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March 25, 2011

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This is great advice and I agree with it. I am a quiet person (employed) who could even be labeled shy. I have all but given up on looking for better work via Career Builder and I have never used Monster. Having said all that, networking to a better job is still a big hurdle for someone like me though I have the goal of finding a vocation that would be a better fit with better pay. I appreciate the post and will try to apply it.

Keep the faith, Kevin. I'm pretty shy myself but found my current job via the hidden market. My employer predominantly recruits through word of mouth, and they certainly would never use one of the big job boards.
I would add some additional general job search advice where I've seen so many people fall short: treat your job search as your job. That means that you should work ~40h/week looking and spend that time wisely (e.g., spending 40h on Monster is probably not going to get it done).

On the 3rd point, meeting people for coffee can be extremely beneficial. that's how I found my job and I've had it for about 10 years now, in the finance, surprisingly.

I treated looking for a job as "a job" I had spreadsheets where I kept track of names, contact info, what we talked about and what I should follow up with them on (ie a thank you note, feedback from someone they put me in contact with etc).

completely agree, treating it like sales is the only way to go about it.

I was once offered a job through the hidden job market, but I didn't take it since I was already gainfully and happily employed. I've had success with online job boards, so I think I'll be fine if I don't tap into the hidden job market.

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