Wednesday, April 26, 2006

7 Ways to Find a Job. No, 8! Aaaaah!!

From Secrets of the Job Hunt: 7 Unique Ways to Find a Job

I particularly like #2, write a white paper (and the closely related #7, write a case study). An insightful paper on a hot topic has value to the people you want to be talking to. It transforms a cold email from "hi, I'm looking for work" into something that might get circulated inside your target company. It gives you something to talk about when the interviewer asks what you've done recently, and it gives you something substantive to add to your blog (and résumé).

Once you write your paper, be sure to put it on your web site (or blog), and use a web analytics service (such as StatCounter) to track it. The web stats will tell you who's reading the paper (typically company names or ISPs, not individual names) and how they found it. Most of your visitors will find the paper through search engines, and the stats will tell you what search terms led them to you.

Learn from recruiter blogs

For a different perspective on the job search, you can read what recruiters are telling each other.

Recruiting.com and ERE Blog Central are community blog portals with contributions from lots of blogging recruiters. You can read about recruiting as an industry, hiring trends, and—my painful favorite—stupid candidate tricks. Because so many recruiters contribute to the site, it's a great source. Watch who posts, and you may get useful leads for your search. You'll certainly get links to other sites that might be on target for you.

Recruiters do realize that jobseekers are reading their blogs, of course. Wired & Hired is Talent Zoo's response: a blog for candidates by recruiters.

If you're really lucky, you may even find a blogging recruiter at a company you're interested in. The most famous examples are Microsoft recruiters' blogs on marketing and technical recruiting.

Recruiting and the job search shouldn't be an adversarial process, but it too often feels that way. Reading recruiter blogs can give you a valuable insight into the person on the other end of that call.

Looking for direction?

If you're considering a career change, Money Magazine has some suggestions for you:

MONEY Magazine's Best Jobs: The Top 50

I do enjoy those silly lists. Funny thing is, Social Media Analyst doesn't seem to be on the list... yet.

Begin at the beginning...

Why is it that every document starts with writer's block? Can't we take that out of the template?

Welcome to the Net-Savvy Jobseeker. I've been collecting bits of wisdom to share with people I know, and every time I send an email, I tell myself that it should be going into a blog instead. Well, this is the blog. This is my place for observations, tips, tricks, and links to some of the riches of the Internet for career management and the job search. Enjoy.