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5 Job-Search Techniques That May Be Outdated

While the “most effective” job-search techniques can never be written in stone, there are a number of methods that may be outdated and may hurt your chances of getting hired.

Consider the following, but go with your own instincts and find a happy balance between newer and older methods. You can never tell how “success” will find you. The following actions may not be as effective as they once were.

Apply for a Job Online

It may be that applying directly for a job online no longer has the same effect it did five years ago. Why? Because you may be competing against hundreds, maybe thousands of other online resume submissions.

Submit a Resume to an Old Job Posting

By the time a job gets published, it may have already been in circulation for a while. Word of mouth about a job opening can spread fast. And by the time the opening appears on the radar screen of some job seekers, top candidates may have already sent their resume and cover letter. Become proactive in your efforts. Get to know the people who make the hiring decisions. Consider cold calling.

Mass-Mail Unsolicited Resumes

This tactic may not be a good idea, because it can waste a lot of precious time and money on your behalf. It can also irritate those who make the hiring decisions. To them, it may have the same effect as junk mail. Blasting emails will likely produce the same results.

Dial Down Your Efforts During the Holidays

If you’re thinking of dialing back your job-search activities during the holidays, you may want to give it a second thought. Consider the sheer number of people who may have the same job-search philosophy as you. The holidays are actually the time of year when workloads slow down and hiring managers have time to sort through resumes. Get busy during the holidays.

Assume There Are No Jobs Available Where None Are Posted

Job opportunities can appear from nowhere. Never assume because a job isn’t posted that it doesn’t exist. You may have skills that are the perfect fit for a company’s agenda; they may just not be aware that your skills are needed. Stay alert and keep your eyes and ears open. Ask questions and be inventive. Your career may depend upon it.

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