I wrote this in January of 2009: Why I’m Uber-Frustrated (click to see the 27 comments from back then)
Like many of you, I’m getting a lot of calls and emails from people looking for help finding their next job.
Either they have been in a job search for a long time, or they are new to the job search, or they think they will be in a job search soon… it seems to be the season to be unemployed or know a dozen professionals who are unemployed.
I never went through this – at least during my own fruitless job search I was one of a handful of unemployed people, whereas now it seems to be in fashion (not by anyone’s choosing).
I’m quite frustrated. Not because of the economy, recession or influx of job seekers. I’m frustrated because I can’t tell people what they should do to land their next job. So many people will hear the advice, but really, all they want is the silver bullet.
All I wanted was the silver bullet.
Don’t give me lists of things to do… just tell me that one thing I’m not doing (or doing wrong) so I can find my next job. That’s all I wanted.
I’d like to tell people the answer is in networking. But that’s usually a long-term strategy. And long-term is not silver bullet.
I want to tell people they need to work on their personal brand and their googleability. But that’s also a long-term strategy, and won’t matter if no one is googling them.
I want to tell people to get on LinkedIn, but once you are there, there’s work to do to really use it in a job search, and it’s not a silver bullet.
I always tell people to check out JibberJobber, but it’s not for everyone. And while it can give you peace of mind in your job search as you track and manage all the data you start to collect, it isn’t going to reach out through your monitor with a job offer. And that’s what many people want.
So I’m left with all kinds of advice, some great, some long-term, some more along the lines of career management… and people look at me with that pleading look… where’s the silver bullet?