Five Job Search Tactics That Don’t Work — And Five That Do

 

 

 

 

Liz Ryan , CONTRIBUTOR

 

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If you haven’t job-hunted in a while, you might be surprised to see how the talent market operates now. Job-hunting has changed a lot.

 

Between 1995 and 2005, almost all of us learned how to fill out online job applications and then wait to hear back from employers. That is a waste of time these days!

 

If completing online job applications and waiting for responses is your entire job search strategy, you could be job hunting for years.

 

 

You are very unlikely to hear a peep back from employers when you pitch applications or resumes into their automated recruiting portals.

 

Stodgy, robotic resumes are another staple of a nineteen-eighties or -nineties job search that can only hurt a job-seeker now.

 

Here are five job search tactics that haven’t worked for years — and five new-millennium tactics that will help you find a job that deserves your talents.

 

Five Job Search Tactics That Haven’t Worked For Years

 

 

  1. Job fairs.

 

  1. Resume-blast services.

 

  1. Reaching out to strangers on LinkedIn to ask them to refer you into their company.

 

  1. Using the same resume for every job you apply for.

 

  1. Completing online job applications.

 

Job fairs used to be a great way to get hired, but then for some reason employers stopped allowing their recruiters to interview candidates live at the job fair. That makes no sense.

 

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