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07/19/09
Job Application. In a tight market
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 5:31 am

Do you think you have as much of a chance of
submitting your resume online to a company’s
website with thousands of others doing the
same thing?
Do you think your resume has a chance of filtering
through several layers of filters when going through
a job posting web-site?
P. Korkki talks about these in a NYTimes piece
and that now is the time more than before that one
best uses their network to find a department member
of hiring manager to send the resume directly to.

She advises:  “work hard to find a contact who can be
your advocate…”
  “…ask your friends and relatives…”
  “…Facebook page, post a polite plea there.”
  “…do some research.”
  “…Go on LinkedIn and look for someone who works
in the same department…
            “…Don’t ask new contacts to vouch for you…”
The article points out some respectful limits to
contacting
people as well.

Some firms who seek specific people offer current
employees placing their name in a drawing for a Prius
hybrid if they recommend people who eventually get
hired.  So, looking for insider contacts can be good for
all involved.

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