I talk to a lot of job seekers. I talk to a lot of coaches. Over the years I’ve had coaches say “if I tell my clients about JibberJobber they might waste their time on it, like they do on Facebook and LinkedIn!” I help them understand that JibberJobber isn’t a social network, so you won’t get lost looking at cat memes.
But their point was made, loud and clear. Coaches are concerned that job seekers are wasting their time.
That is because they are.
It is easier to do Thing A than Thing B, even though Thing A is meaningless. Example:
It’s easier to clean or organize your email than it is to email someone on your “chicken list.”
It’s easier to do some honey-do tasks than it is to go to a networking meeting.
It’s easier to revise your resume again than it is to get or go to an informational interview.
The things on the left are low-return, the things on the right are high-return. The things on the left are more comfortable, and easier to do.
They are also what I call hiding.
Check out this post I wrote in 2012 called Stop hiding and actually start your job search.