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job search, crowdsourcing

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I recently read an article titled Strategies For Crowdsourcing Your Job Search that was very thought-provoking.

The general idea is this: Leverage your social networks to transparently solicit the advice and assistance from your friends and family.

Why would you do this? The article brings up several relevant situations, like getting feedback on your resume from online communities, and identifying people who will let you shadow them for a day on the job.

So, as I asked in the title of this blog post – is crowdsourcing your job search a good idea?

My answer is MAYBE.

While transparency can be a big benefit to a job search, it can also be a hindrance. Some potential hiring employees could be put off by your public solicitation of help from others, and there’s always the chance that you could simply come across as desperate to your social community of friends and contacts – people you will no doubt need to help you network.

So how do you know how much is too much? I would recommend that you find someone you trust – be it a

mentor, close friend whom you respect professionally, or a Career Coach, and that you run your plans by them before publicly posting any crowdsourced feedback or assistance.

Simply having someone else help you think through all the possible results of you posting something could save you from making a big mistake.

Have you ever used crowdsourcing for assistance in your job search? What was your experience?