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    •  Could I just add one comment? (4+ / 0-)

      Sites such as these allow job seekers to blitz the market, so if you are not an exact fit for a job or you have any liabilities (such as age or period of unemployment) you're probably mostly wasting your time. Yeah, I know you have to do it to feel like you've covered all bases, but I've never heard of anyone getting a job this way. I believe the most effective way to find a job is through people you know, so I would make an effort to get to know as many people — and get known by them — as possible. Go to events, go to meetings. I'm not so sold on events advertised as "networking" — they feel artificial to me — but try to get to anything and everything in your areas of interest and introduce yourself to as many people as you can. Go to lectures, go to theater productions, go to gallery openings, go to meetings,  go to headquarter openings for a candidate (how I found a job in 2008 when I lost my job in a merger — I ran into a former colleague at the opening of a local Obama HQ who referred me to a friend of his who was looking for someone).

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      by anastasia p on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 08:19:05 PM PDT

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      •  Actually (4+ / 0-)
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        Only two of the sites I listed were job postings.  The rest are resources for researching companies and preparing for interviews.

      •  Actually, every recent job I've ever had was (2+ / 0-)

        through these sites.  I have never once gotten a job through any inside info.

        •  It depends. (0+ / 0-)

          I had an 11-year career, took a three-year sabbatical outside my field, then went back to working in my original field.

          When I first interviewed back in my original field, networking was how I found 75% of my interviews.  "No current experience" closed off a lot of recruiter and job site paths.  Nobody wanted to hear that five years ago I was a successful candidate with a record of constantly increasing responsibility.  The current employee references were critical to passing the bar.

          Once I got that first position back in the field, things got a lot easier.  I think that different things will work for different people.

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          by Odysseus on Wed Jul 07, 2010 at 07:53:22 AM PDT

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      •  My very good friend (3+ / 0-)

        will be interviewing next Monday for a great job as a result of using several of these sites.  

        She is relocating back home and these sites have helped her to be noticed even though she is currently in another state.  

        Wish her luck.  She is a fantastic lady and the company interviewing her would be fortunate to land such a high quality employee.

        Her current boss knows that she is relocating and just today took a moment to tell her how much he will miss her both professionally and personally.  She comes with fantastic references, too.

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