The folks over at TechCrunch actually did a post on the job hunt and online tools. I left the following comment (awaiting moderation):
YAHOO! We get to see Sam the Hired Man eat Pinochioâ€™s nose on YouTubeâ€¦! Read this post and tell me she doesnâ€™t love the process (make sure to read the last sentence): http://www.caro…job-no-problem/
I was laid off in January and began my job search, mostly with posted jobs (read: on job boards). Every aspect was discouraging (and confusing – that is why I created http://www.JibberJobber.com to help organize it). I never thought Iâ€™d be unemployed, but it was through this process that I realized that too many people (and I am first in line) spend way more time on their job than their career. Nothing will be the silver bullet – some will get jobs on boards, many through networking. Its not fun at all – but face it – we are changing jobs every 3 – 5 years. So what are you doing about it??
BTW, there is an EXCELLENT use of the tools mentioned above. If you think that applying for a job through a board or ad is a waste of time (it might be), think about the information you can get – who is hiring, what departments are growing, names of hiring managers, etc. This is terrific â€œcompetitive intelligenceâ€ that you can/should use in a job search – so donâ€™t discount boards totally.
There is a lot of confusion out there – I was certainly confused – and mad that I had to (a) go login to various job boards every day to see what was new, and (b) fill in the boxes for my resume AGAIN, and in a different way for all those crazy sites!!! How frustrating!!
Lots to talk about/think about with this stuff (like, using the RSS Feeds in JibberJobber to get around all of this (video on Add a Job Feed, and video on Quick-Saving a Job), and my last paragraph on an out-of-the-box way to use job boards)… will comment on these things later.
Have a great weekend – and Happy December!!