If you are reading this post, that already tells me that you are somewhat savvy. You either spend time on various social networking sites or are just a fan of blogs and enjoy gathering as much info as you can. If that is the case, then you have probably been bombarded lately with the plethora of job search advice. What to do, what not to do, where to go, who to follow, etc.-the amount of advice is overwhelming.
And as one of many in that vast sea of free wisdom, I can tell you that most of it is pretty good. Conducting a targeted approach using personal/professional contacts with an accomplishments-based resume is the right idea.
Nevertheless, there always seems to be that one person (or few persons) who bucks the system, who defies the professionals, and comes out with the great job anyway.
The resume stinks. The cover letter is nonexistent. The person doesn’t use any of the trendy tools like social networks or blogs. He or she barely even seems to put forth much effort, and yet, here the amazing offer seems to just come his or her way.
And here you are currently plugging away at your job search, trying to do all the “right” things, and now wondering whether this advice is really worth it after all.
Listen. It is definitely true that job hunting is not a science; it is more like playing a game of odds. The odds are shown to be better if you do X, Y, and Z. The reason is because, frankly, people are involved. And whenever you are relying on people, there is that element of chance. What turns one person on can turn another off. As you know, life doesn’t offer many guarantees (remember that death and taxes cliché?), and a job search is no exception.
So where does that leave you? You’ve followed all the rules. You’re friend didn’t. He’s working, and your not.
Of course the variables in this scenario are numerous. Are you going for the same jobs? Are you living in the same area? Do you have the same skill sets?
But even with all that, your friend is still in the minority. For most people, taking that job search gamble often causes them to come up short.
The trick is to put your best foot forward and implement a well-organized strategy for your search but combine that with what makes you unique-you! Sometimes in trying to do everything “right,” we lose sight of who we are. We almost get lost in creating an image that we have a hard time fulfilling. That’s where our friend typically has it right. So find a way to strike that balance, and hey, keep looking up! The odds are in your favor.