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The Online Job Search Myth


The myth of online job searching is that the speed and ease of sending off a resume – or of posting an open position, for that matter – makes the overall online job-posting and job-hunting process painless. Would that it were so. Ten years ago, online job searching was all the rage. It still is – in terms of the hours job-seekers spend sending resumes to employers via Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs and the other mega career sites. But something significant has changed.

Job-seekers have figured out that in many cases, your chance of getting a job by zipping off a bunch of resumes online is about the same as your chance of being recruited for Major League Baseball. Recruiters have figured out that the time and expense of screening hundreds of resumes makes the big job websites far less appealing than they might be. Both job-seekers and recruiters are looking for alternatives, and they’re finding them. In fact, job-seekers can waste countless hours carefully composing cover letters to send in response to jobs posted online, only to finally deduce the truth: most resumes sent electronically via career sites never get read. How could they be read? Corporate recruiters can’t keep up with the volume of resumes they receive. The process of sending off a resume, so easy on the job-seeker side, makes the recruiter’s task all the more difficult. Thus job websites have the unintended effect of depressing job-seekers’ spirits by making them feel that even sending 100 resumes out into cyberspace won’t net them a single response. And often, it doesn’t



02/28/2009 - Posted by | hiring, job search | , , , , ,



    “…Success can be the result of a new strategy. Chemical engineer Terry Childers is a prime example. He was laid off a year ago, and he landed a new job two weeks ago at the same pay.

    Childers credits networking at LinkedIn, a website that encourages people to network and learn about job openings. He had a contact at the company where he wanted to work.

    “I looked in LinkedIn, and I saw that I know someone who works in the group. So I sent an email to her, sent her my resume, and within an hour, she replied back to me, you have to change this and this and this,” said Childers.

    Comment by Bear | 02/28/2009 | Reply

  2. I apply to about 5 Linkedin jobs a day and it is the same black hole as other sites.

    I have contacted my dream companies, Disney and Fender. One guy replied – “I was just fired.”

    I have made some outstanding connections through Linkedin, but none of it has materialized into $.

    Comment by marketingsociologist | 02/28/2009 | Reply

  3. That should be a money sign at the end of last comment.

    Comment by marketingsociologist | 02/28/2009 | Reply

  4. An effective job search requires more than sending out resumes, and you seem to be doing the right things. LinkedIn, and sites like it, offers job seekers a tool to learn more about a company, its products, and opportunities. It’s GREAT that you’ve made connections through LinkedIn!! Keep doing that and you’ll eventually get that dream job.

    Comment by Bear | 03/01/2009 | Reply

  5. This also appears to be a good research tool

    Comment by Bear | 03/01/2009 | Reply

  6. MarketingSociologist – Do any of your Linked in connections work at companies you would want to work at? Have you asked if you can use them as a referral? Do they know enough about your skills and experience to think about you if they should hear about an opening? I think that is the point of the post – making your connections part of your job networking process. Have you asked people to recommend you? This is a great feature and some employers put a lot of weight on it. Good luck in your search!

    Comment by Jackie | 03/01/2009 | Reply

  7. choose 3 websites where job seekers got the best results – (networking for professionals) (aggregated listings) (matches you to the perfect jobs)

    For those looking, good luck!

    Comment by greg | 03/12/2009 | Reply

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