I have friends and family who live for Black Friday. They love getting up at 2:00 a.m. and fighting the crowds for those amazing sales. I don’t know about you, but I am still in my Turkey coma at that time and want to sleep. For me, this experience rates right above my dislike for rush hour traffic and grocery shopping after work. CROWDS! I want to shop when the stores are quiet, the selection is great, and the odds of me receiving great service are high.
If you are anything like me when it comes to shopping, then ask yourself if you prefer the same experience in your job search?
Job boards are great, but think of the volume of people sitting in the comfort of their homes surfing the Internet and applying for jobs? It’s mind-boggling. And be sure to not forget about the number of people applying for these jobs who aren’t even qualified.
Serious job seekers are shopping for something very targeted and want great service—they want to be noticed. How do you expect to be noticed in the crowded database of applicants if all you do is just apply for jobs online?
The solution for a high selection and high service job search experience is to do it the old fashioned way: personal interaction. Talk to people, and I mean real people with your voice. In our technology age of texting, this concept might seem a bit foreign, but it’s tried and true. Pick up the telephone, share a cup of coffee with a subject matter expert, attend a reception, it doesn’t matter. Just get in front of people.
Online resources should primarily be used as a research tool when it comes to seeking employment. Speaking with people and building relationships render the best job selection and best service.
Quality, Service, Selection = Time, Relationships, Networking = Succesful Job Search Experience.