Friday, October 07, 2005
The internet and your job search
Blogs are subjective. There’s no way to get around that fact. But sometimes they’re more obviously and blatantly biased, as you’ll find with today’s topic. I have OPINIONS on doing an internet job search.
On the positive side, the internet offers speed and possibilities. At your fingertips. Personally, I love it. It’s the first place I go to research most things.
And, on the good side, I actually know people who’ve gotten jobs, good enough to actually be referred to as professional positions, and they found them on the internet. E.g. just as I was about to trash a major job posting board, my very own nephew, who limited his search to that self same job board and, contrary to my advice, used nothing else in his job search, found a job through that service. Well, shut my mouth. I tempered my critical remarks after that, at least for a while.
Soooooo, yes, use the Internet for your search. Major job boards, great. Google searches work pretty well too. Just plug in type of position and location and see what comes up. In fact, if you know a reference librarian, make use of their searching brilliance as well.
But, by all means, don’t limit your search to just the internet.
Here’s why I feel so strongly about that. I see far too many people who are Totally Discouraged. Feel alone, forsaken, depressed. You name it. Because they’ve been sitting home for 3 months and conducting their search in isolated cyberspace. And the results have been nothing/nada/nix. Three months down the drain.
What do we talk about when they come in? Expanding their job search, for one thing. Exploring more fruitful ways to look. And we always start by setting a new Day One—new beginning to allow them to put those dark and lonely months behind them.
So, there you have it. Do I have an opinion about the internet and job searching? You bet. Use it but, by all means, don’t stop there!