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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Job Finding Tip of the Day: Get Off Your Computer

The Internet is probably the fastest and easiest place to search (and apply) for jobs. It is also often the first and only place that people go. The result of this convenience: COMPETITION. And you don't want to be another lost resume buried in a stack. So what's a job seeker to do? Step away from your machine.

Why, you ask? Because most people I know who are finding work aren't finding it there. They are finding work through the people they know, and the people the people they know know, and so on. It's like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon. (I am so proud of myself right now for incorporating this idea into my writing.)

Employers like to hire a face, not a resume. Hiring friends, or even friends of friends, helps them accomplish this. It makes the whole process a little more personable (and makes employers feel good about their decision.)

So how do you become a friend, or even a friend of a friend, of an employer? Chances are, you probably are one already. And if you're not, there's only one way to start: MEET PEOPLE.

Join a book club. Go to a Yelp! event. Take an art class. Volunteer to run a beer tent at a festival. When you're there, make sure to talk to people about your interests and desired career path. You are your greatest salesman/woman, so get out there and start selling!

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Blogger Spudart said...

Oh yeah! totally. Great post. It also helps to have the tools to know what's happening eventwise in Chicago. has a great easy list of cool events to meet people. Facebook also has a ton of great groups and pages that list events. there's more and more groups that are posting networking events all the time. I've been meaning to put together a list of all the Chicago art, tech, design groups on facebook that list events. But for now, feel free to check out my profile and look at the pages and groups I'm a member of. i try to join all the chicago creative groups.

August 25, 2009 1:21 PM  

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