When you find yourself in a job search, it’s likely you will have friends or contacts volunteer to “pass your resume around” for you.
Is this generous? Yes.
Is it a good idea? No!
Here’s why I say this. The minute you turn your resume distribution over to someone else, you lose control. All they can represent is your past experience. Plus, if a decision maker does see your resume and politely rejects it, your chances of overcoming that rejection and getting a face-to-face meeting are worse than ever.
The same thing can go for some recruiters. While some recruiters can be quite helpful, you need to be aware that many companies don’t hire candidates who come from recruiters because that means that they have to pay an unplanned finder’s fee.
The important thing is for you to know your own target companies and whom you want to speak with. You should be confident that, with courage and resourcefulness (and maybe a little career coaching), you can reach people on your own merits.
You can learn more about this topic and other job search detours in my book, From Roadkill To Roadmap.