In my post last week I mentioned an acquaintance who was nostalgic for the good old days of job search, when “all you had to do was look in the Sunday paper.” I want to make clear that I wasn’t criticizing or mocking this person; in fact six years ago, when I was laid off by the company I’d worked for 20+ years, I was thinking the same thing: Wow, job search sure has changed. As I really got into the process however, I was surprised, and I mean in a good way, at all the resources that are available to a job seeker.
One resource, of course, is the internet. LinkedIn, the job boards, the blogs and other social media are all good ways of connecting with people, building your network and (sometimes) finding job openings that are a good fit for your skills. You can set up Google alerts to notify you when a target company is in the news. I’ve even heard that people are finding opportunities on Twitter!
What I didn’t realize, or expect, when I found myself in job search in 2008, was all the other things a job seeker can do to connect with people and put themselves on the “radar screen” of hiring managers. If you’re looking for ways to broaden your network and energize your job search, get out from behind the computer and connect with people face to face. Toastmasters, Rotary, and local Chambers of Commerce are all good examples of organizations where you can get involved and meet people who are otherwise outside your usual network.
What I didn’t expect is that for a savvy, energetic and creative job seeker, these really are the good old days.
Kimberly Hanes is a writer with a passionate love for words and ideas and extensive experience in business communications and event planning.
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