How are folks finding good jobs?

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The best way to gauge what is working in job search/career advancement is to talk to:

1)      Hiring managers or senior recruiters that are hiring and

2)      Folks who, recently, successfully landed or transitioned into a desirable job.

Based on recent conversations with numerous folks in both categories, Career Brander shares the following observations:

  • Referrals remain the number one way folks land mid or senior level jobs.  Additionally, for the best jobs, there is a strong correlation that  the transitioning candidate had a previous direct work relationship with someone affiliated to the hiring company. (Make sure you keep your relationships fresh, no matter how old your contact with ex co-workers may be. Do not wait until you need a favor!)
  • Recruiters are still playing a very active role in hiring mid or senior level roles. However, the trend at larger companies is to rely on internal recruiters as opposed to external. (Have you mined LinkedIn for the internal recruiters at your target companies?)
  • LinkedIn is becoming the central mining database for candidates. (Have you optimized your LinkedIn profile?  Have you affiliated with the right groups?)
  • Specialized niche research is growing. The Internet, but primarily Google, is becoming a more central research platform for recruiters and hiring managers. Online identity is gaining in importance. Candidates need to take control and manage their online identity.  In a strange way, you are what Google says you are. Secondarily, be sure to be active and visible in key trade organizations for your specialized skill set.
  • Job Boards continue to lose market share in terms of being the avenue to secure a mid or high level job.  That said, they remain quite efficient for core supporting or entry level job opportunities.
  • Lastly, for the recent college graduates, it is more important than ever to get into Intern programs and start building your networks as well as developing a base understanding of the corporate world.  This will lead to a successful accelerated job search.

Hope these tips help you in your career branding and career advancement.

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