When I am talking with job seekers, they have a bitter taste in their mouth from an encounter with a recruiter. But this doesn’t have to be the case! The same thing is true when I mention the word networking. Job seekers declare it hasn’t worked for them and say it is a waste of time.
I understand where these feelings are coming from. You’ve felt burned or let down. But what if you change your expectations and approach and understanding of what is supposed to happen? This round up of posts from this week are to help clarify your understanding of how recruiters work and how networking really works!
Working with Agency Recruiters on Job-Hunt.org by Jeff Lipschultz
Jeff debunks these three myths:
- Agency recruiters will find me a job.
- All agency recruiters are the same.
- Agency recruiters are career counselors.
There are tons of other posts and links to gain a better understanding of recruiters in this post and on this site so go have a look!
An Open Letter to My Candidates from RecruitingBlogs
In Amy Ala’s post she suggests her candidates do the following:
- Know yourself.
- Find companies that hire that.
- Talk to me.
- Apply selectively.
- Be patient.
Working with Recruiters from Employment InSights
This is part 2 of a show I did with my new friends Steve Boese and Scott Whipkey!
The real way to build a social network from Fortune by Reid Hoffman
Probably one of the more insightful posts on how networking really works and happens! He talks about:
- Strengthen your alliances
- The diversity of weak ties
- Three degrees of separation
- The best network: Wide and (selectively) deep
- Giving helpful help
- Set up an “interesting people” fund
- Reid’s rules (actions for you to take!)
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.