by associate contributor tmhwriter ~
With the Job Market so dire and the daily exponential increase of job seekers; perhaps hiring a good detective might be the best way to spend your money if you plan to pay for job search resources. Go ahead, laugh at that recommendation but let’s review some of the most common job search methods .
In order to be successful at job fairs, you have to be well prepared. Apparently there is a method to this madness. Randall S. Hansen, PHD, has identified ten keys to success.
1. Pre-Register, 2. Research, 3. Resumes, 4. Portfolios, 5. Attire, 6. Strategy, 7. Interviewing, 8. Intangibles, 9. Networking
10. Follow-up (quintcareers.com)
Admittedly, these are excellent, but what about the thousands of candidates you witness waiting in line just to register. Did your strategy include out foxing the competition which could very well be 4000 people? Maybe if you start a peer group, the group can work as a team during the job/career fairs. Four anxious minds might be better than one anxious one.
Registering with job boards such as : Dice, Monster, Linked-In, Ladders, USA.GOV, Snap.com, CareerBuilder Honestly, some of these job boards are great. Consequently, employers periodically use these tools to weed out potential job candidates. This is especially true for Linked-In which is essentially the professional equivalent to Facebook. What is really scary is the thought of these social media networks joining forces. Just think about the implications of that possibility.
Registering with Temp Agencies
Today, this method is nothing to snooze at, however; be prepared to work long-term as a temp or contractor with no vacation, sick, or holiday pay.
Career change vehicles
The catch phrase is retrain to seek the “new jobs”. You have seen the headlines, “The U.S Economy added 290,000 jobs in April” (Daily Finance, 2010). How often are these jobs outlined or identified? How can you retrain for jobs that are a mystery? What happens if you retrain for a job that is offshored in two years, will you be willing to retrain again?
A relatively old idea gaining new zeal is putting your face on a Billboard. The jury is still out but how comfortable are you with this method. Imagine your friends finding out you need a job this way. Wow, is that Suzie? I had no idea she wasn’t working. We better stay clear of her, she might ask us for ….
This is a novel ideal, however; beware of the multitude of scam artist that advertise they will clean you up, polish your resume, and open the doors to a great new career. In addition, there are so many gimmicks out even from a well known career websites. Case in point, here is a blurb from Monster.com “The new Monster Interviews app for your iPhone . Get expert advice and practical resources to help you prepare for your next job interview.”
You might have great success at using your own job hunting skills. A key thing to remember is make sure your research is current. For example , if your research incorporates reading books like What Color is your Parachute. , In 2002, According to the Author, “the number one worst job search method is trying to find a job on the Internet. The success rate for this method is about 4%. Out of every 100 job hunters who use the internet as a search method, four of them will a job if they use only this method to search for a job” (Odinstitute). Well, what does that say about the Job boards in the year 2011?? Luckily, there is an updated version , What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. The book is available on Amazon for a reasonable price $19.13 (Amazon.com) .
Considering all the methods, hiring a detective may be most successful and cost-effective strategy. Just tell the detective what type of job, corporate culture, and pay and see him/her work magic. A good detective should be able to tell you about details of the company not disclosed in annual reports. The detective should be able to tell you who the hiring managers are, their hiring history, and if the job is really available.
Indeed, this method isn’t for the faint of heart. If hiring a detective doesn’t make any sense to you, still be encouraged, maybe geared with the right information you will find a combination that works.