Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
The most important tool in getting a job is who you know. Even in the 21st century, the sad truth is that the majority of jobs are filled not be meritious selection of the most qualified candidate from a blind review of resumes, but by the recommendation of someone who knows someone. Sure there are jobs to be had from the hopeful submission of an unguided random resume, but they are far and few between. The age-old adage of it’s not what you know, but who you know still holds true today. In fact, it is true whether you are applying for a blue-collar trade job or a white-collar executive position. This advice holds true whether you are applying to McDonalds or a fortune 500. Now before you label me an internet tech junkie simply advocating the recent glories of social networking, I would remind you that the “good ole boy” system has existed long before anyone ever thought of twitter or face book. So, what can you do to enhance your position? You can engage in PDSN (Purpose Driven Social Networking). What does that mean? It means you network socially for a specific purpose with intensity and focus on a singular goal. Career advisors and life coaches have advised people for decades now that they need to actively social network within their profession in order to be aware of better opportunities that come along or to prepare for unexpected career changes. They have advised you to join professional organizations and to make yourself known to your peer group. I don’t discount that as bad advice. It simply is insufficient in this economy if you are unemployed. If you find yourself unemployed, you have to take own a guerilla warfare mentality to seeking a job. I urge you to actively, unashamedly create a social network of people looking for employment for you. In this modern age, there is little to no social stigma to being unemployed. So shake off any false chains of embarrassment and get started. Start with your family. Tell everyone you can that you are unemployed, that you are looking for a job and what your skill set is. Next move on to your friends, your face book friends, your twitter followers, your Sunday school class, and any group of people you have regular contact with. Remember your purpose is to get a job! You should be DRIVEN toward that purpose. That means you ask people, all people, do you know of anyone hiring for a job like what I am looking for? Do you know someone who would know? Social networking has been described as dropping a pebble into calm water and watching the waves oscillate outward. If you are unemployed, you need to throw boulders into the water and surf the waves as far out as they will carry you! Start blogging about yourself and your skill set and direct EVERYONE you know to your blog! Don’t stop until you get a job!