Take Job Search Advice Even if You Don’t Like It

If you’ve been job hunting for months but have yet to land new work, you need job search advice. And you need to seriously consider this advice even if you don’t like what you’re hearing.

The fact is many talented, experienced and qualified people are out of work today because they’re too stubborn to admit that the way they are job hunting no longer works.

The way to find a job has changed. You can blame it on the nation’s high unemployment rate. You can blame it on social media. You can even blame it on the fact that hiring managers and executives, like everyone else holding down a job today, is overworked thanks to the skeleton staffs under which many companies are now operating.

Job Search Advice for the Weary

But you can’t argue this fact: The old ways of finding a job are no longer valid.

Don’t Resist the Power of Networking

Maybe the thought of networking makes your stomach roll. You don’t want to call former co-workers and ask them if they know of any possible job openings in your field. You’d rather not send e-mail messages to your former bosses asking for letters of recommendation. You don’t want to chat with friends and family members at social gatherings about your job search. And you most certainly don’t want to spend your evenings at job fairs or chamber of commerce social events.

But if you don’t do this simple networking, your chance of finding a job will fall dramatically. Just because you don’t like to do something, doesn’t mean that you can simply not do it and hope for the best, not if you want to find a new job.

Invest in Social Media

Maybe you’d rather not invest the time necessary to learn how to use social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook to their fullest capabilities. You can ignore the very correct job search advice that these tools are instrumental in finding work today. But if you do so, you’ll immediately cut yourself off from the most effective way of telling large amounts of people that you are actively looking for work.

Maybe you don’t want to practice answering sample interview questions. Maybe you think your resume is fine the way it is, no matter what everyone else tells you. Again, you can ignore the job search advice you are receiving, but you’ll only be hurting yourself.

Refining Your Job Search

The key to finding employment today lies in following every bit of good job search advice you receive today. And that holds true whether you like the advice or not.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WELQQCCAWXDFJK5YDLFSUL6UVE Ernest Christianson

    It’s good advice, and having been recently unemployed (now employed), I can vouch for the fact the best job opportunities aren’t in the classified ads. Most aren’t advertised at all. 

    Get out there in the fresh air and mingle with people. Volunteer at the local food bank. It was through helping out a friend of a friend that I got the job I have now! 

  • Maurice Juju

    Taking job search advice can seem like a bitter pill, yes. Glad I was humble enough to listen.

  • Ellenjent

    As you are getting out there, and really I don’t mean to sound crazy,  but wash your hands A LOT. I have been networking (4 – 6 events a month) and have have noticed that I have had to fight off three colds in the last 6 months. Its stressful enough to be unemployed, so your body is already weaken.  Thank goodness I eat and sleep adequately enough to have dodged the worst of this cold/flu season, but this is odd for me to get sick. Has any one else noticed this?

  • Juliet

    I would agree with everything what has been said. I’ve been unemployed myself for few months already and I had such stressful periods that it impacted my health. But then I realized I should awake and start doing something about it, not just hoping someone will give me a job. I got better and fully motivated to find a job! And I read a lot- I explore Internet, find quality posts like this one and I learn from each one of them. I think you brought up really good points, specially when you mentioned social media- it’s such a powerful tool and I heard so many people got employed via Facebook and LinkedIn. I now recall one recorded webinar I found on http://www.blog.ivyexec.com which was about usage of social media- was very interesting. Anyway, thanks a lot for this indeed concrete and useful post!