

If you are looking for a job for the first time as a college graduate, or if you are in the midst of a job search after unemployment or a life transition, it’s important to know the new rules of finding a job in this economy. If your plan is to sit in your house or Starbucks, fill out applications online, and submit resumes, you’re already off on the wrong track. Your search must become people-centric, not resume and click centric. Here are some articles that I’ve written over the last two years to help you get started on your journey.

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  1. I completely agree. Of all the resumes I’ve sent via email or filled out via some online form I’ve only ever been contacted three or so times. That’s a terribly small fraction considering the large amount of resumes I’ve set out. That’s why I spend part of my day searching and submitting for jobs online and the rest of my time pounding the pavement. If I find an employer online, I will make note and make a physical appearance at the business and introduce myself to the manager. If the hiring manager has a real world impression to put with the resume it’ll make all the difference.

    Ironically, I wrote this at Pavillions while looking for a job.

  2. Jordan, thanks for commenting. Good job — I suggest that job hunters spend 80 percent of their day calling and emailing people they know, and 20 percent applying and searching for jobs online. Always lead with your self, not your resume. It’s harder work, but it pays off much better and quicker. Thanks for reading.

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