Eat and Drink Your Way to Your Next Job

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© Dr. Thomas J. Denham, Careers In Transition LLC

That’s my #1 technique for job searching.  Of all the many ways of finding work including the Internet, classified ads, temping, career fairs, the best way to find a job is to buy as many people as possible coffee or breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Let me explain.

If you are looking for a new position, you might be inclined first to go to the Internet and search for a job.  That would be a natural reaction, but it is completely the wrong approach.  Most people don’t understand that the Internet is one of the least effective ways to conduct a job search.  This is because of the intense competition when any job opening becomes public.

Since most jobs are never posted, you should spend 80 percent of your time using the most effective technique: networking.  Virtually every job search book and article will tell you that networking is the most effective way to land a job.  This is a planned and systematic approach of reaching out and contacting friends, family, colleagues, alumni and anyone who can open doors for you.

Internet job searching is the most convenient and passive way to find a job and that is why everyone is doing it.  Networking is the most-time consuming technique, but the most productive.  If you asked 10 people how they found their last job, maybe one or two would say from the Internet.  Remember, the Internet is an isolating activity.  You should do the exact opposite and reach out to others for help, guidance and emotional support.