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Why Online Job Hunting Can Be Dangerous

I want to share this article from Canada Metro with you all because it hits on a major hot button of mine: the dangers of online job searching! Now, I’m not talking about online networking. I’m talking about online want ad sites like Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com.

As the article points out, people are simply more comfortable taking a passive approach to their job search, and that fits perfectly with big web job sites. Too many people get behind the computer and spend their time sweating over which buzz words they should use, wasting hours drafting their cover letter and submitting it to a black hole. Their internal takeaway is this: “I feel good because I spent a lot of time on this.” Allow me to translate: “No one can say I didn’t spend time on the job hunt!”   True – but is it time well spent?

My advice is this: quit being passive and get active by really selling yourself in a way that is compelling. Now, this may be a harder thing to do, and definitely less comfortable. But believe me – it’s the way to find success.

Check out the article and let me know what you think!

Join the discussion 7 Comments

  • Matt says:

    Personally, the most productive method I have used is LinkedIn. They have a tool called LinkedInsider, which tells me who works at the company I am researching. I do not use Monster, it is overrated in my opinion. I try to go where there is less fish… I also use google to research networking groups in my area. The “who you know” worked in the ’50’s and it works just as good now, if not even more so.

  • David says:

    I agree with you. The “who you know” is where it has been for years! Technology has just allowed us to expand our ability to meet more people so that we can develop and build our “who you know” network!

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  • David says:

    Thanks, Rose. I appreciate all of your thoughts and feedback. Keep ’em coming!

  • Scott Lemmons says:

    I agree the big job boards shouldn’t be the only tool used. However, sometimes they are a starting point. My current job, which I found after 11 months, was posted on Monster. I am equal convinced my interviews would not have gone as well had I not done the networking.

  • Jim Locke says:

    Matt, did you mean Jobs insider when you said LinkedInsider?
    (or did I not look hard enough to find LinkedInsider on the site?)

    Thanks for your thoughts, and I agree!

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