Job Search or Root Canal? You Choose

Job Search or Root Canal? You Choose

So, you’ve found yourself in the job market again. Perhaps it is of your own choosing, or perhaps you never thought this could happen to you.

Regardless of how you got here, the fact is…you’re here. And perhaps you are thinking that a root canal would be preferable to looking for a job.

At least they give you drugs at the dentist office.

There are some similarities: with both the root canal and the job search, you’ll feel much better when it’s over; you’ll also be very sensitive during either process.

The main difference, as I see it, is that they give you drugs to help you through the root canal. You’re going to have to face the job search without pain medication (I don’t recommend self-medicating).

If you haven’t been in the job market for some time, you may not realize that the way people go about getting great jobs has certainly changed. Notice I said great jobs – that is what you’re looking for, isn’t it?

There are four job searching realities you really must accept in order to move successfully into your next career role. In this article, I want to address the most important reality.

Job boards can’t be the only tool in your arsenal.

Reality #1: Your job search cannot be focused solely on looking at job boards.

Here’s what you’re doing: you’re looking at the same positions that thousands of people are looking at—even those who aren’t actively job seeking. This means your resume will be part of a large applicant pool with stiff competition.

I’m not suggesting that you eliminate this tool from your arsenal, but I am suggesting that you minimize the amount of time you spend on this tool due to the low ROI.

Networking is the name of the game.

Let’s think about how companies go about the hiring process. Increasingly, companies are turning to their internal network—including their existing employees—to find great candidates.

Some companies even have structured incentive plans that reward employees for recommending people who are then hired.

Think about it: if your company is looking for an outstanding accountant, would you rather put an ad online and have to sift through the dozens of applications you receive from strangers, or would you prefer to ask your outstanding accountants who they would recommend for the position?

Yeah, I thought so.

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