Does Not Using Job Boards Scare You?

It should.  It’s the easy, acceptable way to do a job search.

I’ve challenged you to do a job board fast during the month of July.  Don’t worry, we are not going to put a dent in the job board industry.  I’m not concerned about them.  I’m concerned about the effectiveness of your job search!

But not pushing the easy button (aka, using job boards) can be SCARY!

You know what else is SCARY?  Being on the top of a mountain during a massive lightening storm, protected only by your camping tent.  Dawn Rasmussen did that last weekend, and she was scared out of her mind. She writes: “It was one of the single most terrifying experiences I’ve ever had.”

You know what else is SCARY?  Seeing a huge black bear, only 50 feet away, on your trail.  Yup.  Dawn did that, too, same campout.

You know what else is SCARY?  For a self-admitted klutz, to do something that might cause them to fall… which is exactly what Dawn did, on the same campout.

And guess what – she lived through it, and she’s OKAY!! Read her post here: Do Something That Scares You… It Will Change Your Perspective

You too can live through a job board fast.

The purpose of the fast IS NOT to free up time to do your honey-do list.  It’s actually to give you the time to do other, more effective things.

So I ask you, what have you done this month, so far, in your job board fast?

In tomorrow’s post I’m going to paraphrase quote from a career counselor at a university – it was a profound, and totally fits into this fast 🙂

3 thoughts on “Does Not Using Job Boards Scare You?”

  1. Jason:
    2 other reasons to take your ‘job board fast’ challenge are:

    1. To gain control of your search.

    Posting to position after position, going head-to-head with the hundreds (or thousands) who have also posted to those same positions, puts you at the whim of those few companies and recruiters who even bother to acknowledge those postings.

    2. To regain confidence in your search.

    When those postings start to feel like a black hole from which your resume and cover letter never emerge, it saps your confidence. You start second-guessing what you are presenting, and doubting that your package is attractive to anyone.

    If you instead focus on getting in front of lots of people 1-on-1, presenting your package in an engaging way and watching those people nod their heads, tell you they like what they hear, and give you referrals, it puts you back in the driver’s seat and starts you back on an upward spiral of confidence.

    For how to do that effectively, see this link:

    John West Hadley, Career Search Counselor

    “Land The Job & Pay You Deserve”

    Get 100’s of Career Tips at

  2. I’ve been fortunate to be teaching students at a local career college this year. I asked a group how they’d look for a job, and they were quick to mention these job boards of which you speak.

    If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past 10 years of different job searches, it’s that we must have a more entrepreneurial perspective about our careers. This means doing so much more than posting to job boards and praying for the best.

  3. Not using Job Boards should not be scary. Not for anyone. Why? Its all about networking and social networks have made it sooo much easier to do that. And even if social networks are not your thing, there are plenty of other things that can be done. Check out this video I made on that very topic:

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